I saw on Noomi that you specialize in coaching young adults. What does that mean?
It means that I'm lucky enough that my coaching practice has evolved into assisting young adults with their goals and dreams and I couldn't be happier about it. In support of this, I also offer discounted hourly services for young adults age 18-25. If you haven't seen my Noomi profile, check it out by clicking here. If desiring monthly unlimited life coaching, discounts are also available, please inquire!
What is a life & wellness coach?
Life coaching is the more well-known term. But life coaching is often times specific to career & business, where wellness coaches help to build a healthy foundation first before focusing on any of that. Wellness coaches are broadly defined as "behavior change specialists". More specifically, I’m your partner. I believe that everyone already innately possesses the ability to reach any goals they set and solve almost any problem, it's just that sometimes these abilities need to be discovered and brought into reality. Each person's situation is so unique that one-on-one coaching is the ideal situation where the realization of these things takes place. My ultimate goal is to provide assistance in getting you to feeling good and living your best life. Sometimes it's simple. Sometimes it takes awhile. Let's investigate your situation together.
What exactly do wellness coaches do?
What’s the difference between wellness, health, and life coaching?
They’re pretty similar and all styles can be used to address many of the same issues. It is a common misconception that health coaches are only personal trainers and only concerned about physical health, but on that note, some health coaches choose to make that their primary focus, which is why we see so much information about that type of coaching out there. A wellness coach IS A LIFE COACH and will always vie for and help you to make changes that improve your OVERALL WELL-BEING, because if our foundation is not functional, then nothing else in our life will be. We see that as the ultimate goal in life, and after addressing the foundation, we can address the rest of the client's life.
How does that differ from counseling and psychotherapy?
Coaching is pro-active, and perpetually moving forward at all times. Psychotherapy is tremendously useful in the right situations. But in coaching, we don’t focus on the past. Talking about the past and how it has shaped you is perfectly fine, however!
Why would someone want a coach?
Accountability is likely the greatest benefit. As you learn and then begin to implement changes in your life, there will inevitably be obstacles that present themselves in your path. This is where a coach can guide and help you to refocus yourself back towards the direction you want to go. Life is always unfolding and changing, and having a coach to work with can keep you on track. In addition, I have researched and studied, as well as practiced, many different health-promoting modalities that I often discuss in my blog, that may be of use to you. I’d love to teach you about some of these methods and find out which ones work for you.
What is your coaching style like?
You’re ultimately the boss. If we start down a particular path and you decide that you don’t want to explore that path after all, that’s OK! We can redirect and get you headed in the direction that you want instead. But honestly, I really like to "get to the point", especially in our first few sessions together, so that we can efficiently and effectively work to create change in your life without wasting your time.
Are wellness coaches bound by a code of ethics?
YES! We are bound by a code of ethics similar to psychotherapists and counselors, with client confidentiality being a top priority.
Do wellness coaches believe that natural and holistic therapies are the ONLY methods to help clients?
Absolutely not, although I can only speak for myself! I believe that a joint (integrative) approach to overall health works best.
What EXACTLY can I expect? How exactly does coaching work?
You have goals. You have frustrations about specific things in your life. You have better ideas of how you’d like your life to be going. Intensive sessions with me and routine check-ins can help you get there. In one coaching session, you might learn a new skill, or learn to have a different perspective in general. But you’ll really see the changes take place over a longer period of time when we work together through routine face-to-face sessions and email check-ins. Clients express that the most satisfying length of time is between 6 months to 1 year, but we can accomplish quite a bit in as little as 3 months.
Coaching feels a lot like talking to a good friend. Are we friends?
The coaching relationship is a type of friendship with foundations around the coaching itself. It will almost always be a client-coach relationship because that's where it started. It's likely that the biggest difference between talking to a coach and talking to a friend is that coaches went to school to learn how to assist you in bringing out your best self, and invested time and money into learning how to do that. Your coach should be treated with respect because of this even though sometimes it can feel like a friendship you have with someone else that might have looser boundaries.