Frequently Asked Questions
No. Once we've both agreed that we are a good fit as coach and client, I do recommend you commit to a minimum of 6 sessions, as this honours the time it takes to become aware of and change significant thinking and behavioural patterns. However, it is your role as client to decide how the coaching is best serving you.
I offer a sliding scale depending on your income. I will share that fee scale with you in our exploratory (no fee) session before we agree to progress with coaching. For those without or on limited incomes, I hold 3 "scholarship" positions where we can negotiate a fee or barter that works for you and me.
My fee acknowledges your ability to pay (with a stretch that values your commitment to the process) and the training, experience and expertise that I bring as your coach.
I offer a 10% discount to clients who pay for 6 sessions at the start of coaching.
Yes! I offer most of my coaching online, using applications such as Skype, Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp. So, you can access coaching with Aware with Words from anywhere in the world, that has phone/internet connection!
No. We may explore your relationship to money, blocks you encounter in your marketing process or business system implementation (where these are areas that matter to you), but I do not offer content advice in these areas.
However, I am available (in the communication training arm of Aware with Words) to provide training and mentoring in interpersonal communication systems, processes and practices - in your organisation or personal life.
Yes! My approach to training is to co-create with you the program that will best meet your needs, identifying what is working well for you now, how you can enhance that success and where you need to step into new areas of skill.
You decide whether your needs are best met by our standard programs, tailoring our programs to suit your needs, or creating new programs with you.
Anger is something we wholeheartedly embrace, value and explore in our workshops. By pausing and giving attention to our anger we can learn to discover the deeper unmet needs we have that are buried within it.
Compassionate Communication is about a way of being in the world - a spirit that seeks compassionate and respectful connection - while getting the "stuff of life" done. This is the starting point of our trainings. In our workshops, we use “tools” and techniques only for as long as they are helpful in supporting this focus.
In each workshop we quickly shift to practicing this consciousness using everyday language. This approach is informed by work of Certified NVC Trainers (see Centre for Nonviolent Communication) and my own experience working as a Speech Pathologist and communications practitioner.
To explore this further, you might like to look at some of Marshall Rosenberg’s introductory NVC Videos on You Tube, and also Miki Kashtan’s video: “Naturalising NVC” (also on You Tube).
Great question! In part it’s about what resources best meet your needs for learning. However, there is a huge difference between watching a recorded program or reading a book and attending a training where you get to actually practice the new ways of communicating in a safe, non judgemental and playful environment.
Participants in live training often report their learning to be faster, deeper and more nimble when learning communication approaches through real time interactions with others. It is even more so when followed up with client focused coaching.
Ref. : “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” (2nd Edition, 2015, PuddleDancer Press, CA.),
Yes. Contact me and let’s get planning!
Yes, we offer group coaching which we find to be a highly valuable follow up to training or for addressing issues that all participants share at some level. The issues may relate to a work team, a community group, a family, or a group of people who have attended a communication or leadership training and wish to integrate the learning into their lives.
For most coaching groups we meet briefly one on one with the individuals who will be part of the group to support them to get clear on what they are envisioning for their lives or the group and the goals they would enjoy addressing in coaching. We also listen for any concerns or potential blocks to achieving their goals. In a business context, our first contact is with the sponsor and client of the group.
We use an appreciative enquiry approach, drawing on the wisdom and expertise of the group. However there are times when the group is needing specialist knowledge, in which case we offer that and then hold the space while the group reflect on their response to and desired action springing from the new information.