The Coaching Process

 

 

Vision

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.

Partnership

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. 

Focus

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.

 
 

Goals

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. 

Accountability

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. 

Success

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.

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?