‘I’m thinking about becoming a coach; but how does health coaching work?’ That’s an excellent question.
So many of us have something we’ve wanted a little help on and literally tried everything, too often with no success. Why is health coaching going to be any different? What is it that a health coach does that is any different from other professionals? Believe it or not it’s actually quite simple, but then sometimes it's the simplest things that are the hardest to see. We’ve got the top five simple reasons why health coaching works all wrapped up for you below.
1. Health coaching is about handing back the control to clients
One of the absolutely central parts of coaching is an acknowledgement that we are born whole and remain whole, no matter the challenges we are faced with. As a coach you partner with clients and using curiosity-led questions you can empower them to see their own inner courage and resources they have always possessed to resolve (or solve) their own challenges.
Are you wondering now ‘what is health coaching really’? Coaches are not here to ‘fix’ clients, or to ‘solve’ their challenges, or to rescue them. To fix suggests clients are ‘broken. To solve robs them of the opportunity to be in charge of their lives. To rescue disempowers clients from living life to its fullest.
Instead, as a coach you will be skilled in the art of well-constructed questioning to shine light on what clients need to know based on where they are now. Your skillful curiosity supports clients to explore opportunities and dreams, to move towards where they truly want to be. It is quite literally incredible to witness a client beaming with joy towards themselves and seeing them embracing the amazing resourceful being that they are.
You might be wondering how do people know how to help themselves if they don’t know quite what is wrong? Together you’ll explore the areas a client might need resources, support, or referral with. You enter a partnership with your client, and no matter what area in life they have challenges with your coaching communications acts as a gentle guide for them to gain clarity around what they most need.
2. Coaching is free from judgement
As a health coach you quickly adopt a judgement-free position which creates a wonderfully trusting, authentic and compassionate partnership. In this space your client is free to explore the road to their authentic self and create clear visions of where they want to be. You are able to become the co-driver and sit gently with clients as they lead the way to their goals. Coaching is client-led, not practitioner-led. You will find your whole way to connecting with people begins to shift, coaching is life changing for all involved.
3. Health coaching is safe
We know that health coaches aren’t here to give us solutions, after all we only walk in our own shoes, and we have all our answers with in. We also know that solving other people’s challenges tends to rob them of the opportunity to see how amazing they are at setting their sails toward their dreams. Health coaching scope of practice, that is what a health coach is entitled to do, doesn’t include prescribing treatments, or diagnosing issues, or treating people. In fact, it is the client who leads the session. Makes sense, right? Given it is for them and about them. Placing the client first, allowing them to lead and partnering with clients to empower them is a wonderfully safe, but also extraordinarily powerful practice. You’ll explore all of this and more in our holistic wellness coaching programs, you’ll have lots of opportunities to watch this and experience this. So, when you are ready to launch your business, we make it super simple to get your membership/registration and insurance, so you are ready to practice.
4. You can meet the client right where they are, anywhere, any time
Coaching can be done face-to-face, one-on-one, in small groups, or online, to name just a few options. You can work from home, an office, a clinic, a health center, a gym. The opportunities are limitless. We have coaches working in literally every part of life.
Lana farms organically-produced flowers and coaches other farmers. Bridgit in Switzerland is a climate change coach. Peggy in Paris is a fertility coach. Jema in Australia is a women’s cycle coach. Mathew in Tasmania (AUS) is a corporate wellbeing coach for a major hardware retailer. Melany in Sydney is the Wellbeing Coordinator at a major Australian bank. Astrid is co-owner of a Perth Integrated Medical Health Centre. The list goes on… So, if you’re wondering what a health coach earns, you can imagine that it starts from a part-time wage that is balanced with home-life through to corporate contracts, salaries and incomes at the top end of the scale.
5. The client leads the way to their vision
Have you ever had an appointment or session with a professional and you’ve had the feeling that every step has been more about them? You’ve had to fit into their process and their timeline. You’ve been too scared to ask questions for fear of upsetting them. You’ve felt rushed or overwhelmed… it goes on, and most of us have been there.
Health coaches are in service of others, not the other way around. Health coaches are client-led and client-focused. Part of coaching inherently opens space to work on ourselves, and as we grow, we are increasingly able to turn up authentically for clients and be their abundant guiding light.
So… Is being a coach worth it? One word… YES!!! If you are passionate about bringing your authentic self, who is wonderfully rich with lived experience, who can support others, sharing the wellbeing gifts your life has bestowed upon you, and using them to empower those around you to live their most purposeful, fulfilled life then 100% it is.
Iydi Willis - Nutritionist with a Masters in Public health.
Ally McDonald-Bull; Wellness Coach