Comfortable conversations with an integrative health coach, a partner who is invested in the client’s success, will help you make self-directed, significant and sustained changes in your wellness. The process is integrative and takes a whole-person approach — considering body, mind and spirit as well as the community and environment in which she lives and work. We believe clients are the experts in their own lives and what is essential to their well-being. The coach provides the structure and space to support change.
Anyone who wants to make a significant transformation in her health and wellbeing may benefit from coaching. It is for anyone who wishes to address anything from typical health concerns to social and emotional ones and live a fully-present life.
While integrative health coaching does include one-on-one work between the client and coach, it does not involve diagnosis or treatment of medical issues. The focus is on helping the client achieve insight on what optimal wellness truly means on a personal level and take action toward that goal. The coaching process is extremely practical and forward-focused.
Integrative health coaching is similar to other types of coaching because the coach is there to challenge and inspire the client to achieve her optimal health vision. It is different as the integrative health coach does not provide expertise in a given area of health. Rather, the coach’s expertise is in helping women discover what they want, why that is important, and how they can take action for achievable and sustainable change.
Usually clients work with their coach for 3 to 6 months, meeting every other week, with homework assignments in between. Over that time, the coach will partner with the client to explore their big picture and vision of optimal health and wellbeing, help to choose a focus, set up goals and action steps, and help hold the client accountable for putting those steps into action. Meetings are in person, by FaceTime and Skype, or by phone. Coaching ends when the client feels like they have achieved the changes they set out to make.
Integrative health coaching is an emerging field. There are a number of existing programs that train and certify coaches. The International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) is currently leading an effort for National Certification of health and wellness coaches. The Duke Integrative Medicine Integrative Health Coach Professional Training program is a leading ICHWC-approved program.
We completely understand. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t time for one more thing, but coaching can be an integral part of the client’s self-care routine and will actually provide the space they need to feel less stretched. You need to put on your oxygen mask first before you can take care of anyone else.
Timeline, Fees and payment:
A personal trainer is extremely important to your fitness success. Once goals are set, a personal trainer will teach proper exercise methods and progressions. Each piece of information taught has one purpose: to reach your fitness goals.
I work out of the Fit for Life Gym on St. Petersburg Beach. Their rates are:
30 minute sessions
1 session: $50
10 session package: $400
1 hour sessions
1 session: $60
10 session package: $500
We all need support to achieve greater health, build new health habits, and change a lifetime of health behaviors – and that’s where health coaching can play an important role.
“I was trying to get in a consistent meditation practice for years and finally was able to pull the trigger AND stick to a consistent schedule with the help of Julie. I also was able to lose a few pounds that I was looking to lose by honing in on what needed to be cut out of my daily diet. The way Julie coaches made things seem very approachable and non-intimidating, where I was comfortable making initial steps in the right direction.”
Deanna C. – New York
“I’m six weeks into my health coaching with Julie and I have been able to reduce my frequency of smoking. She helped my come up with a plan of action that is meaningful for me. I now have the confidence to move forward with complete cessation.”
Mark H. – St. Petersburg
“I’m so thankful to Julie for helping me achieve part of my weight loss goal – I’m down 25 pounds and have been able to keep it off. Through my sessions with Julie I was able to figure out what worked for me through her personalized approach.”
Susan M. – St. Petersburg