About Lionsmane

Why would you want to hire a Professional Coach?

Laurel works with clients to understand better how their personal health concerns are all interconnected, identify an optimal vision for their health and create a Personal Health Plan that works for them.  Coaches and clients work together to create a life of maximum health and vitality resulting in the professional and personal life you have always wanted.

A coach can be a powerful asset who works in a partnership with you to identify, asses and accomplish your personal and professional goals.  A coach does not give advice, try to push or manipulate you into doing what they want you to do, but instead creates the space to figure it out.  A space where someone really wants to know what you want and helps you to plan a way to make it happen.

What is Integrative Wellness Coaching?

Coaches focus on assisting clients to take action in realizing their optimal health goals

Coaches guide clients through the process of creating a health plan for themselves, taking action, and following through on accomplishing the plan.

Coaches engage clients throughout the whole process by providing challenges and support while still holding the client accountable for meeting their goals.

How is working with Laurel at Lionsmane Coaching different than working with other coaches?

Laurel will collaborate with you to help you discover your optimal wellness and what changes are needed to live your life authentically. You can meet with her in person, over the phone, or virtually. Laurel is a Duke Integrative Medicine Certified Coach and along with her education in nutrition & dietetics and integrated marketing communications, she has the knowledge and experience to help clients achieve a higher level of health and wellness by working with them to identify personalized and actionable long-term lifestyle changes.  In June 2018 Laurel will be sitting for the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaching and will become a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach so you can feel confident that your well-being is in good hands.


Laurel Walther

Laurel has over 20 years of experience working for a variety of health, wellness and life science companies.  She has held leadership positions with large, global health care companies as well as local, non-profit organizations. These roles include working as a Community Health Educator and Nutritionist, a Professional Relations Director for a start-up Behavioral Health System and a Community Outreach and Resource Coordinator. Laurel has earned a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics from Western Illinois University and received a master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.  

Throughout her career, Laurel has remained passionate about providing groups and individuals with health education and guiding them to achieve and exceed their personal and professional goals. She is certified, as an Integrative Health Coach through the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program at Duke Integrative Medicine and is now a Coach Training Assistant at Duke. With this training, her knowledge in nutrition and her experience in providing health care education and marketing consulting services, Laurel has now started Lionsmane Coaching in Cary, NC.  Through Lionsmane Coaching Laurel helps clients achieve a higher level of overall wellness by working with them to identify personalized and actionable long-term lifestyle changes.


What are clients saying?
“I have a great coach who told me to value myself and believe in my abilities.” 

What to expect?

You may decide to have weekly sessions, biweekly sessions, or a mix with your coach. We recommend that your coaching agreement spans a minimum of 3 months. This is because it generally takes a minimum of 3 months to change a health behavior and to create a new one that can become self-sustaining. Three months is a reasonable amount of time for a client to experience the impact of coaching and to see tangible results.

When health change is clearly tied to values, clients are motivated to embrace the process of change and to overcome the obstacles and barriers they may encounter.

Health coaches are different from teachers, physicians or therapists. Coaches serve as guides through the process of change rather than an expert who makes recommendations on specifically what and when change should happen.

Integrative Health Coaching is a progress-oriented model, with a goal of increasing insight and translating that into action, with further learning from actions taken. This means that as you choose action steps to achieve goals, the coaches' role is to check in on progress with action steps at the beginning of each session and to close each session by helping clients make decisions about next steps.

Identifying values serves two purposes in making a change:

  1. It sets the stage for identifying the specific areas of change that you will address. Coaches support clients in prioritizing what matters most to them.
  2. It establishes a motivation for behavior change. When change is clearly tied to your ideal values, you are motivated to embrace the process of change and work through the obstacles and barriers they may encounter.

Potential questions that you can expect to hear from your coach are:

  • What really matters to you in your life?
  • What do you want for your health?
  • What do you value?
  • What brings you joy and happiness?
  • When you think about the vision we've just discussed, what stands out as being really important to you about your vision?
  • What values are you honoring as you move toward this vision?

The Coaching Process




Coaches recognize that each client is an individual and that the issues, concerns and emotions that affect that person's health and wellness are unique. They deeply respect their clients and blienve in their capacity to make lasting change.


A coaching partnership develops out of genuine concern and a profound respect for each client. The coach and client act as a team working towards a common goal: the client's optimal health and well being. 


In partnership, the client and coach work together with one focus and one action step at a time. The client will always be the one who chooses the focus for change and decides how to best put it into action.



Though a client always chooses the focus for change, coaches help clients to develop long and short-term goals they can be confident in achieving. Together they create success oriented plan for a clients' real life. 


Establishing accountability is an important part of the change process. Coaches help to establish this accountability, but once action has begun, the coach helps a client assess that action and determine if any further action is needed. 


Coaches help their client create a plan for a change that is geared to the client's values and greatest chance for success. Together they address lessons learned and successes, but the client themselves determines the lessons learned, acknowledge successes and determine what further actions to take.