What Does Optimal Wellness Mean to You?
What would it mean to you to enhance your health? How will this affect your profession? Your interactions with your loved ones? Your goals, dreams and aspirations?
Portland Wellness Coach • Health Coaching • Life Coaching • Holistic Coach
Portland Wellness Coaching | Portland Health Coaching
You can transform your health, transform your life and transform your future possibilities through wellness coaching. Let’s take control of the factors that are robbing your energy, your health and your vitality!
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What Exactly is Wellness Coaching?
Wellness coaching or health coaching is a modality intended to create long term behaviors in client that result in healthy behaviors, stress reduction activities, healthy eating behaviors, and general education regarding health and lifestyle disease prevention. A big picture objective for most wellness coaches or health coaches is to help their clients identify health and wellness related values, develop internal states of wisdom and take actions that move each individual towards their respective health goals.
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Origins of Wellness and Health Coaching
Coaching generally is structured within the format of a conversation in which a coach listens to a client’s problem or challenge situation and then offers advice to the client. Historically, coaching has been associated with athletics and sports more than any other field, but that is quickly changing as people are realizing the value of peak performance in nearly every endeavor whether it be personal, professional or leisurely. Ultimately, the goals of coaching in any field result in the following outcomes: developing inner strengths and wisdom, enhancing self-confidence, and actively participating in goal setting and completion. It is widely regarded that health coaching originated with psychologists offering treatments to alcohol addicts and developing a system that incorporated: a twelve step process based upon Alcoholics Anonymous, motivational coaching, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The decisive outcome from this study indicated that the motivational component of this intervention was the most effective in terms of cost and outcome.
The Health and Wellness Coaching Process
Most standard health coaching models share a similar outline beginning first with a client introduction and engagement. The goal is to identify goals, set a basis for a coaching relationship and for the coach to build trust and rapport with the client. From a coaching perspective, the coach’s responsibility is to exude genuineness, utilize eye contact, exert warm and use a voice tonality that creates comfort and confidence. The next stage is when what has been referred to as motivational interviewing begins. The intended outcome using this form of interviewing or a client intake is to cause the client to focus on the present instead of the past and determine who they would like to be different in the future. This often requires the client to explore individual goals and values and causes a client to express what they specifically desire to change about their unique lifestyles and identities. One reason for this form of motivational interviewing is that it allows for the client to open up about what they desire and it tends to reduce the chance that the coach’s values and goals be taken by the coaching client. In completion, what results from the motivational interview is the client’s wellness vision or a creative statement. This is a snapshot of the client’s ideal scenario that involves one’s highest potential and the activities, events and outcomes that demand specific levels of financial growth, spiritual awareness, social connection, emotional resources, and physical wellbeing. Once a client has this in mind, then the goal setting process can begin because the targets have been identified.
Goal Setting with a Wellness Coach
Once the desires, values, and wellness vision have been identified it is time to create a quantifiable plan of achievement. The role of the coach is to guide the client towards their objectives and help them to keep moving forward in the face of challenge and adversity. When setbacks occur, the coach’s role is to help the client manage negative self-talk, despair, resistance and to create internal and external resources that the client can use to stay on track.
What is the Difference Between Wellness Coaching, Psychotherapy and Social Work
In short the difference between psychotherapy and coaching is that psychotherapy has been traditionally focused upon a problem and its origin while coaching focuses upon a solution and the future. Social work tends to deal with the external factors (living environment, relationships, workplace) that are perceived as inhibiting an individual’s growth. Overall social work is more focused upon the client’s interactions and relation to a specific community than the individual’s aspirations, goals and desires.
How Health Coaching and Wellness Coaching Can Help You
Wellness coaching is a fresh approach that supports clients in lifestyle changes. The intended outcome for wellness coaching is to facilitate lifestyle transformation for the coaching client. Within health coaching the emphasis is placed upon prevention of dis-ease and illness and management of the factors related to lifestyle disease. This involves a process of self-discovery, training, education, and empowerment designed to guide the client towards making significant health and lifestyle decisions. The role of the coach is to assist the clients in discovering their respective sources of inner wisdom, control and motivation. Instead of telling a client what to do, the coach guides the client through a decision-making process that clearly outlines the potential outcomes of each behavior and decision, thereby giving the client a full spectrum perspective of the short term and long term consequences of their behaviors. In many cases, this approach has transformed the lives of individuals suffering from health and lifestyle complications such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, forms of cancer and more. Many clients make small changes in habits such as eating more selectively, reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking and they experience tremendous benefits. One of the biggest secrets to success in wellness coaching is to get away from the mindset of taking away perceived pleasures from clients (smoking, sweets, alcohol, soda, etc.) and instead give them new physical activities that are challenging enough that doing the activity makes it very noticeable how the perceived pleasure is impacting their lives. An example could be interval training for a smoker. In very little time this person will noticed enhanced cardiovascular and pulmonary function by stopping smoking as the intensity of interval training conflicts with smoking. Another example could be eliminating sugars (sweets, sodas, alcohol) from one’s diet when they begin a stretching or yoga protocol. Many people would notice enhanced flexibility due to reduced acidity in their bodies and the impact that sugar and alcohol has on the joints in the human body.