FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COACHING, EVALUATION, AND COURSES

Remote (virtual) appointments are conducted on Zoom.

Supplemental coaching may also be via direct secure messaging.

No. Some people meet with me for a 1-time INITIAL CONSULTATION for my feedback and guidance. Others meet with me for a few sessions, and others meet with me off and on for years.

Booking a Comprehensive Relationship Evaluation requires an initial consultation to ensure that this is a beneficial option for you. Assessments are conducted online (7-10 assessments per person, depending on your needs), and take approximately 3 weeks to complete.

I then prepare your written report (25-30 pages) and meet with you to review your report.

The entire process usually takes 4-6 weeks, but there is often a 1-2 month wait to book an initial consultation.

You can book a private consultation and enter into coaching with me together or without your partner.

Individual Neurodiversity Assessments can be done without a partner.

Comprehensive Relationship Evaluations require both partners to be assessed.

Partner access to any purchased content is always complimentary. Your partner can be given their own account profile and “log-in” to access the course(s). Simply complete the CONTACT us to request partner access.

I coach people worldwide! I am in the southeastern United States and have coaching hours between 10 am ET and 6 pm ET. Some of my clients who are in places like Australia and Europe stay up late or get up early to work with me.

You must speak fluent English to work with me – I am not able to provide translation services for coaching and do not have courses translated into other languages as of yet.

As a therapist, I have worked with middle schoolers through seniors in their 80’s. I currently work with parents and families who have adult neurodivergent children (over 18), but do not have the availability to coach neurodivergent individuals under the age of 25.

I can often provide referrals for teenagers in your area, so just ask!

COSTS & PAYMENTS

This coaching program is comprehensive and includes a wide range of services at varying costs:

  • Private Consultation: Beginning May 15, 2024 rates will be as follows:
    • 1 – hour Consultation: $275 USD
    • 2 – hour Consultation: $495 USD
  • Private Coaching: Beginning May 15th, 2024 rates will be as follows:
    • 1 – hour: $225 USD
    • 2 – hour: $450 USD

Although my education and background qualify me to diagnose and provide therapy, I no longer provide mental health counseling/therapy which is a requirement for insurance reimbursement in the United States.  The expertise I provide to my clients is notably different from traditional “by the session” counseling which requires a mental health “diagnosis” with written mental health treatment planning that is monitored and regulated by a care-manager who has never met a client.

Some clients in the U.S.A. use their HSA (Health Spending Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account), but you need to check your plan to ensure these services are eligible.

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY

Your personal security, safety, and confidentiality are of utmost importance to me! The way your data and personal information are used and shared is outlined below.

Your information is never shared or sold and is securely stored. Any appointments or notes will not be shared with your partner or other family members without your permission or at your request. To see my full Privacy Policy click below.

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All information shared will remain confidential. What you share with Jodi Carlton, MEd, LLC without your partner or adult child present will not be disclosed to the absolute best of our ability.  At times, you may be encouraged to share information with your partner or adult child that is deemed critical. However, information that you disclose will not be shared without your consent.

On occasion, general information from a private session may be shared to teach in a public forum, but your names, details, and other identifying information will never be shared.

You are free to share anything that has been discussed during your private consultation or coaching with anyone of your choosing.

Occasionally Jodi Carlton may need to consult with other professionals in their areas of expertise in order to provide the best services for you. Information about you may be shared in this context without using your name or other identifying information.

In your interactions outside of coaching, such as in social media groups, your right to privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance, and your privacy will not be jeopardized. Your client status (inactive or current) will not be disclosed, nor will personal information that you have shared during private consultations, coaching, or evaluations. However, you are free to share what you choose.

LIMITS TO CONFIDENTIALITY

The consultation and coaching content and all relevant materials will be held confidential unless you request in writing to have all or portions of such content to be released to a specifically named person/persons.

Limitations of the client-held privilege of confidentiality exist and are itemized below:

  • If a client threatens or attempts to commit suicide or otherwise conducts themselves in a manner in which there is a substantial risk of incurring serious bodily harm.
  • If a client threatens grave bodily harm or death to another person.
  • If Jodi Carlton, MEd, LLC has a reasonable suspicion that a client or other named victim is the perpetrator, observer of, or actual victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of children under the age of 18 years.
  • Suspicions, as stated above, in the case of an elderly person who may be subjected to these abuses.
  • Suspected neglect of the parties who are minors, or otherwise unable to self-advocate due to cognitive or developmental limitations.
  • If a court of law issues a legitimate subpoena for information stated on the subpoena.
  • If by order of a court of law, or if information is shared for the purpose of rendering an expert’s report to an attorney. We caution you not to plan for Jodi Carlton, MEd, LLC to be an expert witness, or to provide a written affidavit without discussing it first There are significant risks to involving a coach in legal affairs.
Client Records

You may request a copy of your records which includes your appointment dates, fees, and participants, as well as a copy of your service agreement and consent documents. You will not be provided with Jodi Carlton, MEd, LLC’s personal notes about you or your partner.

SECURITY AND PRIVACY:

All payment and personal information will be stored in a secure manner in accordance with United States and European privacy requirements.

MY QUALIFICATIONS

Yes! I actually have TWO degrees!

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, University of West Georgia, 1997
  • Master of Education (MEd) – Guidance and Counseling, University of Georgia, 2000

Moreover, I have been a college professor, teaching courses such as:

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Counseling Ethics

To see a full list of education and experience, connect with me on LinkedIn!

I have been licensed in the state of Georgia (USA) since 2003 as a professional counselor (Licensed Professional Counselor – LPC).
In 2019, I placed my license on inactive status because coaching is not regulated by state licensure and only applies to counseling for clients who are residents of the state of Georgia. My primary focus is now coaching and I have a worldwide client base.

Coaching is not regulated by certification or licensure. Some organizations provide certification for coaches who complete their training program, but there is no standard for the curriculum in coach training programs. Many people who are certified coaches do not have formal education in psychology, counseling, or clinical social work.

Although I have over two decades of experience as a therapist and relationship coach, my own PERSONAL neurodiverse relationships with multiple partners, many family members, and quite a few friends provide “lived” education that no classroom ever could. I have two young adult children, an autistic daughter, and a son who has ADHD.

I have recently realized that I am, myself, ADHD. I can relate to the journey of my clients who discover neurodivergence as an adult. Because our own perspective is the only one we truly have, it’s quite difficult to recognize how we are different from others. My focus has been so intently on helping others that I hadn’t clearly recognized my own neurodivergent traits until I started noticing some significant commonalities with my ADHD clients. When I spoke to some trusted colleagues about this who know me well, there responses were, “duh!,” and “oh yeah, that’s pretty obvious – I thought you knew that already.” Well, okay then! Once I made the connections, so much has begun to make sense as I look back through my life – this is a sentiment I hear ALL THE TIME from my client.

Professionally, I began specializing in autism over 15 years ago, working with neurodivergent teens and their parents, as well as adults and couples.

Through the decades I have helped thousands of people get clarity about neurodiversity in their lives.

I learn more from my clients and my own family as any degree ever taught me. I continue to learn more every day!

I am a survivor of narcissistic abuse in multiple relationships beginning in childhood. I know the feelings of confusion, heartbreak, resentment, anger, terror, desperation, and hopelessness. I have been love bombed, devalued, discarded, physically and verbally intimidated, and gaslighted. I have experienced shame, guilt, humiliation, and the desperate desire to be loved by others who were incapable.

Through years of my own therapy, I unraveled and healed from my own traumatic abuse. I confronted codependency, a dysfunctional survival mechanism from childhood that I brought into my adult relationship. I have emerged wiser and stronger.  I learned to love and value myself, which allows me to safely and securely love and be loved by others through connected communication, healthy boundaries, and realistic expectations coupled with care, empathy, compassion, and affection.

My abusive past caused fear and uncertainty for me in my neurodiverse relationships, which are fundamentally confusing for individuals who are neurological hard-wired differently from one another. Over time, I’ve noticed a common pattern in relationships where both neurotypical and neurodivergent partners have often endured abuse in their past relationships or during childhood. This history hinders partners from establishing safety and building trust that is necessary to cultivate a loving connection.

Professionally, I am trauma-informed and certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (an eye movement therapy) and Hypnosis. I have seen clients heal and resolve traumatic memories through a combination of trauma work and talk therapy.

Because so many people struggle with feeling ignored, dismissed, devalued, and even unsafe, there are questions of whether a partner is autistic or narcissistic. So, I have developed an assessment tool and a course to help people identify the traits most associated with their partner – if is truly a critical to know because an autistic partnership may have potential for change and growth whereas a partner who is narcissistic will never be motivated or willing to stop abusing.

ABOUT ME, JODI CARLTON, MEd

I have over 20 years of combined experience as a therapist, educator, speaker, and coach. As a professor, I enjoyed inspiring curiosity in psychology students about human drives and motivation. I have worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families worldwide in over 13 countries with challenges such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, abuse, and brain injury. In the early 2000’s, I developed a counseling program in Dublin, Ireland for the The National Brain Injury Association.

As a leading expert in neurodiverse relationship dynamics, I have helped countless teenagers, parents, adults, and couples to understand brain differences in language, emotions, sensory processing, and behavior.

For me, neurodiversity is personal. My experience comes primarily from my own personal relationships: my 19-year marriage, other romantic partners, my children, other family members, and my closest friends.

I am also a survivor of narcissistic abuse and have spent years recovering from codependency (“pathological kindness”) that developed in my childhood.

Someone once told me, “I can’t imagine the number of people you help because of your own experiences,” and that is my exact mission – to reach and guide you through your own journey of discovery and healing.

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