3 active listening skills every health coach needs

Has this ever happened to you in a coaching session or health history? Or do you worry about this happening… Your client shares something or answers a question and you: Give your opinion, “I think that…” Explain what they are experiencing. “This is very common, here’s what’s happening…” Share your own personal example. “OMG me too, I…

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How to develop trust with your health coaching clients

I was speaking to a health coach this week who suspects a client isn’t being totally truthful to themselves (or the coach) about what they’re eating and can’t understand why they’re not losing weight. The coach feels like the client is just saying what the coach wants to hear. Why is the client not being…

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How to explain the value of a health coach

If you’re anything like me when I was nearing the end of my health coach training, I really had no idea how to explain health coaching. I would stumble and fumble around trying to find the words and ideas to explain it. And believe me I wasn’t doing a good job! In my world I’m…

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How to get clear on your scope of practice

One of the top areas of confusion I’m hearing about from health coaches in my facebook group, is around scope of practice. 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…

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How to shift into the coach mindset

Are you a health coach who’s struggling to understand your role as coach? Do you find yourself suggesting action steps and telling your client what to do? Are you worried about how to provide value if you don’t give recommendations and advice? Do you stress out when a client asks for meal plans, dietary advice…

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How to let go of the expert role

One of the first things we need to do to shift into coach mode is to let go of the expert role. But this is really hard as a new coach. One of the reasons you likely got into health coaching is because you love sharing your health and wellness knowledge and expertise with your…

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What is a health and wellness coach?

The need for wellness coaching Health and wellness coaching grew out of a need or gap in the traditional health care system around preventative and lifestyle medicine. Most physicians don’t have time to help patients build healthy habits and change their lifestyle on a daily basis. With 30 million preventable deaths each year, health and…

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The role of a health coach in lifestyle medicine

I’m sure you are aware that chronic disease rates in Canada, and around the world, are skyrocketing. About two-thirds of all deaths in Canada each year are a result of chronic diseases and they cost us around $190 billion annually. About 58 per cent of our yearly health care spending ($68 billion) goes toward chronic…

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The three stages of the health coaching process

Are you a new coach who’s not quite sure what the coaching process looks like? Do you have the outline of a 6-month program but not quite sure how to implement it? There are many different ways to view the coaching process and many more methods and approaches. This three-stage process might shed some light…

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