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What does your website tagline mean? "Enhancing Personal, Relationship, Professional and Community Change for the Socially Conscious"
I consider myself a progressive person of social-conscious. I believe that “the personal” is “the professional” is the “political.” At this point in my career I have the privilege to offer my services to like-minded humans. I adhere to a fundamental belief that our personal, interpersonal, community and environmental health, wellness and wellbeing is nurtured by human connection that is grounded in justice and equity; and, conversely, that same health and wellbeing is multi-generationally harmed by the existing layers of cultural and systematic oppression and trauma.
I try to hold this framework as the backdrop to the work that I do and the life that I live. I am a European-American (Irish, German and Roma Gypsy) cisgender older woman, a lesbian from way back, a survivor, feminist, a parent by creative means, a community organizer and activist, and I hail from a small conservative farming community in Minnesota. These identities, with all of their colliding lessons, inform my motivation and dedication to the services I provide and the communities that I choose to serve.
In the direct service component of my work, I welcome people who feel outside of mainstream counseling or coaching settings because they have a socially conscious sensibility, are LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, feminists, engage in “alternative” sexual lifestyles or family or relationship configurations, distrust mental health professionals or authority figures, and/or engage in progressive or radical community organizing, volunteering or policy-making that addresses social injustices.
In the education and training component of my services, I choose to offer workshop topics that are consistent with my sense of social-consciousness, health and wellbeing. Frequent topics are: white-body privilege and being a racial ally, political trauma stress and radical self-care, life-work balance, oppression fatigue, compassion fatigue and burnout, and LGBTQIA2S+ issues.
What services do you offer?
I offer community workshops and professional trainings, individual counseling, psycho-educational support groups, relationship coaching, and wellness coaching.
For more information: https://www.irenegreene.com/welcome/
Where is your office located? Are you self-employed or do you work within a clinic?
I own my own business (Greene Growth & Training LLC). I am self-employed and have been for 25+ years. My coaching, counseling and training offices are located in South Minneapolis in a 1920’s brownstone building called The Well: Healing Arts Center. All of the tenants are independent practitioners in the healing arts. The address is 2100 First Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404. More information about The Well may be found at https://www.irenegreene.com/the-well-healing-arts-center/
What are your hours of operation?
I typically work regular business hours and Monday through Friday. I sometimes offer workshops or trainings in the evenings or on Saturdays. Longer relationship coaching sessions are sometimes Friday night and Saturday. (This is especially helpful for out-of-town relationship coaching clients.) I take regular vacations and days-off. I give clients reasonable notice of these days off.
What trainings and workshops do you offer, and what do they typically cost?
I offer trainings and community workshops at my offices and also for community organizations at their conferences, retreats, etc. Themes include: (1) professional and personal self-care, wellness and wellbeing. Specific topics: burnout, vicarious trauma, compassion and empathy fatigue, and work/life balance, (2) workshops and trainings that address European-American white-body privilege and how to actively and professionally address racial justice and equity issues in our personal and professional lives, (3) political trauma stress, oppression fatigue, psychological crisis intervention, and radical self-care, and (4) relationship health and wellness workshops for LGBTQ2S+, kinky, poly, and allies.
I offer professional CEU workshops on any of the above topics to mental health and social service professionals, medical providers, educators, non-profits, and community groups. Training fees vary, depending on the services that are requested and the length of the presentation. I custom-design each workshop so that it meets the particular needs of the audience. I offer a discounted fee to non-profits. The psychological crisis intervention and radical self-care and oppression fatigue trainings that I provide to street medics and community activists are free of charge. For more information: https://www.irenegreene.com/workshops-and-training/
What are your direct service fees?
(1) Rates for individual appointments are $185 for 50-minute sessions. (2) Relationship coaching with two people is $230 for 50-minute sessions. I have found that 75 minutes or 90-minute relationship coaching sessions are more efficient and effective. These longer sessions are pro-rated at that rate. Contact me about rates for sessions that involve three or more people or to discuss an adjusted rate. (3) The 14 Week Psycho-educational Support Groups are typically $50 for each 75-minute session. (4) Professional consultation fees are billed at $185 for 50-minute sessions and negotiable for larger projects.
Do you offer a sliding fee?
Yes, if a client is in a difficult financial situation, I am open to adjusting their rate. I have always set aside spots in my caseload for reduced rates. I am committed to making my services financially accessible to people who might otherwise not be able to afford or feel comfortable in mainstream clinical settings. I also offer all of my workshops with adjusted fee options and no one is turned away for an inability to pay.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I prefer to be paid in full by check or cash and at each appointment. With pre-arrangement you may pay using bank checks sent directly to me from your bank. I do not accept any insurance. Typically, insurance does not cover coaching. Sometimes coaching and psycho-educational support groups are covered by a Health Savings Account (HSA). If you have a reimbursement plan such as an HSA, I am happy to give you a receipt or complete any necessary paperwork. Coaching may be tax-deductible. Check with your accountant.
How do you ensure client confidentiality?
I make every effort to protect your confidentiality and health records. You are protected under the provisions of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). My confidentiality procedures actually exceed those required by HIPPA. I have these extra safeguards available: Hushmail (for email), SimplePractice (for record-keeping), and Doxy.me (for visual telecommunication) and a HIPPA-compliant FAX number.
What is the length of each direct service session?
I offer 50-minute or 75-minute individual sessions. I recommend a 75 or 90-minute session length for appointments that involve two or more people. Psycho-educational support group meetings typically last 75 minutes.
How often are direct service appointments scheduled?
Generally speaking, weekly appointments are recommended, especially at the beginning when our professional relationship and rhythm are being established and your issues and goals are being identified. I will make recommendations for the length and timing of sessions. It is ultimately the client’s decision.
What is your cancellation policy?
If a client is unable to keep their appointment, I request that they notify me at least 48 business hours in advance of their appointment. Cancellations that fall under 48 business hours’ notice are billed at one-half of the regular fee. If the appointment is a “no show” the full fee will be charged. I do not charge if an emergency has occurred for you or your immediate family.
If I am interested in more information about your services what is the next step?
I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation to each prospective client and a free 30-60-minute phone consultation to discuss the possibility of me facilitating a training for your organization or agency. To schedule this free consultation appointment email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through my web contact page.