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Understanding the Role of a WellBeing Coach

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In the realm of personal development and achieving a healthier lifestyle, various types of coaches have become more prevalent today to offer guidance and support.

In general, health and wellness coaches support you in activating internal strengths and external resources so that you can make sustainable and healthy lifestyle behavior changes. 

While the terms "health coach" and "wellbeing coach" are sometimes used interchangeably, there are distinct nuances to their approaches and areas of focus. Understanding these differences can help you determine which type of coach best aligns with your specific goals and needs.

A Whole-person Approach to Wellbeing

While health coaching primarily focuses on physical health, providing guidance on nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention, wellbeing coaching delves into the multifaceted dimensions of … wellbeing. These dimensions encompass physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of life, and this broader scope also explores stress management, emotional wellbeing, relationships, and personal fulfillment.

A key difference is that by looking at the whole person, wellbeing coaches recognize that these dimensions are interconnected and influence one another. And the goal for wellbeing coaches is to empower you to create a life that promotes your overall wellbeing, not just physical health. An important note is that wellbeing coaching is not diagnosing, treatment planning or making medical recommendations. 


Through this collaborative partnership, your coach acts as a facilitator, supporting you on your journey toward achieving your goals by guiding you to take ownership of your health and wellbeing, fostering self-awareness, self-discovery, and self-management skills.

This whole-person approach treats you as the unique individual you are, with your own set of circumstances, strengths, and challenges. Wellbeing coaches tailor their strategies to your specific needs and preferences to ensure a personalized and supportive environment.

Choosing a Coach

As varied as the definitions of health and wellbeing coaching can be, so can credentials and qualifications. It’s essential to do your research and verify – look for certifications from reputable organizations like the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) or the International Coach Federation (ICF). 

The background of a well-qualified health coach should be in health, nutrition, psychology, or a related field, and it’s a good idea to check for references and reviews of services. Past clients’ testimonials and reviews can give powerful insights into their experiences and success stories, with positive feedback a strong indicator of a coach’s effectiveness and reliability.

Certified coaches have trained to high standards in the profession, meaning that they have the skills and knowledge to walk alongside you on your path to your healthiest self.

Meeting You Where You Are

Wellbeing coaches recognize that everyone starts from different places on their wellness journey. They meet clients where they are, without judgment, and work collaboratively to create a personalized plan that aligns with their current state and aspirations.

When you become a client of a wellbeing coach, your goals and priorities take center stage. This client-centered approach means you decide your goals, and that you’re actively engaged in self-discovery or active learning processes, and self-monitor your behaviors to increase accountability.

Your coach listens attentively to understand your desires and challenges, working together to establish meaningful and achievable goals. The entire coaching process is client-driven, ensuring that you remain in control of your journey. In this way, having a solid connection and strong communication with your wellbeing coach is key. You have to feel comfortable with who you choose.

Along the way, an integral part of the work includes regular assessment and progress tracking. Your coach works collaboratively with you to monitor progress, identify areas for improvement, and celebrate achievements. This ongoing evaluation ensures that the coaching process remains on track and aligned with your evolving goals.

Wellbeing coaching is not a quick fix; it's a transformative journey that unfolds over time. Your coach provides ongoing support and encouragement, fostering sustainable lifestyle changes that promote overall wellbeing. The goal is to empower you to maintain healthy habits and wellbeing practices beyond the coaching relationship.

The Coaching Journey

The wellbeing coaching process encompasses various stages, each designed to support your progress:

  1. Initial Assessment: Your coach gathers information about your goals, desired outcomes, priorities, personal strengths, and challenges.

  2. Coaching Agreement: A collaborative agreement is established, outlining roles, expectations, practice-specific processes, fees, and frequency, mode, and length of sessions.

  3. Visioning and Goal Setting: Your coach assists you in creating a vision of your ideal future, establishing realistic and achievable goals.

  4. Action Planning: Together, you and your coach develop a plan of action, breaking down goals into manageable steps.

  5. Accountability and Support: Your coach provides ongoing support, encouraging accountability and celebrating your progress.

  6. Evaluation and Adaptation: Regular evaluation ensures the coaching process remains aligned with your evolving goals and needs.

  7. Integration and Sustainability: Your coach works with you to articulate learning and insights gained, developing a post-coaching plan to sustain changes.

Throughout your journey working with a wellbeing coach, you’ll experience a comprehensive and personal approach to achieving wellbeing for all of you. By empowering you to take ownership of your health and wellbeing, your coach will walk beside you to help foster sustainable lifestyle changes that promote your fulfilling and balanced life.


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