I have been incorporating health coaching into my practice for quite some time but have recently formalized it with continuing my studies. Working with someone who incorporates health coaching can have a variety of benefits. Health Coaches work with clients to help them discover the best wellness routines that work for them and empower them to meet their unique health goals. Some clients may take actions they never considered possible or overcome issues they thought were insurmountable. Having a guide may help a client discover how to make lifestyle changes after years of cycles of success and failure.
Research shows that health coaching has positive effects on clients dealing with heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, among other chronic diseases. Clients with these chronic diseases get help understanding their diagnosis and treatment plan, get support with the difficult emotions that can result from a chronic illness, and have a partner to hold them accountable as they take steps to manage their disease.
Whilst nutritional intervention remains key in managing chronic health conditions, it is also important to integratively look at areas like stress, exercise, relationships, spirituality and anything else that may be hindering a client making positive changes. It is clearly not possible to address all of these areas in one session so health coaching needs to be incorporated over a period of time. This will be important for some clients but for other clients just incorporating elements of health coaching into a session here and then can be really helpful.
I studied health coaching through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in the US. It is one of the most comprehensive holistic health and health coaching educations available.