What is Wellness Coaching?
Wellness coaching, when it is practiced by a well-trained individual, is a behavior change methodology. It’s not just a grab-bag of interpersonal skills and suggestions for how to be healthy and well. It’s not just a technique for better communication. It is a way of working with a person, as an ally, to help them: 1) take stock of their wellness, 2) envision themselves living their optimal lifestyle, 3) create a real plan to find their way successfully through change, 4) track their progress so they know when and how they are being successful, and 5) get the accountability and support they need to follow through and make the changes last. It is a behavioral solution for a behavioral problem.
Who Is A Wellness Coach?
Certified Health and Wellness Coaches are professionals from diverse backgrounds and education who work with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower the client to achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Successful coaching takes place when coaches apply clearly defined knowledge and skills so that clients mobilize internal strengths and external resources for sustainable change.