When I tell people that I’m a wellness coach, I’m frequently met with confusion over just what my job entails. Do you do healthcare screenings? Are you a dietitian? What exactly do you do in your sessions with clients? Well, each client and session is unique, so it’s easy to see why people have a hard time understanding exactly what I do. Sometimes it’s easier to explain what I don’t do. So here are five things that a wellness coach is not:
A wellness coach is not a medical practitioner. Though I am an RN, I do not run a medical practice. The definition of wellness is “the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health.” I partner with my clients to help them achieve wellness in their lives — better physical health, healthy weight, a positive outlook, etc.
A wellness coach is not a licensed therapist. While much of what we do is talking and examining clients’ lives and choices, I do not provide therapy. Some of my clients see counselors or therapists in addition to working with me. We discuss goals, challenges and choices and brainstorm ways to achieve those goals, overcome challenges and make better choices.
A wellness coach is not a prescriber of a one-size-fits-all plan. This is where the unique part of my job comes in. My sessions consist of what my clients need. Though I have a toolbox that I pull from, every plan I make with clients is different from the next. If you work with me, together, we’ll discuss your needs, your goals and your challenges and make plans to meet your needs and goals and overcome your challenges. One client may be focused completely on weight loss, while another is overcoming shyness and confidence challenges. Yet another may be trying to quit smoking and increasing his movement. We focus on what you need to focus on. There is no one plan that works for everyone, and I love the variety in my position!
A wellness coach is not a dictator. I can be your accountability partner, but I won’t be Mr. T yelling over your shoulder if you made poor food choices last week! Instead, we’ll discuss why you made the choices you did, what circumstances led to them and what you can do to avoid making the same mistakes this week. I’ll guide you, partner with you and celebrate with you, but I won’t nag or fuss. My relationship with my clients is rooted in positivity and love. This does not involve forcing them to meet goals out of fear and shame. I am not a dictator, but I will be your cheerleader.
When you work with me, we’ll sit down together and chat. You share anything you’d like to improve or eliminate from your life. Are you overly stressed and need to achieve a better work/life balance? Would you like to improve your nutrition to lower your health risks? You share your needs and challenges.
Next, we set goals — both long-term and short-term —and ways to celebrate your achievements. As we set the goals we’ll tap into my countless tools and resources to help you achieve them. I will help you assess your readiness to change, build responsibility and increase self-accountability, while educating and empowering you to become your best self. Teaming up with a wellness coach puts you on the path to success.
Is all this something that interests you? Can you see us working together? Contact me today to learn more or to get started!
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.