Talk to the Turtle
This is a note about how I make myself available (still here in December 2017) to you by phone. People usually try chatting with me with a couple of different purposes in mind:
- They have a relationship situation going on and would like some help figuring it out.
- They are working on bettering their relationship and want pointers about specific skills to apply in a specific situation.
Well, phone chatting seems to work pretty well. But I’ve found it best if we set up some agreements clearly, first.
“Counseling???” You probably want to forget about that word – counseling. There have crept into existence lots of rules, legal ones, about using that word. So I don’t use it. I teach, educate, tutor, coach. By phone we chat. We share.
I charge my time at $80 per hour. I don’t pay the phone bill. You call me. I can chat with you for increments of a half-hour (30min, 60min, 90min, etc). I prefer that people pay me via PayPal. That internet service seems to work very reliably for most people. I no longer process credit cards, but PayPal does.
I want your address and phone number in case of scheduling problems, but mostly I want your email address. I schedule most easily by email. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and thus I am on Pacific Time. I’m lazy (old, smart?), so I let you figure out how many hours difference there is between you and me. I schedule sessions using my time.
I am most easily available from 8am to 11am (PST/PDT) and 4pm to 6pm on weekdays. Other times and weekends can work. (Of course, I like vacations with Sandra a lot, so I am not always available.)
Its sometimes useful to share with me a bit about yourself in an email before the first session. A nice starting place is always some article that I have written that sparks your thoughts or questions. I do have my website pretty well memorized.
Organizing Chatting Sessions
I find that most people seem to benefit by coming to a session with a list of topics or questions. We then can work our way through it.
In life, there are none I’ve found. I just do my best, the way you do. So, drop me an email (email@example.com) and let’s set up a visit.