I believe every client is already an expert in their own life and their own needs. Often clients know what they want, but haven’t found the motivation within themselves to get where they want to go. That’s where I can make a difference.
The client-directed approach to health coaching is based on a counseling technique called motivational interviewing. In this technique, health coaches ask nonjudgmental, open-ended questions that provide opportunities for clients to explore their motivation for change and, in collaboration with me, develop strategies to change their behavior that are personally meaningful and self-directed.
Whereas mental health counselors often focus on the past and how to dismantle traumas that impede present-day functioning, health coaches focus on the here and now, helping clients identify their current strengths to achieve their behavior-change goals.
I work with clients to develop skills that foster resilience, so they can live optimally under suboptimal conditions.
Doctors are not trained in motivational interviewing. Health coaches like myself are and are trained in empathy and in Positive Psychology.