A coach will help you attain your goals, identify and break through limiting beliefs, and ask you tough questions
so that you can live the life you really want. A coach will not boss you around or tell you what to do. They will
offer fresh perspectives, support, and guidance while challenging you to reach higher and stretch for growth.
The focus of life coaching is one of the main things that distinguishes it from therapy. Life coaches identify and describe current problematic behaviors so the client can work to modify them. Therapists analyze their client’s past as a tool for understanding present behaviors. In other words, therapists focus on “why” certain behavioral patterns occur, and coaches work on “how” to work toward a goal.
The outcomes may be the same – weight loss, more energy, improved mood, better digestion, clearer skin – but the ways in which a person achieves these desired outcomes look different depending on whether they work with a nutritionist or a Health Coach.
The initial consultation where we discuss your goals, your current struggles, and if we would be a good fit to work together, we start implementing small changes to your weekly routine and your daily life. During our weekly phone calls, we make a plan together on how you want to best put our discussion into action.
While a personal trainer’s main role is within the gym (or another fitness setting), Health Coaches typically do not meet clients on the gym floor, nor will they demonstrate how to perform exercises. While Health Coaches can be employed by gyms, their work is separate from that of a personal trainer and coaching sessions occur either before or after a training session.
If you think a health coach may be right for you, talk with your health care provider. She may be able to recommend a qualified coach who can give you the support you need on your journey to good health.
Major health coach employers like health insurance firms, wellness centers and weight loss companies want health coaches to have undergraduate training. Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are awarded in health wellness coaching, health sciences and wellness coaching and health management. Some employers may prefer an educational or working background in nursing, dietary medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics or behavioral therapy.
The primary role of health coaches in establishing good health among clients and patients is simply from a partnership in identifying personal health goals and work towards the completion of these goals. They do not analyze, interpret, or diagnose medical conditions.