Relationship Coaching

Relationship Coaching may be appropriate at several different stages of personal growth.  There are as many different kinds of relationship coaching as there are different kinds of relationships.  The common theme is to help the client to develop or achieve improved quality in one or more significant interpersonal relationships.  These can be relationships in any area including work, family, or social life.

There are two frequently addressed purposes for Relationship Coaching.  One is personal development in a way that will bring about satisfying relationships or a long-term relationship, when this is not present for the individual.   The other is the situation in which there is already a significant interpersonal relationship, and the goal is to improve that relationship.  (This could range from relationships with significant problems to relationships in which the goal is to move from merely ordinary to outstanding.)

We often assume that relationship coaching is about creating or maintaining a romantic attraction or life partner.  Relationship coaching is not limited to this area, it can help a client achieve improved relationships with parents, children, co-workers, friends, and others.

Relationship coaching may involve Couples / Family Coaching sessions (or Individual Coaching sessions) with or without Coaching Assessment to facilitate the client's individual goals.  Couples Coaching sessions are not conducted by phone.

Your health insurance may pay for treatment related to a relationship issue if:

(1) One member of a couple legitimately has a psychiatric condition (e.g. Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Features - see DSM-IV for the symptoms required for this diagnosis)

(2) That individual is willing to be the identified Patient under whose name the medical record will be kept and transmitted to the insurance company.

(3) Family Therapy (90847) is allowed by the insurance.

(4) Family Therapy (90847) is the appropriate treatment approach for the diagnosis and upon review is authorized by your insurance company.

If this is what you are looking for, your best option is to contact your insurance company to explain your situation and to find a mental health care provider. 

The position of Behavioral Health Consulting Psychology is that stretching the truth to get your insurance to cover relationship services does not set the right conditions for a healthy relationship and typically dooms the effort to failure.  Behavioral Health Consulting assumes the best outcome for relationship coaching occurs when both partners (all participants) are on an equal footing of respect and willingness to change.  For this reason, most requests for "marital therapy" are more appropriate for "marital coaching".  (Behavioral Health, PLLC and Dr. Quinn only provide marital therapy using your insurance benefit in the rare case that this is a service covered by your policy.)