The term “holistic” refers to holism, an emphasis on the whole rather than focus on the individual parts. Holistic Health Coaching views the client as a whole person, and considers the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. Here are a few things to consider before scheduling with a coach.
Choosing a provider. Certification is not currently required to be a Holistic Health Coach, so it’s important to do your research to find someone reputable with appropriate training and experience. Training may range from basic online programs to a college education or beyond. Consider why you primarily want to work with a coach, and seek out a provider with the type and level of training that will best fit for you. As regulation of the wellness industry changes, watch for changes in certification requirements for coaches. In 2016, a national board certification process was created that may be the gold standard for coaches in the future.
What to expect. Your first few sessions are an opportunity for you and your coach to get acquainted, learning more about what is important to you and clarifying your goals in the coaching relationship. Establishing safety and trust during this time is imperative. During sessions you may discuss hydration, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, relationships, career, faith and more. It is important that you feel comfortable and able to share honestly with your coach about what you’re thinking and feeling. Working together, you and your coach will develop a plan to achieve your goals. Your coach will provide support and accountability to help set you up for success.
Scheduling and payment. Holistic Health Coaching does require a commitment of your time and finances. Sessions usually last around 60-minutes, and on average cost $75-$200 per session. Packages are often offered at discounted rates. Insurance does not typically cover coaching, yet flex spending accounts or health savings accounts can usually be used for payment. Depending on the level of support and accountability you prefer, sessions are scheduled more frequently in the beginning (at least once a week) and less frequently as time goes on (maybe stretching out to once or twice a month). On average, expect to meet with your coach for a minimum of three months. Developing lasting lifestyle changes takes time, yet will definitely be worth it!
Take a few moments to consider your current health and wellness mind, body and spirit. What is going well for you? What is not going well? Are there changes you would like to make in your life? Holistic Health Coaching can be a worthwhile investment in your health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually now and in the future.
~Nicole Hutchison, Owner/CEO Statera, LLC
Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, ACE Certified Health Coach, IIN Certified Holistic Health Coach, IIN Certified Coaching Intensive Practicum 2.0