Health coaching is a process that can help you make sustainable behavior changes so that you can be happier, healthier, and more energetic.
What I love about health coaching–why I believe that it works–is that it calls upon you to identify your values, to listen to your inner wisdom, and trust your instincts.
Health coaching doesn’t rely on some expert telling you what to do. And honestly, when I first began doing this work, this was hard for me to get used to. I spent years in pharmacy school, training to be an expert: to counsel patients on medications and lifestyle changes that they should follow in order to treat a health condition. And all too often, this expert advice had to be delivered in one quick session, with very little time for really listening or gaining a bigger appreciation for the person in front of me.
In contrast, as a health coach, I’m trained to listen and to appreciate the full picture of who you are–your tendencies, preferences, strengths, and challenges. Your life structure. Your goals and desires. I then take that information to heart as we work together.
I am here to provide you with the information, resources, support, mentoring, and motivation you need to make positive changes and develop healthy habits that work specifically for you, rather than trying to fix you or tell you exactly what to do.
When it comes to being healthier and happier, here’s what I believe. If you agree, and you want support in any of these areas, consider working with me.
- There are 5 basic fundamentals, or pillars, that we all need for optimal wellbeing: nourishing food, safe movement, good sleep, peace (stress handling strategies), and fun.
- In order to truly alleviate symptoms, we have to identify the trigger, the root cause.
- There is no one-size-fits all approach to good health. Each person is different. What works for one, may fail miserably for another, so trusting your instincts is critical for achieving better health.
- There is no time limit on getting better. We each progress at our own pace.
- When “being healthy” is actually stressing you out, you haven’t found the right path for you.
- What we think are “weaknesses” or undesirable tendencies, may actually be leveraged in ways that can help us be healthier and happier. Stop struggling against yourself.
When it comes to my style of health coaching, here’s how I will work with you:
- Keep it simple. My basic approach is founded on this sequence: Information, Preparation, and Action. I provide credible information, resources, and materials (a mix of resources so that you can read, listen, or watch and learn); help you figure out the tools and steps you need in order to prepare so that you can then take action towards feeling healthier.
- Each month (for 3 months), we’ll kick off with a 1-hour, 1:1 coaching session completely devoted to YOUR health and happiness. During the remaining weeks of the month, you will have unlimited access to me via email or Voxer, if you have burning questions or if you just want to briefly use me as a sounding board or share something! I will also periodically check-in to send info or materials that might help you, or to provide just a little extra encouragement to keep you moving forward. At the end of the third month, we have a final session to look back on your progress, and discuss any issues that remain.
- We’ll focus on manageable, low-stress steps, because that’s when good results happen and stick. I am here to help you avoid overwhelm, and make progress.
- I support people who are ready and motivated to invest in themselves and do the work. If you are full of excuses or married to your current lifestyle I am not the coach for you.
- I cannot “fix” you, or tell you what you “should” do, and I hope that you would not want me to have that much control over your life even if I could do those things! What I can do is support you, provide information, and ask direct questions that can help you identify potential steps to take toward optimal health.
- In order to improve your health it is up to you to make your own decisions, listen to your instincts, and have discussions with your healthcare team. Ultimately you are the only person who can make decisions for you. Not me, or anyone else.