What does Health Coaching look like?
it's up to you!
Your path to health will be unique. There are many templates for movement, nutrition, sleep, and positivity. It's up to you to find which template allows you to be healthy and well. As a health coach, I will be there while you take this journey, to guide you on what the possibilities are, to help you discover your wellness.
Beginning: roles and rapport
Our sessions will start with establishing our roles. You are a client, I am a coach. We are here for your health and wellness goals. Your goals are yours, not mine. This may sound abrasive, but I'm being truly sincere. When you accomplish your goals, I won't be taking ownership, you will. I didn't do it, YOU did it!
Next, we'll see what kind of rapport we can build. I'm genuinely curious in your story. I thrive off of hearing people's journeys. I can tell you a little about myself if you would like. Beyond that, who knows what will happen. You may want to work with me, you may not. It might feel right, it may not. Either situation is perfectly acceptable; no one is forcing us to work together. Just like any partnership/friendship/relationship, we'll need good rapport in order to be successful.
Change: where are you and where do you want to be?
If we get this far, this is where the fun work begins. We assess where you are and where you want to be by using assessment tools and old-fashion conversation. What kind of change are you interested in? Where are you successful now? Tell me what kind of activities make you forget about time. What are your strengths? Where do you see yourself next year? Three years from now? Five years from now? We get the entire picture, story, and map to see where you are and where you want to be.
integrated plan: you decide how to change
You decide what components you want to focus on (movement, nutrition, sleep, positive behaviors.) From there, we will create goals that will have action steps to help you track your progress. Again, this is all up to you. You are the expert of you; I can't tell you how to change. You are leading us on this path to your health, I will follow.
From Change to transformation
I will hold you accountable to your plan; a little support can go a long way. We can tweak goals and action steps if you decide it is needed. Just know, as you continue to work on your goals, more than likely you will fall back to your old ways. This is not pessimism, this is statically proven. Once you accept this, your journey from change to transformation is profoundly easier. Transformation is when your change becomes permanent, and you will be on your path to health and wellness.
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has
been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed
there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
- Henry David Thoreau
What is Functional Medicine?
Per Mark Hyman, MD
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Scope of Practice
The following was taken from FMCA Health Coach Scope of Practice
Functional Medicine (Certified) Health Coaches DO:
● Encourage clients to discover what they want to achieve without telling them what they “should” work towards.
● Let clients define their idea of “optimal” wellness as it applies to their life and support clients in defining a clear vision of where they want to go.
● Help clients identify the changes they need to make in lifestyle habits.
● Help clients build confidence in their ability to make the desired changes.
● Encourage clients to set their own goals that are specific and achievable.
● Help clients come up with strategies to overcome obstacles that might get in the way of their desired change.
● Inspire by truly believing in their client’s ability to change and imparting this belief.
● Encourage the client to take responsibility and make choices that they have come up with.
● Ask more questions than provides answers.
● Refer clients to appropriately trained health professionals for specific advice or consultation.
● Guide, advocate for, and support your client.
Functional Medicine (Certified) Health Coaches DO NOT do:
● Suggest what the client should be doing such as prescribing meal plans or dietary modifications.
● Tell their client what steps are necessary.
● Encourage the client to adopt the coaches own nutritional philosophy, exercise program or other behavioral routine that they may be passionate about and has worked for them.
● Take on the responsibility for the client’s results and disempower them in any way.
● Judge a client by their own standards and beliefs.
● Coerce or control the client in any way.
● Use their own experience to influence the client to adopt any particular regime.
● Educate the client in an area that they are not suitably qualified to speak on.
● Modify or alter IFM Food plans, resources, etc.
● Diagnose or treat symptoms or medical conditions.
● Prescribe, interpret, or recommend food plans, supplements, lab tests, or exercise programs.
This is your path to health
You are the hiker and I am the mountain guide. Together we can look at the map, assess where we are, plan a route, and gather tools for the hike. But you will have to tie your boots, put on your pack, take each step. At some point the path may be tough, you may get lost, you may want to turn back, but I will be there with you to reassess, look at the map, review the route, inventory our tools, and continue to hike. We will get to the top. When we get there, it will not be me who drives a flag into the summit, it will be you.