Invest in Yourself and Feel Better!
Sometimes feeling understood and learning about some new ideas is just what a Stepmom needs to get through a challenging stepfamily situation. Whether you want quick advice about a specific issue, are looking for immediate support to learn from an emotional crisis, or you want to create an action plan and get some on-going coaching to implement new boundaries and tactics, working with Cathryn is a very efficient way to help you feel better, more hopeful and less upset, after your very first session!
Why is it realistic to believe I’ll feel better so quickly?
Because this is not therapy. There are no initial in-take or background sessions required before you get some answers. A session with Cathryn is a compassionate exploration; a problem-solving, skill-building, creative-planning consultation designed to give you relief and solutions every time you work together.
How can you get the most out of your first session?
Send Cathryn an email to share all the background information as you want her to know at least one day before your session so you’ll both be ready to get right to work on your situation. If you invest the time and effort to write out your feelings, describe your stepfamily situation, the issues that upset you and the things you’d like to work on then Cathryn wants to acknowledge your commitment by reading (and re-reading) your story before your first session—at no charge to you. Note: time spent talking, reading and replying to you after your first session will be “on the time clock.”
Get answers and encouragement when you need it.
After your first session (1-hour minimum), you can use your remaining time in any increment of 20 minutes, via email or a quick call, to get the support, answers and ideas as you need it—no appointment, just reach out. Cathryn can usually reply within 24 hours—it’s just a matter of clock time and schedules.
FREE Copy of Cathryn’s Book!
Each new client gets a free copy of her book-signed and personalized. Give us the correct mailing info when you schedule your session and we’ll send the book out right away, hoping you have it before your consultation. Why? Because if one of your questions can be explained in her book, she’ll point out the chapter and give you the choice to keep talking about the topic or move one, knowing you will read about it later—enabling you to cover more issues during your session. Already have a copy of Cathryn’s book? Gift it to another Stepmom. Your choice.
Purchase by the Hour
Each 60-minute session is $220/hour USD. Once you click on the button for 1-hour Consultation, PayPal will open, asking you to select the number of hours desired each time you make a purchase. At this point, consultations can usually be scheduled within 2-3 weeks—based on mutual schedules.
Buy 5 Hrs, get 1 FREE
Buy a block of 5 consultation hours and receive a 6th hour FREE for $1,100 USD. This is a $220 savings. Why a 6th hour free? It’s a bonus from Cathryn—a reward for your commitment to your Stepmom journey. The 6 hours of time can be used over a 6-month period.
At the end of your emotional rope? Purchase an Urgent Session for $495 USD. This includes 2 hours of time and a pre-session email of any length. Your session will usually be scheduled within hours of your request (within 36 hours)—mutual schedules dependent.
Private Consultation FAQ’s
What are the minimum and maximum times for consultations?
The minimum first session is 1-hour, after that, your time can be used in as little as 20-minute increments or as long as 2-hour sessions based on your needs and mutual schedules.
Is there a satisfaction guarantee?
Absolutely! Unlike therapy, you can expect results from every single session. Your fees will be refunded immediately if you ever feel that you didn’t receive full value for your time with Cathryn Bond Doyle.
How do I best prepare for each consultation?
You can improve the value of your consultation if you think through and identify about the most important things you’d like to address during your session. At the beginning of the session, Cathryn will ask you what you want to work on? If you’re prepared with an answer, it’ll save time and you’ll be able to get relief and results from each session. Remember, this is not therapy (although you will learn a lot about yourself). This is a time to work on solutions and increasing your self-awareness to help you feel better and more empowered in each session.
Can I have a consultation on nights or weekends?
Yes! Cathryn will accommodate your requests in every way possible.
How often should I have a session?
That’s completely up to you. There are no time requirements or contracts. Some Stepmoms want help working through a crisis and may schedule several hours over a short period of time. Others like to have a standing weekly, bi-weekly or monthly session to keep themselves on track and feeling supported.
How do I buy a session?
Fill in the fields and click on your choice. You’ll be directed to PayPal, where you will be able to make your purchase with your credit/debit card or your PayPal account. Once purchased, Cathryn will contact you via email to schedule your session. If you don’t hear from Cathryn within 2 days, please text Cathryn at 609-206-2009—sometimes the PayPal notifications don’t seem to work.
Which is best working by phone, email, Skype or Zoom?
It’s totally up to you. You’re buying Cathryn’s full attention in units of time and YOU can decide how best to use your time, based on our schedule, time zones and your preference. Many clients start out on the phone because they want to have some sense of privacy, feeling semi-anonymous yet wanting the personal connection of talking. Some clients like email because of international time zones, lack of privacy or wanting everything in writing. Some people want the face to face via Skype or Zoom. You decide and we’ll make it happen as you wish. It can be a session by session decision.
Who calls whom?
I will call you on the phone number or designated Skype or Zoom address that you designate. Beware of Cathryn’s Spam filter. Cathryn has a vigilant spam filter. When arranging your session time, please give Cathryn the email address from which you’ll be corresponding so Cathryn can enter it with your contact. This will enable you to avoid the “human test” form from Spam Arrest. Cathryn will always acknowledge the receipt of your email. If you don’t hear from her within 24 hours of sending your email, please call or text her at 609.206.2009.
Can there be more than one person on the phone?
Sure. If you want your partner or 1-2 additional SMOMS to share the experience (and expense) that’s A-OK.
Can I record my session?
Absolutely! You will need to make the arrangements and if this means you need to initiate the Skype, Zoom or phone conversation, we’ll make that work for you. There’s a lot of value to listening to yourself and whatever is discussed from a more objective perspective. Recording the session also allows you to concentrate instead of having to take notes—knowing you can do that when you listen to the recording.
What if I buy an Urgent session and go under or over the 2 hours?
Any unused time can be used later. If the session goes over 2 hours, you will have the choice to continue, and you can purchase the extra time after the session, no problem! The goal is to give you immediate relief, insight, support and create a plan so you feel better and ready to handle your situation.
What’s the cancellation policy?
If you cancel a session within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment EVERY effort will be made to fill that time with another client session. However if your slot can not be filled, your fee will be non-refundable. Emergency situations will be honored—life happens.
What about confidentiality?
Your identity as a client and the content of your conversations/correspondence with Cathryn will never be revealed to anyone-not ever! The only way anyone will know you are working with Cathryn is if YOU tell them. Reciprocally, Cathryn expects clients to keep your recorded sessions private, sharing only with your partner, intimate friends or family.