In early 2015, I was introduced to a certified integrative health coach through a health initiative program I was leading at work at the time. I was invited to try a few individual sessions before setting up group sessions for interested members.
The timing was divine as I was struggling with some areas in my life. My professional life seemed stagnant, I had a book idea but wasn’t feeling very motivated to finish. My confidence was at a low point. My physical environment wasn’t one that I felt thriving.
When I read back on my journal entries from that time in my life, my heart goes out for that version of Rosy. So much was weighing down on me and I wasn’t quite sure why or how to get out of my funk.
I participated in the individual and group sessions, and was given some helpful tools that set things in motion for me to make some changes in my life. Along with that, I was intrigued by the process so much that I placed a pin in the back of my mind to look into what it would take to become a health coach. This experience was truly life changing for me.
Fast forward 4 years.
I am now proud and happy to call myself a Certified Integrative Health Coach trained at Duke Integrative Medicine.
My personal and professional background have led me to want to best support people who are caregivers. Those who care for others in their personal or professional lives. Those who put others before ourselves. Those who dream of a different career path, living in another place, seeking a balanced and joyful life.
If this is you- let’s chat!
I want to tell you all about this health coaching stuff and how placing a little realistic focus on you can transform your life too!
I thought I would write up a little Q&A you may find helpful to help share a little more about the health coaching experience. If this doesn’t answer your questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I truly want to tell you all about it!
Q: What is an integrative health coach?
An Integrative Health Coach assists people in leading happier, healthier lives by providing support and accountability in the areas of self- care, envisioning, and planning. This includes helping people clarify what they want, explore options, enhance accountability, and take action towards optimal health.
Q: Who needs an integrative health coach?
Everybody! Anybody! Haha…ok, so while I believe health coaching can be for everybody, ideal clients are people who could benefit from a supportive partnership and some structured support in behavior changes towards a healthier lifestyle.
Q: What are some examples of behavior changes?
Here are just a few examples:
- A person who wants to quit smoking,
- A person who wants to learn how to incorporate some physical movement into their weekly routine,
- A person who wants to make some changes to their nutrition habits,
- A person who wants to get in touch with their spirituality practices,
- A person seeking work and personal life balance,
- A person who is unhappy with relationships in their life,
- A person who wants to incorporate stress reducing tactics into their routine,
- A person who is struggling with how to get a good night’s rest,
- A person who wants to explore a different career path
This list can go on. The client chooses the area of focus in terms of what health behavior to change.
Q: What can I expect from health coaching?
A client can expect a fully present, safe, and supportive environment through honesty, respect, and non-judgement. While the process of coaching is individual for each client, it is fluid in nature, encouraging, and self directed.
Q: How is health coaching different from therapy?
A client and coach relationship is an even partnership. The coach and client are a team working towards a common goal- the client’s optimal health and well being.
While a therapist might explore history and trauma in the healing process, a coaching session will focus on the present behavior change needs and action steps to get to the desired outcome.
Different from therapists, coaches are guides through the process of change rather than experts who makes recommendations on specifically what and when change should happen.
Q: How are sessions set up?
In our initial session, we will discuss the integrative health coaching partnership, logistics, and expectations as well as answer any questions the client may have. We will discuss the client’s vision for optimal health and what led them to seek integrative health coaching.
The following sessions will be exploratory sessions in goal development and follow up in the client’s area of focus.
Sessions are typically 30-45 minutes in length and are typically scheduled every two weeks. Sessions can be set up more or less frequently based on client preference.
Health Coaching Sessions are one on one and conducted via web based platform.
Can you think of more questions I didn’t answer? Please ask me. I look forward to talking with you.