Is hiring a coach right for you? Find out if it's the solution you've been looking for.

There can be a lot of questions that come up when you’re trying to decide if working with a coach is right for you or not. You should absolutely feel like you get all of your questions answered because we’re not just talking about a new pair of shoes (although I love those too), we’re talking about your health!

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Here are some of the more common questions I get.

Q: How long do I need to work with you before I reach my goal?

A: There isn’t one answer to this question as everyone’s journey is different. I will remind you that the state of health you’re in currently didn’t happen overnight and neither will your transformation.

I prefer to work a minimum of 6 months with a client for them to get some real momentum going on their journey and in a culture of quick fixes that can be hard to swallow but it’s true. That isn’t to say that you won’t experience real results sooner but sustainable habits and routines take time.

Q: Will you prescribe a specific meal plan for me?

A: It is outside my scope of practice to prescribe specific meals for my clients. However, I do help guide you to find what works best for you as an individual and I have a meal planning app with lots of recipes that follow low-carb, vegetarian, paleo, simple healthy eating, anti-inflammatory ways of eating and more.

Q: So working with you is like working with a therapist?

A: There are some similarities between and clear differences between working with a coach and a therapist. Therapists diagnose and treat people for mental health conditions that result from trauma, conflict and more. As your health coach I can provide information and support to alleviate some of the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression through mindset, behavior and lifestyle changes, but I never hesitate to refer clients to mental health professionals if needed.

Some of my clients have shared that time with me feels like a therapy session and I truly believe it’s because they have regularly scheduled time dedicated to them where they can talk through their challenges and find solutions.

Q: Do you take insurance or HSA/FSA?

A: Health coaching isn’t covered by most insurance companies and I am not set up at this time for billing insurance. I have had clients in the past successfully use their HSA/FSA funds to cover my fees. I recommend connecting with your specific plan administrator to see what’s available to you.

Q: How do I know if I’m ready for a coach?

A: No two people are alike but in order to be successful with coaching it’s important to be willing to try new things, get uncomfortable as you work on your mindset (the work can be awkward and messy!), and commit to showing up the best that you can.

Often we feel on one level that we want to reach our goals but we’re not yet ready to let go of old patterns and views that got us to where we are now.

Q: Who isn’t ready to work with you as a coach?

A: First, let me say there isn’t anything wrong with not being the right fit to work with me as a coach. Second, the most common reason I let people know I’m not the coach for them is when they’re looking for a quick fix OR they think they already know exactly what to do and are very resistant to change or to hearing a new point of view.

Q: What kind of training did you receive for what you do?

A: I received my holistic health coach certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in January of 2017. IIN is the longest standing nutrition and health coaching school in the world and has been a leader in this field for over 30 years. Their approach to health starts with bio-individuality meaning the approach to wellness isn’t a one size fits all. You can learn more about their program here.

If you would like more information or are ready to get started on your best life, send me a message!

Until we connect again, I wish you peace + wellness.


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