The ultimate goal of health coaching is to put you in the driver's seat of your own health and to help you gather all the resources you need for your healing and enjoyment of life. The impact of coaching can be both far-reaching in our relationships and the community around us, and very personal. One example of how life-changing coaching can be is shown in the video on this page made my one of my clients and shared with his permission. (Please be aware it addresses issues of police violence and that is shown.) It is a beautiful example of how when we listen to our own heart and body, health coaching can be revolutionary.
"Aside from education, the second biggest difference between a coach and a therapist is the philosophy that their work rests upon. By and large, the psychological world is based on an illness model, while coaching is based on a wellness model.
What this means is that when you go to see a therapist, the bottom line is that they want to find out what is wrong and fix it. A therapist may be a very sympathetic ear, and a kind-hearted person but, the entire design of therapy is finding the thought patterns and behaviors that are holding the client back, and helping them to see these for themselves. And ultimately the goal is to change these negative or self-defeating patterns.
When you go to see a coach, they want to find out what is going right in your life and help you create more of that. Coaches are taught to find their clients' strengths and help them put these to use. They are taught ways to maintain positivity and optimism throughout the entire process. Coaches believe that their clients know deep-down what they need, and they do not need to be told. A big part of coaching is empowering your client. A coach may make suggestions, but in general, they are allowing the client to shape the goals, the program, and ultimately set the pace for their own progress." - Amanda O’Bryan, PhD
"The field of health coaching has become increasingly sophisticated as it draws from a growing body of evidence-based coaching psychology, positive psychology, adult learning theory, motivational interviewing (MI), and new findings in neuroscience. Health coaches tap into theoretical frameworks and conceptual models including self-determination theory, adult development theory, learning theory, MI, transtheoretical model, social cognitive theory, internal family systems, locus of control, self-efficacy model, appreciative inquiry, and nonviolent communication techniques. The training and education for health coaches concentrate on more than 50 years of research in social psychology, health promotion, organizational leadership, behavioral and positive psychology, and the latest findings in neuroscience and the workings of the brain."
- Coaching vs Psychotherapy in Health and Wellness: Overlap, Dissimilarities, and the Potential for Collaboration; Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, United States; John B. Livingstone, MD, FRSH (UK), United States