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If my doctor recommended that I see a wellness coach, will you be in contact with them? Yes. Some doctors have very specific goals for their patients in working with a wellness coach, i.e.: A1C reduction, overall cholesterol improvement, etc., and others just want their patients to make lifestyle improvements to reduce stress. It’s important for me to know what goals we are working towards.


What is a wellness coach?  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 coaxed 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.


  

What exactly do wellness coaches do? 


  • I provide assistance in navigating through the enormous plethora of seemingly contradictory health information that is out there! I mean, really, it can be maddening to do an internet search for any health topic nowadays. My personal methods and philosophies are backed by evidence-based science.


  • I also teach you how to adapt positive behavior changes into your life. Often we repeatedly see the same urgent health guidelines: “Eat healthier! Exercise! Reduce stress!”, but positive behavior change and its implementation means VASTLY different things to different people. 


  • I provide personal accountability.


What’s the difference between wellness, health, and life coaching? They’re pretty similar and can be used to address many of the same issues. A wellness coach will always vie for and help you to make changes that improve your OVERALL WELL-BEING. We see that as the ultimate goal in life, and we steer and educate our clients in this direction.


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 then try to implement health 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 may be of use to you. I’d love to teach you about some of these methods.


Can you coach me on issues outside of wellness? Of course!  Actually, almost all of our life issues are related to our health and wellness. So, the answer is yes I can, and I will always coach you from an angle that your overall wellness is the ultimate outcome.


What is your coaching style like? You’re 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.  I also 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. I believe that a joint (integrative) approach to overall health works best.


What EXACTLY can I expect? How exactly does coaching work? You have frustrations about specific things in your life. You have goals. 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.  The 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.