Have you heard of health coaching? Did you know it’s one of the fastest growing professions in the United States? And prestigious medical institutions like the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic now include health coaches on their care teams?
Even if you have heard of health coaching before, you may be wondering things like: What does a health coach do? Why would I want to work with a health coach? How could a health coach possibly help me?
No matter what your goals are, a health coach can support you on your journey to better health.
There are many definitions of what a health coach is. And as a rapidly evolving field, there are many variations in what a health coach does. Through the Kresser Institute’s ADAPT Certified Functional Health Coach Program, I received comprehensive training in areas including positive psychology, meditation and mindfulness, behavior change, principles of functional medicine, and a variety of whole-food/nutrient-dense/anti-inflammatory diets. While all that education is important, the greatest value a coach can provide you is helping you tap into your own expertise. My goal as a functional health coach is to help you see your strengths, articulate your goals, and tap into your own motivations. By working together, we can co-design a plan that leverages modern science and ancient wisdom, aligns with your needs and motivations, and enables you to achieve your goals and “better health”, whatever that means to you.
What Kinds of Things Can a Health Coach Do?
Depending on your needs, a health coach may:
- Support you in setting, staying accountable to, and achieving your personal health goals
- Assist you in exploring the motivations, strengths, and support systems that can enable you reach your goals and feel your best
- Provide resources and educational materials about different health conditions, diets & nutritional protocols, stress management techniques, exercise programs, and other health-promoting behaviors
- Assist with pantry clean-outs, forming healthy shopping habits, and developing strategies for meal-planning & meal-prep
- Support you in building your care team. From doctors and therapists to body workers and IEPs, we can all benefit from a strong team of qualified, experienced, and compassionate practitioners that listen and partner with us on our health journeys
- Collaborate with your doctors and other practitioners to ensure a personalized, comprehensive, & realistic treatment plan that fits your needs and goals
What Doesn’t a Health Coach Do?
Health coaches do not:
- Diagnose, treat, or cure illness, injury, or disease
- Prescribe medications
- Force you to make a particular diet or behavior change
How Do I Get Started?
Interested in trying it out? Contact me, or sign up for a free 30-minute introductory session today! You’ll get to experience a mini coaching session and decide for yourself if working with a health coach could help you reach your goals.