It's More than Just a 'Diet' or a Workout Plan!
A health & wellness coach focuses on helping clients identify and achieve healthy long-term lifestyle goals. Throughout the coaching process, you will learn about fitness and nutrition while identifying and addressing emotional, behavioral, physical and lifestyle factors directly correlated to the process of behavior change. Health & Wellness coaching is not about encouraging a client toward a weight-centered goal, it is about creating goals that are positive, realistic, and sustainable. Choosing to partner with a health & wellness coach is a rewarding and beneficial experience for the reasons mentioned below.
A Coaching Process Driven by Your Strengths
Guiding clients through a behavior change is one of many ways in which a Health & Wellness Coach can be a necessary and integral part of your life. Health & Wellness Coaches are trained in the psychology of behavior change as well as nutrition and physical activity. To encourage and evoke change for their clients, Health & Wellness Coaches use a multifaceted approach that encourages clients to take a deeper dive into the root causes of their current behaviors and identify the barriers correlated with implementing new behaviors. Health & Wellness Coaches do not solely focus on helping their clients to become physically fit, they instead focus holistically on wellness.
Health & Wellness Coaches focus on the strengths of their clients and ask powerful questions to help their clients discover their own answers and solutions by exploring their internal thoughts, beliefs, and intrinsic motivation for lifestyle changes. Using this comprehensive approach allows a Health & Wellness Coach to collaborate with their clients to develop personalized strategies to sustain change long-term. Therefore, coaches use a client-centered style of coaching to allow their clients to have their own abilities and reasons for change.
Meeting ethical guidelines and professional standards while working with clients is a top priority for Health & Wellness Coaches. A coach’s professionalism is demonstrated through a high level of integrity, positive attitude, valid credentials, practical skills, and strong communication. Coaching agreements are commonly created by Health & Wellness Coaches during the initial meeting with a client to ensure a clear understanding of the requirements needed for the coaching interaction. For example, a coaching agreement should include a detailed outline of the rights and responsibilities for both the coach and client.
Although Health & Wellness Coaches go through extensive training while going through the process of becoming certified, situations may arise while working with clients that fall outside of their scope of practice. When this happens, it is imperative for coaches to clearly communicate with their clients and provide a credible resource or referral. Health & Wellness Coaches should maintain a diverse network of trusted professionals who are more qualified to help their clients.
Self-efficacy is the belief that one is capable of accomplishing a specific goal and is a product of our thought patterns, past personal accomplishments, vicarious experiences, and ver