Health coaching effectively motivates and supports health behavior change through a structured partnership between you, the client, and me, the coach. I ask powerful questions to help motivate you to make health behavior changes based on your values. I'll help you set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) goals, identify obstacles to change, and create strategies for moving forward toward your goals. I provide support by tracking weekly progress and holding them accountable to their commitments. In addition, I provide resources for making healthy behavior change specific to what each client you need.
WHY SEE A HEALTH COACH?
The coaching relationship is unique. The coach and the client form a partnership to better equip you to realize your optimal health vision based on your goals and values. Any concern that gets in the way of taking care of your optimal health is the perfect subject with which to begin coaching. Therefore, any topic that you want to bring up that you think will contribute to your optimal health is an appropriate topic for integrative health coaching. As an Integrative Health Coach, I can help bridge the gap between medical recommendations and your understanding so that behavior changes are sustainable.
SCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE
There's a reason why it's hard to change behavior- the human brain is hardwired that way. The longer and more frequently we practice a specific behavior or habit, the stronger the pathway is within the brain. Changing a habit requires the brain to be re-wired. The new behavior needs to be practiced and repeated until it becomes the new normal.
The integrative medicine model seeks to care for the whole person by taking into account the many interrelated factors that affect health, wellness, and disease, including the physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual dimensions of people's lives. Integrative medicine is based upon a model of health and wellness, with prevention and intervention as the goal.
THE WHEEL OF HEALTH
The Wheel of Health developed by Duke Integrative Medicine illustrates key areas that contribute to overall well being, with mindful awareness of these areas at the core.