questions health coaching

Questions/Answered. Myths in Health Coaching

  • THEY TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO (and I have enough of this in my life). Actually Health Coaches co create visions and goals based on client’s needs, wishes and lifestyle not their opinion on what a client should do. That being said, health coaches are up to date, trained and tested in evidenced based health topics and information is always at hand IF requested. It really is a time to help you focus on true heart felt aspirations. Like any of us deep in the emotional chaos of a situation, sometimes an outside voice is needed for clarity.
  • IT WON’T BE ANY DIFFERENT THAN ALL MY OTHER ATTEMPTS…To lose weight, quit smoking, exercise, manage stress, gain confidence or change negative patterns in my life. Health coaching in not based on deficit mindsets so naturally feels better and improves the odds of long term success. Instead of concentrating on all the things you are not doing, we focus on what you are doing well and build from there. We work with your strengths, which people often don’t consider until this type of setting.
  • THEY WILL GIVE ME A HARD TIME FOR NOT KEEPING GOALS. Health Coaches understand fundamentally that shame does not work in behavior change but instead fosters a sense of defeat and hopelessness. Coaches aid in goal adjustment with a growth mindset including at all times consideration of goals not being suited, needing adjustment, different timing etc. We speak truth in a compassionate way when needed but most often cheerlead your successes!
  • I SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIGURE THIS OUT ON MY OWN. As stated above, when it comes to the emotional baggage of behavior change we often have a critical biased mindset that does not allow for trial and error. Most people know exactly what they need to do, it is the structure, planning and execution with consistency that may fall short. And the lack of BELIEF in capabilities and worthiness can sadly loom large and an outside voice can be so essential for the beginning phases of your new life routines!
  • PEOPLE WILL KNOW ALL MY PROBLEMS. Professional health coaching sessions are considered health care engagements and are treated as so. Session discussions are confidential unless you express desire for sharing with your trainer, family member, physician etc. ( or wish to review/share openly with friends family community!)
  • I WILL APPEAR /FEEL WEAK IF ASK FOR HELP. This one fails the smell test from the get go. The courageous do despite fear and act on their wisdom to seek assistance when it is needed. Many highly respected and well known successful individuals openly share seeking wise counsel throughout their lives.
  • IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE. Compared to nail, hair and skin care services equitable. Health Coaches as myself DO NOT upsell products, supplements, work out videos etc. We may love them and offer suggestions but not for profit. Compared to healthcare costs of metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, chronic pain and all the symptoms of unmanaged stress such as insomnia, GI disturbances, anxiety and depression, health coaching is a small price to pay. YOUR LIFE should NOT be limited by factors you CAN CHANGE.
  • IT WOULD BE SELF INDULGENT. On this I would refer you back to a prior article on the reasons why self care is not selfish. Taking care of yourself is like recharging your battery to allow you to give back with more ease, patience and love.
  • HEALTH COACHES HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT AND COULD NEVER RELATE. Health coaches are human beings with shortfalls, failures, emotional stress, disappointments and struggles. Often it is through this we have found our truest passion for gaining the knowledge and lived experience to be of service to our clients. Empathy is essential in a health coaching practice.
  • THEY ONLY WORRY ABOUT PHYSICAL HEALTH/WEIGHT LOSS While we are not trained psychologists we do work quite frequently and comfortably with emotions. We understand that the majority of decisions are based from subconscious thoughts and emotionally biased perceptions. Even advertisers know that emotions are tied to buying a product because you would like to feel a different way than current state. Emotion based behavior change has meaning. The difference here is you are the engine creating an internal reward system instead of looking for an outside solution.
    Coaching principles can be applied to almost any life or career goal.
  • ANYONE CAN DECIDE TO BE A HEALTH COACH.While that is true and currently the title is not regulated, a varying degree of education, certification standards and scope of practice exists. I encourage “second clicking”……or third or fourth to assess a coaches background and education to choose the one that is best for you!
  • I DO NOT POSSIBLY HAVE THE TIME .”I have to go in for an appointment and I am in a hurry all the time, travelling, or I live out of town.” Many practices include a variety of options such as face to face, telephone or video. This allows utilizing a lunch break at work , children’s nap times or A Saturday morning “you” time. We co create a system to meet time and financial budgets that allows for convenience and impactful life changes!
  • Hope that this information answers any questions you may have had and please feel free to message me with any more! http://shawnaoliver.com/contact-shawna-oliver/