Let's start with what health coaching is:
Health Coaching is a collaborative partnership and personalized client-driven process,
using evidence-based, motivational interviewing techniques coupled with accountability,
to engage clients in making long-term sustainable food and lifestyle habit changes to support their health and wellness goals.
how would a health coach support you?
Empower and educate you to advocate for yourself in your healthcare setting
Assist you in finding a network of providers that best support your needs and wellness goals' wellness is holistic.
Support you in achieving your health goals and behavioral changes consistent with your healthcare provider's treatment plans and research based recommendations
Work with you to improve nutrition and make lifestyle shifts to promote overall health and well-being
5 Tips how to choose your health coach
1) be clear about your goals
What is it that you want to achieve, or health concerns you want to address?
Could be anything such as:
changing your daily routines to have more “me-time”, dealing with stressors, addressing digestive discomforts, general weight loss, implementing changes for known food sensitivities, implementing recommendation for certain conditions such as Hashimoto’s, PCOS, or gastric bypass.
2)use the free consultation
Many health coaches offer a free consultation (Discovery Call / Clarity Call) as a way to test-drive the relationship and explore whether you’d be a good match.
Use this opportunity as a chance to gauge how the coach makes you feel during the conversation. Do you feel heard? Safe? Not judged? Do you feel you can share intimate matters? Do the questions challenge you or make you think?
Answering yes to any of these questions is a good sign.
3) verify the credentials and experience
Health Coaching is still a relatively new field, so there are many people using similar titles that have gone through dramatically different training and experiences. Do your research, so you know your coach is educated in what you need and has the right certifications and credentials or is working toward them.
Usually, this information will be listed clearly on their web site. Bonus points for continuing education and personal development such as in functional medicine or mental/emotional support.
4) choose the setting
One-on-one sessions give you a chance to work on exactly what you need.
Group programs offer coaching, but in a preset group program, which means you don't get the personalized attention necessarily, but you get the energy and support of a group.
One time sessions are great if you just need a follow-up or add on to your current program.
Decide what fits your budget, schedule and goals, and find a coach that fits those needs.
5) leave the bargain shopping for shoes
If you plan to select a health coach based on price alone, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
Working with a health coach may not seem to offer anything tangible in the way a juice cleanse or package of fitness classes does,
but ultimately you’re making an investment in your long-term health and well-being. That, is priceless.
Interested in working with me?
I invite you to book a free Discovery Call so we can discuss your health concerns and goals, and see if we are fit to work together.