What is Health Coaching
- Health coaching is a collaborative partnership between health and care practitioners and clients. It guides and prompts people to change their behaviour, so they can make healthcare choices based on what matters to them. It also supports them to become more active in their health and care.
- It is a patient-centred process that is based upon behaviour change theory and is delivered by health professionals with diverse backgrounds
- Health Coaches get to know their clients by listening closely, asking pointed questions intended to help clients gain clarity, and observing their behavior, thoughts, and actions. They act as an unbiased observer, identifying patterns and limiting beliefs that could be hampering their decision-making and hindering growth
- A Health Coach helps clients to gain the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to set health-related goals, create an action plan for achieving those goals, breake negative patterns and habits, and replace them with healthy ones by offering ongoing support, accountability, encouragement, and guidance.
- Health coaches are experts on human behavior, motivation, and health and work with clients to better understanding their current experience and empower them to create a different experience.
The main function of a health coaches is to help clients to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. Examples of specific duties may include:
Assessing a client’s current health condition
- Developing health goals for a client
- Providing counseling services
- Documenting a client’s progress
- Conducting behavioral health screenings
- Establishing a client’s treatment plan
- Discovering the “why” behind their desired health change
- Empowering people as the experts on their own bodies, minds, and circumstances
- Helping people identify challenges and blind spots that are preventing change
- Providing support and accountability