Welcome to coaching!

You’re about to explore your own inner world in a profoundly rewarding new way. I’m overjoyed to imagine the journey ahead of you! Here are some things to know as we get started.

Some tips as we get started

Payment and scheduling

  • Practice platform. The nuts and bolts of our coaching relationship — payment, scheduling, that sort of thing — happen through a platform called Practice, which will ask you to make a free account. (You can make your account here, if you haven’t already.) Payment and scheduling emails from me come from addresses that end with “@notifications.practice.do.” It’s a new platform, so I apologize in advance for any wonkiness you may experience. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you run into any difficulties at all — I’ll help you sort it out.
  • Rescheduling. Life happens for both of us, so rescheduling will occasionally need to happen. You can reschedule using the link in the calendar invitation for your session; if you have any trouble, I’ll be happy to help you reschedule. Try to at least 24 hours in advance, please, and reschedule your session within 30 days.

Your sessions

Most coaching clients work with me by video call, but folks who live near the Twin Cities in Minnesota can also meet in person at my home office in Northeast Minneapolis.

  • 💻 Video sessions: Most folks meet with me on video calls.
    • You’ll use the link in the calendar invitation to join through the app or a browser.
    • You’ll need a stable internet connection, a place where you can be private and nobody will overhear you.
    • If internet connectivity ever becomes distracting for us — or if you’re finding eye contact difficult, or for any other reasons — we can always fall back audio. Just let me know.
  • 🛋️ About my office: Here’s what you need to know about meeting in person.

How and why to get in touch with Ash between sessions

The real magic of IFS coaching happens between our weekly calls, as you get acquainted with all the different parts of yourself, day by day. What you discover in your inner world will almost certainly surprise you — sometimes in delightful ways, and also sometimes in ways that might feel confusing or scary at first. So remember this: You are welcome to get in touch with me between sessions! I know there are parts of you who will be reluctant to do that — so know that I am very happy to hear from you between sessions when …

  • Something administrative comes up (scheduling, payment, that sort of thing).
  • You aren’t sure how to do the inner inquiry you decided to do last session.
  • You are getting confused by the complexity of your inner world.
  • You’re worried you are “doing it wrong.”
  • Any part of you is making you feel unsafe or overwhelmed.
  • It would be helpful for me to remind one of your parts of something, provide a little pep talk, or answer a question.

At any of these times, just email me, send me a text, message me on Signal, or leave me a voicemail.promise you will not be disturbing me when you do, because I simply don’t answer when I don’t have time to do that. 😎 And if you ever need someone to talk to right awayhere are some crisis resources that can be real lifesavers.

Some nice meditations

If you’re itching to get started exploring your inner world, these free guided meditations are a lovely way in.

See you soon!