FAQs

I've attended sessions on mindfulness in other settings.  Why pursue more?

If you have established your own personal practice, you may not need any additional assistance, other than opportunities for continued study, practice, and retreat. However, if you relate to any of the statements below, or you intend to incorporate mindfulness in your professional life, you may benefit from more structured practice guidance.

"I feel as though I am not 'getting it' or 'doing it right.'"

"I have great intentions, but get stuck when it comes to daily practice."

"I read a lot about meditation and mindfulness, but need help putting it into practice."

"I want to be able to talk about the experiences I have when I meditate."

"I want to learn more."

"I am contemplating bringing mindfulness into my work setting."

"I want to take my personal practice and learning to a deeper level and appreciate the privacy offered by one-on-one work."

Do you do mindfulness practice with children and teens?

Yes! If your child or teen is open, interested and willing to learn about mindfulness, I am very happy to work individually with them, as well as with you and your child. Often children and teens are very receptive to age-appropriate mindfulness activities, and even ask for more!

If your child or teen is not interested, do not push it. Now may not be the time. Instead, you may want to develop your own practice and model this form of practice and self care to your child. They might surprise you with their interest!

Many parents are concerned about the level of stress and pressure their children and teens are experiencing and want them to have skills to help them manage. Keep in mind, there may be something in the environment that may need to be addressed  (not just the child or teen!) to help ease the stress and pressure.

Is mindfulness practice a form of therapy?

No. The focus our time will be on developing and practicing mindfulness and meditation. While you may feel some benefits from developing your own practice in mindfulness, (and research demonstrates the effectiveness of mindfulness in decreasing stress, anxiety and depression), sessions are not therapy, nor meant to be a replacement for therapy and/or other services you are receiving. Mindfulness practices can call attention to areas of pain, discomfort or unease. If you have concerns, please discuss with your current provider(s) the risks and benefits to participating in mindfulness practice.

What will we do in a mindfulness practice session?

Initially, we will talk about your lifestyle, your reasons for pursuing mindfulness practice, and explore your experiences with mindfulness. Our time will be used to develop your awareness and skills in mindfulness and find practical ways of integrating it into your lifestyle. Sessions may incorporate basic meditation techniques, body scans, loving-kindness exercises, mindful movement, outdoor meditations, labyrinth walks and other mindfulness activities.

My friends and I want to learn more about mindfulness.  Will you run a group for us?

Yes, I am happy to facilitate a group, whether it be friends, family or coworkers.

What type of coaching do you offer?

I received my training through the Transformative Coach Training Program at The Graduate Institute, approved by the International Coach Federation. I offer coaching that addresses life, relationships, purpose, professional and personal development, and life transitions.

How do I know if I need coaching or therapy?

Together we can determine which approach will be most appropriate for your situation. Please call me for a free phone consultation.

Although both coaching and therapy happens in the context of a supportive, respectful and confidential relationship, the focus of the work is different, as is the role of the coach/therapist. Coaching tends to be an action and future oriented process in which there is built in accountability. The coach is typically more transparent in sharing their own experiences with the client, whereas the therapist may refrain from disclosing any personal information which may distract from the client's work or process. In my practice, therapy is a deeply explorative, insight-oriented process that unfolds over time and with the development of a powerful therapeutic relationship. Clients are free to explore the past, their inner most concerns, and make connections between the past and present day life. The focus of therapy is on actively healing.

How often would we meet?

Generally, psychotherapy sessions take place on a weekly basis. The frequency and number of coaching sessions are mutually determined based on your goals.

Do you offer online services?

I provide coaching via video conferencing services (such as Zoom), or by phone. I only conduct psychotherapy in person.

Do you take insurance for therapy?

No, I do not take insurance, due to the limitations and model imposed on the therapy. You are responsible for paying for the session at the time of service.

However, you may have an "out of network provider" benefit. Contact your insurance company,  prior to coming to your first appointment, and they will be able to let you know the details of your out of network provider benefit, and if they will partially reimburse you directly for the cost of your therapy. Upon your request, I will provide you with 'super invoices' for psychotherapy sessions for you to submit to your insurance company.

Will insurance reimburse for coaching or mindfulness sessions?

Insurance companies do not reimburse for coaching or mindfulness practice sessions.

What are your payment options?

You are free to pay with cash, check, credit card or from a health savings account. You may also pay online using Pay Pal by entering "dana@contemplativeinsights.com". I will supply you with invoices upon request. Payment is required at time of service, or in advance for programs and packages.

Am I responsible for paying for a missed session?

You are only responsible for paying for a missed session if you do not provide me with 24 hours notice.

What are "Contemplative Insights"?

I call my business Contemplative Insights because when we use contemplative practices we come in contact with stillness and the potential for greater connection with self and other.  There is a deep engagement with one's inner world that over time can impact one's outer world.  For more on the different types of contemplative practices  Click here.