What is a Health and Well-Being Coach?

"Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."

- International Coach Federation

What do health and well-being coaches do?

Professional health and well-being coaches have long been recognized for their skills in helping athletes and executives perform at their best. Now professional health and well-being coaches are helping people reach their best self.

Coaches are trained to help clients develop and implement personal wellness plans by:

 

  • accepting and meeting you where you are today

  • introducing the mindful thinking and doing work that builds confidence

  • defining a higher purpose for well-being

  • uncovering your natural desire to be well

  • tapping into your innate desires and drives

  • collaborating to address emotional and physical health together

  • drawing a personal wellness blueprint

  • setting realistic and achievable goals

  • harnessing the strengths needed to overcome obstacles

  • seeing obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow

  • building a supportive environment for success

Health and wellness coaches are practitioners and life-long students of coaching psychology, a field focused on the scientific study of happiness and well-being.

Skillsets of a health and well-being coach

Great coaches have several skills you will quickly notice. Coaches:

  • are great listeners and enjoy your stories

  • foster self-acceptance and self-respect

  • arouse, engage, energize, and challenge you to reach higher at the right moment

  • have a bird dog's ability to sniff out your strengths, values, and desires

  • are playful when appropriate.

  • take risks and ask courageous questions

  • don't rescue you from emotional muck - sometimes you need to sit in it for a bit to energize your desire to change

  • know how to celebrate your successes

 

Health and well-being coaching process

The process of working with a health and wellness coach evolves through several stages:

  • You provide background information through various assessments, so that you and your coach are well-informed on the key issues, including medical considerations, as appropriate.

  • During the first 60-90 minute coaching session, you identify your priorities and develop a personal wellness plan including a vision, three month goals and the first steps.

  • In subsequent 30-40 minute coaching sessions, each week, month, or quarter, you and your coach review the progress toward your vision and goals, explore and resolve the most pressing issues, learn something new, and then agree on a set of goals for the following week. You will enjoy plenty of "ah-ha" insights along the way.