Wellness coaching clients benefit from a strength-based approach to improving their health and overall well-being. Our wellness coaching clients benefit from an approach that is focused more on nurturing the best in oneself than just on “fixing what’s broken.” Wellness coaching is for individuals who need help improving their well-being, including those struggling with weight-related health issues; with how to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes, food allergies and Lyme disease; with improving nutrition; with improving the quality of sleep; with improving exercise regimes and other areas of life.
Our wellness coaches partner with their clients to help identify goals and develop plans that are as realistic as they are holistic. Our clients benefit from being able to set wellness goals that work for their lifestyle and that are sustainable and developing resilience to help the recover from setbacks. Our coaches can focus specific goals, as well as the complex ones, including better managing stress, improving mood, reducing food cravings, improving quality of sleep, reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.
Wellness coaches are hands-on, results-driven and action-oriented. Our coaches help clients identify their goals, come up with a plan to accomplish them and then provide the follow-up and accountability that helps support lasting change.
Often referred to as health coaches, food coaches, diet coaches or fitness coaches, we believe that the term wellness coach better defines our whole-body, whole-mind approach to health improvement. Our coaches are willing to work hands-on and in detail with clients, digging deeply into issues like how to shop in a healthy fashion on-budget to managing responses to complex health challenges.
The trusting relationship clients are able to develop with our coaches allow our clients to explore their values and desires and come up with custom-made and realistic goals and strategies that they are confident will work. What matters to our wellness coaches is that their clients improve their health, diet and fitness achieve their goals in smart and lasting ways, by avoiding quick fixes and focusing on evidence-based approaches that promote that lasting change.
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What is a Wellness Coach and What Can they Do to Improve Your Life?
What Is Wellness Coaching?
Coaching’s premise is that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and have the answers within, or can find them. Coaches empower clients to find their own answers by encouraging and supporting them. Coaches don’t solve problems; they help their clients become more resourceful and capable. They acknowledge their clients’ strengths and challenge them when they hold back, give up, deny or rationalize. A coach addresses self-limiting behaviors that often show up strongest when people lack the courage or confidence to stay on track. Clients develop greater self-confidence and self-awareness. They become empowered to make changes that lead to success.
What can a Wellness Coach do?
A wellness coach can provide individualized regular motivational sessions designed to help people live more healthy lives and reach lifestyle goals. Wellness coaches help people reach their optimal well being.
Wellness Coaches often use positive psychology with their clients to, according to the Harvard University Medical School's Institute for Coaching at McLean Hospital calls "reach a robust theoretical and empirical basis for health, life, and leadership coaching."
What are the origins of Wellness Coaching?
Like personal trainers, who were once only in the world of celebrity training, Wellness Coaching was originally created for busy, well regarded executives who were otherwise at risk for health problems.
Since then, the Wellness Coaching industry has expanded to reach everyone from overworked mothers, blue collar workers, white collar workers and stay at home parents. Anyone can benefit from Wellness Coaching.
Is Wellness Coaching effective?
Medicare has found Wellness Coaching to be so successful that it is offering patients 20 sessions per year. Blue Cross Blue Shield believes that Wellness Coaching will ultimately improve and lower the cost of patient care. In response, it is sponsoring a three year study on Wellness Coaching. Many primary care doctors offices have added Wellness Coaches based on the results they have seen.
What's the difference between Wellness Coaching and psychological interventions?
Unlike traditional psychology, which focuses on pathology and finding valid methods for treating what's wrong, positive psychology emphasizes strengths and experiences to improve the lives of people.
What's the difference between personal trainers and Wellness Coaches?
A personal trainer is a fitness professional that can teach the specifics of exercising well and safely. They can help you create a workout that will meet your fitness goals, demonstrate the exercises and give you tips and pointers on doing them correctly. A Wellness Coach helps you to stay focused on your plan, which may include exercise, diet and other elements, and keeps you motivated through regular communication.
Wellness Coaches work to guide clients so that they can conduct mindful thinking and doing work that builds confidence. A Wellness Coach helps clients address mental and physical health together. They also, unlike trainers, help draw up a personal wellness blueprint that includes exercise, diet and other aspects of life. Wellness Coaches work with clients to set realistic goals; to overcome obstacles in the way of health and to learn and grow,
harnessing the strengths we need to overcome our obstacles and
helping us view obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow.
Finally, a Wellness Coach's job is to support, inspire and go beyond what trainers, nutritionists and physicians can do alone.
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Wellness Coaching Helps You
- Set wellness goals that work for your lifestyle and are sustainable
- Bounce back from set backs
- Achieve and sustain a realistic, healthy weight
- Create a more active lifestyle that you can sustain and enjoy
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Better manage stress
- Reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
- Shop for and prepare healthier meals
- Minimize mood swings
- Reduce food cravings
- Increase your energy
Meet Our Wellness Coaches
Astrid Richardson, Life Coach
Astrid Richardson is an original and resourceful International Coaching Federation-trained life coach whose clients describe her as having a “grounding presence,” says she asks “powerful questions” and say that she provides an “enriching” coaching experience that far exceeds their expectations.
With nearly 20 years of experience in technical consulting, Astrid is able to employ the collaborative style of partnership she had with her customers in the corporate world to her work with life, career and mental health coaching clients. Among the many hats Astrid has worn over the years has been as a dietary consultant for Jenny Craig, where she helped clients with weight loss solutions. The ability of extending that work behind the initial stages is, in part, what inspired Astrid to begin coaching. She is a graduate of the International Coach Training Academy.