What is health coaching? Health coaching is a method of guiding others to address their health and, if necessary, make behavior changes to achieve optimum health. The process involves helping the client transform their stated health goals into action. As part of my coaching practice, I provide support, solutions, and encouragement. I work in partnership with physicians but I never make medical diagnoses nor do I write any prescriptions.
I’m not sure health coaching is right for me. How do I decide? If you would like individualized attention while receiving support, guidance, solutions, and motivation through difficult situations in order to achieve your health goals, then you can benefit from working with me as your health coach.
What are your credentials? I have a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Biology from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree in Adult Education from Rutgers University. I am certified as a Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise. In order to maintain my certification I must earn continuing education credits on an annual basis. I also regularly attend workshops and conferences on topics such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Can I do health coaching by phone? Yes. I have had very positive outcomes from phone coaching.
How is a Health Coach different from a Registered Dietician? Briefly, a registered dietician (RD) is licensed to create specific meal plans and recommend detailed calorie levels or nutrient goals. I can and do work in partnership with RDs, a well as other allied healthcare professionals. As a health coach, my area of focus and specialty is weight management and wellness.
I have 2 types of clients in my practice:
- Individuals wishing to lose weight and improve their overall wellness.
- Medical professionals seeking help in communicating with their patients in the area of behavior change.
The key to my success is helping individuals increase their motivation, and training doctors to elicit motivation for change in their patients. I am grounded in evidenced-based strategies while also offering compassion, non-judgment, superior communication skills and an emphasis on active listening and rapport building.
Do you accept insurance? I do not participate in any health insurance plans. However, depending on your plan, you may be entitled to reimbursement for preventive care.