Frequently Asked Questions
What is integrative and holistic wellness?
Let’s start first by defining these individual words. Integrative means combining modalities (techniques or fields) or approaching something inclusively. Similarly, holistic means comprehension of the parts as something understandable only through looking at the whole.
Now, wellness may be a term used or over used these days, but allow me to offer a definition: harmony or balance in the entire person. So, to combine those definitions, we can say that integrative and holistic wellness is approaching health by looking at all parts of the human experience (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual) utilizing a wide range of fields and techniques to bring about harmony for the whole person.
What is special about Integrative Wellness Coaching?
Coaching in the Integrative Wellness model means I work with clients to shine light on core issues, unconscious habits and perceptions, and baggage like resentment and regret. Applied, my work with clients includes mindfulness, nutritional coaching, yoga, reflection and journaling, while empowering them to make changes in their lives through effective tools, techniques, and specific action plans to live the life you want to live. So, simultaneously working from the outside-in and inside-out. As a team, we will approach your life holistically, looking at the interconnectedness of all areas of your life from your definitions of balance and wellness in each.
Why do people work with an Integrative Wellness Coach?
Simply put, outcomes. Because they want to make changes in your life starting from the root and develop the tools and personal insight to understand how to find balance now and in the future. Because they want lasting positive outcomes derived from their own definitions of balance and wellness. Maybe most importantly, because they want something more for themselves than a mediocre, this-is-fine-enough life.
People work with Integrative Wellness Coaches for all manner of reasons; career dissatisfaction, relationship issues, transitions and loss, spiritual and personal growth, life/work balance… everyone is different and the reasons for seeking coaching, no matter how similar on the surface, are part of a very unique and powerful personal journey.
Does Integrative Wellness Coaching work?
The International Coaching Federation found that:
- 80% of people who work with a coach experience improved self-confidence and work/life balance
- 86% of people who work with a coach make their investment back, if not more
- 96% of people who work with a coach would do so again.
Those statistics say a lot. Yes, coaching works for many people and produces results in incredible ways. And now, allow me to offer a bit of realism: Integrative Wellness coaching works as hard as you do. It is a do-with process, in which we uncover what is holding you back and in what ways, we can work on tools and techniques to move through those barriers and cultivate wellness, and it is up to you to make the moves.
Okay, so you’re a life coach? Or maybe more of a therapist?
Life coaching involves helping a client reach a goal or make a change in their lives through creating a plan and utilizing self-help techniques. So, we can call this an outside-in approach, similar even to nutritional or fitness coaching, tackling an issue from the surface with plans and actions. On the other side of that coin are the various inside-out therapy modalities, which, depending on the practitioner, focus on uncovering the core issues and negative beliefs by talking about them, this is often referred to as counseling.
I am neither of these things singularly, but a combination of aspects of both. Because I have a background in health, nutrition and personal-development I can also coach clients in those fields in a way that is integrative. I work with clients from an action oriented, holistic approach to all body systems (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual).
To explain by way of what I am not, I am not a personal trainer or nutritionist though we can work on those body systems together. I am not a motivator or accountability partner, though I am here to support your journey and co-create actions plans for your success. I am not a mentor, or therapist, or doctor, though in collaborating with these individuals, we can create an effective wellness team for you.