What is a Health Coach?
A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals and tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients’ needs.
What makes a Health Coach unique?
Relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality are just as important to your health as the food you eat. Health Coaches understand this and take a holistic approach to supporting the whole person.
What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
A common misconception is that coaching is the same as therapy, when in fact they are quite different. Therapy is intended to help people recover from emotional or other psychological disorders. People who choose therapy generally feel that they are not functioning well, and are seeking greater self-understanding by exploring the reasons why they feel this way. Often, the therapeutic conversation is exploring old issues, past emotional pain and discomfort with a desire to find resolution and healing from the past.
Coaching recommendations are not intended to replace the advice of medical professionals. It is intended to help individuals achieve their personal goals. Individuals come to coaching when they are eager to make changes in their lives that they believe will lead to higher functioning, health and/or happiness. They are asking how to learn new skills and behaviors that they can incorporate into their routines to better their lives.
Coaches never diagnosis a client, and the coaching conversation is present and future-oriented. As a coach, I believe the only reason to spend time looking back is to learn from the experience and to take that knowledge to help you move forward. It is imperative that the coach knows when to refer a potential or current client to a therapist. Occasionally, clients might be working with a therapist and coach at the same time.
What’s the difference between a life coach and a health coach?
Coaches come from all kinds of backgrounds and careers. The common thread amongst them all is a deep and burning desire to help people live lives of meaning and purpose so they can reach their greatest potential.
There is a core difference between a life coach and a health coach. Life coaches may come from any field of education or experience, and they often help people make broader changes in their lives (relationships, parenting, organization, careers, etc.) rather than zoning in on health-related goals.
Health coaches also believe that wellness is the foundation of all growth and development. So, no matter why you want to hire a health coach, we begin with a concentration on self-care. Change is difficult, and when working to reach your greatest potential in any area of your life, a health coach believes you must begin with a healthy body and mind.
Why would someone choose to work with a health coach rather than a personal trainer or dietitian?
Many people who have worked with trainers or dietitians, both of whom are qualified to help people within their subject-matter expertise, but may not always have the knowledge or skills to help people make changes they can sustain for the long-term (once their prescribed plan ends).
The flaw in these approaches is that most people know exactly what they need to do to develop healthy lifestyle habits. It’s taking action on this knowledge that is the challenge. Coaches are trained to ask the tough questions that will have you exploring your deepest motivations for change, finally connecting your heart and head so that acting on what you know you need to do becomes second nature.