What is Health and Wellness Coaching?
I had such a relaxing weekend this last weekend…
You see, I have my own coach and a self-coaching practice of actively working through the challenges, or anxieties or issues that come up. I am so much better at this than I used to be.
This is only possible for me now because of the coaching I’ve gone through.
What is coaching and why do we need it?
Health Coaching and it’s counterpart health and wellness coaching, have been longest established in the mainstream in the US at over 20 years, more recently in Australia, around 10 years, and most recently in the UK around 5 years.
But let’s start very simply and say that there are two perspectives on coaching.
There is no advice or teaching in this setting, and the method is evidence based (theories and models from psychology, coaching psych, sports psych, positive psych, psychotherapy and life coaching, such as the transtheoretical model of change, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Appreciative Enquiry).
Are you still with me?
What does this mean for someone looking to choose a coach?
A less skilled health and wellness coach will find it hard to resist slipping in a few unsolicited suggestions or recommendations and may try to focus on getting clients to achieve goals (habits) without getting their client to do enough thinking work. It takes time to move past this after all, we all come from a place of being told or taught.
One of the biggest challenges with coaching is that marketing tells us we need to focus on actions – like meal planning, exercise, drinking water etc, yet we don’t have enough motivational buy in or values alignment to do these things ourselves. So we may make change according to what we’re told but it often doesn’t stick.
That comes from psychological theories that we all want to be our own boss and that we are wired to be suspicious of others, so we resist being told what to do.
Coaching isn’t a magic bullet.
Interested in being coached?
If you need help with this process, or to learn how to self-coach, click here for more information on my self-coaching membership.
See you there!