My approach to coaching
The act of coaching is the opposite of what medical or other professionals do - coaches don't tell you what you need to do to fix your issues, health or otherwise. Coaching works through doing the opposite - deep and active listening.
By doing so, I guide you towards untapping your inner resources that, once unlocked, empower you to strive towards your goals. Through powerful questions, I enable you to experience self-compassion, to truly know yourself and what works for you. This allows you to become empowered by the new knowledge of yourself, fully owning your choices and realising the power to take control. I maintain a strong focus on the present and a constant moving towards a future ‘better’ self are key focal points for the health coach. This removes the emphasis on ‘It didn’t work before’ or ‘I can’t’ to ‘what’s really holding me back?’
Just so you know - I don't push any particular diet or fitness regime. As I said, I don't give you answers - I leave that to the dieticians, the medical and allied health professionals and the exercise physiologists. Giving answers would undermine the magic of coaching - applying active listening to help you come up with practical options, and help you find the motivation to try them and make the best ones stick. For good.
People our age (I'm one year shy of 60 this year - 2018) generally have one or more chronic health conditions or at least risk factors for which you are receiving medical treatment or are taking medications for. So to make sure we do you no harm, I work with medical and allied health practitioner/s so we form your health team. This interaction can be limited to getting their advice about what we should and shouldn't do (especially regarding a fitness activities) but it can be ongoing, so that between us all, you get the best combination of care possible.
Note though that I am not a counsellor or a therapist. If you are having mental health issues or are experiencing major life issues, then I am probably not the person for you, and suggest that see a trained psychologist and/or counsellor. I can of course work with them, but not without them.
HEALTH COACHING, WELLNESS COACHING AND LIFE COACHING - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE??
Let's start with health coaching. Health coaches come from various backgrounds but all ideally have a qualification in an allied health professional field. They may be nurses, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists, dietitians, osteopaths, naturopaths or other health related occupation. They work with people to help them overcome sometimes chronic conditions that have sometimes resulted from lifestyle choices. But not always. Anyone needs help managing an illness or condition that will move them closer to the baseline of health could benefit from a health coach. The role is one of support and the professional knowledge of the coach will often be brought into play. They can be found in many places, but usually medical settings or in corporate environments where people at risk have been identified. Health Coach training has usually complemented their existing qualifications.
It is important to note that health coaches and wellness coaches use the same skills and principles and the term is simply to let the public know they have additional training in a specific health field. However, health professionals may well choose to use the term “wellness coach" to describe their services.
Are a new breed of professionals. Just like positive psychology has grown out of a need to help people become happier, not just deal with mental disorders, wellness coaches work with people who may already be at a good point in their lives in some areas, but wish to reach their potential in some way that has yet to be satisfied. "Wellness" is about optimal well being and although it covers all four elements of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual, coaches very often start with the physical which can open the door to better wellness in all other areas.
However, as the demands and complexity of daily life increase, wellness coaches often find themselves supporting clients in overcoming barriers to change that relate to personal organisation, time management or a multiple of stress related causes.
Come from many walks of life. They support people to help them work towards un-achieved goals in all areas of life. It may be career, finance, relationship or any other aspect of their life that they do not feel fulfilled in. Life Coach training is specific to this more generalised approach, however, good coaches have a depth of experience in their personal and professional lives that they will bring to the coach relationship.