They're wondering things like, "Can I provide meal plans? How much info can I share? If I can't give suggestions, then what do I do?"
I had these very same questions when I started out as a health coach.
I took on anyone who was willing to hire me. Clients who wanted to lose weight, people with health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, people with depression, anxiety, eating disorders.
And to be honest, it's hard for me to admit this, for much of the time I was practicing out of scope.
I researched each health condition and then came up with a dietary and lifestyle plan to give to the client to follow.
This is what we're supposed to do isn't it? This is what the client wants, I think...
And when we aren't clear about what our scope of practice is, this is what we typically fall into.
But it didn't feel good. I was working way too hard. I felt icky and knew it wasn't quite right. And my clients weren't really getting results.
In the absence of really understanding coaching, and what I could and couldn't do as a coach, I worked this way for a few years.
But it wasn't sustainable. I was burning and stressing myself out. I felt responsible for the clients' outcomes and honestly like a failure.
Over the years through additional coach trainings and certifications I've completed, I've become really clear on scope of practice.
Clarity is so important - it brought a huge sense of relief. And once I started showing up within scope and with the coach mindset, my work became fun and rewarding for me, and my clients started seeing better outcomes.
If you can relate to any of this, I invite you to watch this mini-training as I clarify our scope of practice and help clear up some of your uncertainty.
What questions do you still have about scope of practice. I'd be happy to answer them in the comments or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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