What is health coaching and who is it for?
At its core, health coaching is simply a way for you to figure out where you want to go, and how to get there.
It’s for people who feel stuck; people who have tried to make changes on their own and haven’t been able to move forward.
How do I know if a health coach can help me?
A coach is ideal if you feel ready to make a change, but aren’t sure where to start.
A legit health coach will offer you a free phone consultation, so that you can talk with them informally, and figure out if you are a match.
If a coach is a good match for you, you will feel heard and understood when you talk to them. It won’t feel like they are trying to sell a product or get you to commit to something you’re not ready for.
How is health coaching different from life coaching, therapy, or seeing a dietitian?
This is a tricky one. The first thing you should know is that a coaching approach can be used in any of these professions.
The next thing you should know is that a non-coaching approach can be used in any of these professions. What is even more shocking, is that some people who call themselves health coaches are not actually using a coaching approach at all!
How can I recognize a true coaching approach?
A true coach has no agenda for you. They don’t have a program or guidelines that they want you to follow. They believe that you should be in the lead, and they should be supporting you.
A true coach doesn’t tell you what to do. They ask you important questions, at just the right time, to help you figure out your personal best next step.
A coach helps you define, and refine your goals.
Most of all, a coach helps you tap into inner wisdom that you may not have realized you possessed.
Will a coach motivate me and/or hold me accountable?
Let’s get this out of the way: A coach is not a cheerleader, and cheerleaders are not truly motivational.
And let’s not mix up criticism and judgment with holding people accountable. Chances are that if all you needed was someone to yell at you, you’d have already accomplished that on your own.
A coach can help you find motivation by helping you develop self-compassion and self-awareness. They can help you identify areas of growth, and to celebrate successes. Motivation naturally arises from these efforts.
How do I find the right coach for me?
Try them out! People often feel like they need to pick the right person to work with, and stick with them indefinitely. That puts a lot of pressure on you to figure out whether someone is a good match, before you have the evidence you’d need to make an informed decision.
So, I recommend trying people out. (Not just coaches. This goes for therapists, doctors, dentists, and more!) If the initial consultation goes well, commit to at least three sessions.
Keep in mind that every session won’t leave you feeling awesome. Personal growth work is challenging, and sometimes you will feel worse instead of better after a session.
If you are unsure, do a gut check. What does your instinct tell you? Is working with this person helping you or harming you? Trust yourself.
Are you the right coach for me?
Let’s find out. Fill out the contact form below, and we will schedule a free consultation call. We’ll talk about what you’re looking for, what I offer, and see if we might be a match.