Health Coaching

Health Coaching is a strategy which is commonly available to self-pay patients, but which is also being studied for use in underserved populations.

See one recent article here: Health Coaching Article

Tasks of an Integrative Wellness Coach:
• Co-create the holistic coaching relationship, based on building trust and rapport
• Establish clear lines of responsibility and accountability for the client
• Facilitate values of clarification, readiness for change, and identification of resources, both internal and external
• Clarify client’s desire for goal attainment, behavioral changes, or performance enhancement
• Maintain focus on capacities for growth and learning vs pathology or problems
• Develop action plans and set short- and long-term goals; monitor and track progress
• Facilitate growth in self-efficacy, recovery from relapse, capacity to learn
• Refrain from being the expert; move into a consultation role only after asking permission
• Be knowledgeable in lifestyle improvement including diet, exercise, stress management, and access to healthcare
• Provide facilitation for client to discover and embrace healthful changes
• Access tools such as the Wellness Wheel, guided imagery, and nonviolent communication as needed
• Use evidence-based methodologies and frameworks for behavior change, including adult learning theory, motivational interviewing, and aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy in terms of identifying limiting attitudes, beliefs, and lifestyle habits (cognitive restructuring)
• Facilitate client’s navigation of integrative and complementary health options for improving health
• Tie health improvement goals to overall wellness vision and sense of purpose, meaning, and belonging; facilitate bonds to community and supportive allies
• Obtain consent, maintain confidentiality, and follow the International Coach Federation Code of Ethics for professional coaching