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What's the difference between Coaching and Consulting?


Both services are highly personalized and tailored to your needs, but there are some main differences.  The focus of coaching is on the client's inner abilities and helping them to identify and improve those skills. On the other hand, consultants focus on a particular problem that can be improved with the attention and guidance from a professional who has expertise on the subject at hand.  

Coaching is a collaborative process. A coach will facilitate growth in their client throughout the coaching process. A consultant will analyze the problem and then will decide what actions need to be done to achieve a desired goal. 


What's the difference between Coaching and Therapy? Why choose a coach over a therapist? 

Therapists use a medical model, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders. Therapy often centers around analyzing patterns and cycles of dysfunctional thoughts and behavior using a historical perspective. Therapists accept patients where they currently are at in regards to motivation and create a treatment plan based off of this.


Coaching, on the other hand, is primarily present and future-based work. Coaches tend to only accept clients that are ready, willing, and motivated to begin tackling their goals immediately. A coach empowers individuals to create smarter goals by collaboratively discussing priorities and serving as an accountability partner to clients. 

What are the main benefits of Coaching?

If you're looking to make an impactful change in your life, coaching will provide you with the hands-on professional help you need to do it. Not only will we work with you to develop a sound plan to reach your goals, you'll have constant support and accountability to properly execute them as you work to push towards a better future for yourself and your family.


Not only will we work together to develop a plan, I will be your biggest cheerleader as well as your coach as you work through those steps. When you hit a roadblock, I'll be there to help you through it. If you like, you will be able to communicate regularly with me, and we can reassess and evaluate your action plan. We'll celebrate wins—no matter how small—and I'll encourage you every step of the way until your goal is reached!


What are the main benefits of Consulting?

Like coaching, you'll benefit from having a smart and well-developed plan. It will be tailored to you and created by a professional, with the goal of being easy to follow and execute. You'll also get support from a Montessori expert in a more flexible manner, both in terms of cost and time-commitment. 

With consulting, you'll work with a Montessori Consultant to come up with a detailed plan after assessing your goals and figuring out how best to tackle them. You'll establish a meeting cycle or a path of communication that allows you to keep your goals attainable and helps you stay accountable. We'll revise your goals based on progress at each check-in, but the work is done primarily on your own. You'll be armed with the education and tools you need to succeed!


What are the main benefits of Parenting and Co-Parenting Education?

The primary benefit is filling in the gaps in your knowledge base. You'll be getting professional help in a structured way that will help you commit things to memory. Our Parenting and Co-Parenting Education courses provide a didactic approach to improving your parenting or co-parenting experience. Additionally, the curriculum for each course is personalized and tailored to your specific needs. 


What are the main benefits of your Classes/Webinars?

They're easy to fit into your schedule and highly affordable. There will be a wide variety of subject offerings to help you learn new things that will improve your life as a parent, partner, and person. 

What the difference between Parenting and Co-Parenting Education and your Classes/Webinars?


Classes and webinars may cover similar material to parenting and co-parenting education, but in those instances we're teaching a handful of people together in a class setting. You'll get to ask questions and get some interaction with the instructor, but not in the same way that you'll get with the one-on-one attention you'll have through personalized Parenting and Co-Parenting Education sessions. It's similar to the difference between attending a class and having a personal tutor. Also, whereas classes and webinars are set and scheduled by us, Parenting and Co-Parenting Education is more flexible. We can create a curriculum tailored to your individual needs! 




How much is coaching?

Before we begin, you'll be able to have a complimentary discovery call to determine if it's a good fit for us to work together on your specific goals. From there, if we decide to move forward, there will be a 90-minute virtual initial consultation and assessment, which is priced at $100. 

From there, the rate for coaching is between $125 and $175/hr, depending on the coaching service or package chosen.  You may choose a custom coaching package to best suit your needs. We offer 60-minute or 90-min virtual coaching sessions in addition to 30-minute check-ins and text/email contact. 


Change does not happen overnight. Habits take time to form, so with this in mind, we highly recommend beginning clients to have regular weekly sessions to best start tackling the problem. However, if this is not possible, we are willing to work with your schedule. 


Habits take a minimum of  6 weeks to 6 months to become routine so bear this in mind when you are setting your goals. Investing in a more extensive time commitment for coaching will not only be beneficial to you, as it is more cost-effective, but it will also solidify your commitment to change. If something should arise that necessitates the cessation of our coaching relationship, you will be refunded for time not utilized under your existing contract. 

How much are Parenting and Co-Parenting Education Sessions?


Before we begin on any course, you'll be able to have a complimentary discovery call to determine if it's a good fit for us to work together on your specific goals. From there, if we decide to move forward, there will be a 90-minute virtual initial consultation and assessment meeting, which is priced at $100. Subsequent virtual education sessions are $60/hr. 

How much are Classes/Webinars?


Prices will vary based upon the content of classes and the length of the commitment (some will be single sessions and some will be packaged as a series of classes). The general range will be $25-$50 per session. Multi-session courses may be discounted. 



What will I get in return for my investment in Coaching?


Investing in coaching may feel like a luxury, but stop for a moment and consider what your life might look like if the problems you're facing as a parent were resolved. Oftentimes, we don't prioritize these things. Life just gets in the way. But once a problem is created, it's very hard to unring that bell. Things inevitably snowball when you don't face them. 


I am not a used car salesman. My goal is not to swindle you or sell you something you don't need. I'm truly passionate about helping families. While none of us will ever be perfect, the key to success is having a strong knowledge base, helpful support system, and motivation to grow with consistent effort. I come to this work with no agenda apart from helping families cultivate healthy, connected, informed relationships. When you consider the worth of happiness and quality of life for your family, the return on investment becomes clear. 




What is involved in the Coaching process? Who will I be working with? 


This service is provided by only Nikki at this time. We'll begin with a complimentary discovery call, as we want to make sure it's a good fit for both of us! I only work with clients motivated to really do the work to change their life. I can't change you on my own or guarantee a certain outcome, but I can promise to give you my all. If you work hard, I have faith you can reach whatever goal you set, provided that it's realistic and measurable. Once we decide to work together, we'll do an assessment and set some goals to work towards. Then we'll establish a timeline for meeting (see above for rates and packages). 


What is the process for Consulting? Who will I be working with? 


Cassie and Jane are our Montessori Consultants, they specialize in Montessori home environment and educational consultations. The process will begin with a complimentary discovery call where we assess fit and find out what goals you're seeking help with and how much interaction you'll need. From there we'll hold a 60-90 minute plan development session (billed at $125/hr). Communication from that point will be agreed upon by you and the consultant based on your budget and schedule. We're available to meet virtually at the $125/hr rate. Email communication is available at a reduced rate of $100/hr, $50/30 min, and $25/15 min. 


What is the process for Parenting and Co-Parenting Education? Who will I be working with? 


Nikki provides this service. She'll begin with a complimentary discovery call to uncover the problems at hand and assess what issues you'd like to be better educated on. If we agree to work together, we'll move on to a 90-minute initial consultation and assessment meeting (priced at $100). From there, we'll develop a personalized curriculum for you (see the breakdown above for pricing based on length of the course). The breakdown of each educational session is typically 1 hour which consists of conversation, education, and exercises to help you fully absorb and incorporate the information discussed. 


What is the process for Classes/Webinars? Who will teach these?


Our classes and webinars will be offered by Nikki, Cassie & Jane. They will be priced per class and will vary in cost and length based on content. We'll offer sign-ups and expanded descriptions in advance of each course. 


Is my work with Learning Through Play confidential? 


Our utmost concern is creating a safe, open space for parents. You're putting your problems into our hands and we take that very seriously. All of our work together will remain confidential. 


There are tons of options for care out there. From therapy to life coaching and more. Why should I choose you? 


Our team has extensive backgrounds in therapy, education, coaching, and consulting. We're empathetic and highly focused on helping you find the right fit for your needs. We've cultivated a team that is blessed with natural gifts for connection and support. As a unit, we're well-rounded and highly educated. We deeply, passionately care about parents and their kids. We truly want to make this world a better place, full of healthy, happy families. For us, the work we do is more than a job—it's truly a calling. 

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