6 Reasons a Health Coach May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered
A number of physicians have grown tired of the old model of medicine and are integrating new and improved ways to serve their patients.
Many of these physicians are supplementing their practices by hiring Health Coaches. These Physicians see the value of coaching, mostly because their patients are getting better results when the patient's support system is broadened.
A health coach serves as an educator, a supporter, a motivator, and a friend. And if you're having a hard time changing things your doc says you should, then health coaching may be just what the doctor ordered.
Here are 7 reasons a Health Coach will make a difference in your life.
1. Your Doc gives you the what; Coaches give you the how.
We can collaborate with your physician and provide the face time education on lifestyle change that your wonderful doc just doesn't have the time for.
Many coaching relationships begin because of a physician referral. The doc knows that if only this person could get more restful sleep and lower their stress levels, this patient would see an improvement in their condition.
However, this wonderful physician just does not have the time to sit down with them and evaluate where the stress coming from. What possible ways can this stress be managed? How can we increase your resilience to stress? Your coach will help you create a plan that works with YOUR LIFE to meet these goals.
2. We're knowledgeable in various imbalances that cause disease
For instance, my program's focus is FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE health coaching. We're educated on the connections between food and disease, whole food plans, gut health, inflammation, hormone balance, autoimmunity, energy resiliency, and detoxification.
We're not experts and do not diagnose, treat, or cure, but we understand your condition and we can educate you on what the latest studies are saying. We can share with you what has worked for other patients in your shoes. Furthermore, physicians trust that we understand their patient.
3. This probably isn't our first career straight out of college. We are seasoned professionals or even experts in a related health field.
I'm sure there's a handful that are straight out of college because there's always exceptions in life.
However, most of my encounters and from my observations in my training programs and online research, this is our second or supplementary career. I've seen doctors switching from the expert hat to the coaching hat. I've seen counselors adding coaching to their skill set. I see yoga teachers.
And me, I was a personal trainer and massage therapist. Having a coach that's knowledgeable in other health modalities only benefits you more.
4. We've done our research... because we're kind of nerds when it comes to this sort of thing.
We know our stuff when it comes to health and we are ALWAYS researching the latest or most consistent research to support things like that new food plan your doctor wants you to try. We'll present you with current research on it (good or bad) so that you can make your own informed decision.
We'll also help you to create a step by step plan on how to implement it into your life.
We've got a lot on our tool belt in many facets of health and lifestyle because it's interesting and we enjoy learning about how we can further help our clients.
5. We give a damn, ma'am.
The "earth child" part of me wants to describe the supportive, healing space we create which, energetically, the client feels. While this is true, the bottom line is that we know you might have never had someone truly listen to your complaints, or the suffering you endure, and offer support in return.
We want to see you succeed and just plain feel better! We'll work hard with you because we do care. It's WHY we do what we do.
6. We've been there!
Many Health Coaches may appear to be perfectly fit, energetic, always eat perfect, annoying health nuts. It doesn't mean that we don't have struggles or struggled in the past.
Generally, health coaches get into this business BECAUSE of a struggle! The same struggles you have and we relate what you're going through on an emotional level.
Click here to find out how health coaching can help you find vibrant health!
To your health and healing,