Before Choosing a Coach
Consider asking yourself these questions:
- Do I want my coach to take an active or passive role in our work together?
- What qualities do I need to respect and trust a coach?
- How do I want to work with a coach — in person or online?
- Is it important that my coach has overcome similar issues to mine?
- How do I want to be motivated and receive feedback?
Answering these questions will help you better assess what will work best for you.
The field of coaching includes many kinds of coaching and related certification programs. Some more rigorous than others. Googling life or health and wellness coaching helps you research and identify top certification programs.
When I researched coaching certification programs, I chose the Mayo Clinic training program for health and wellness coaches because of its rigor and approval to sit for a national certification exam — the first of its kind for coaches.
In the field of health and wellness coaching, the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) partners with the Board of Medical Examiners (the same organization that licenses medical doctors) to offer a national certification process.
This certification process ensures that health and wellness coaches meet national standards set by leaders who pioneered science-based training, education, and research of health and wellness coaches over the past 15 years. The certification also ensures that coaches follow a code of ethics consistent with those of other healthcare professionals.
NBHWC requires that applicants complete an approved health and wellness coaching program and 50 coaching sessions to sit for the certification exam. You can use the list of approved training programs to narrow your search. (I am one of the first 1,000 coaches to pass the exam.)
Over time I have evolved my coaching practice from health and wellness to rebalancing work + life because my mission is to help as many professionals as possible redefine how to work, parent, and achieve financial freedom.
As You Research Coaches
After considering a coach’s training and certification, ask yourself these questions. Does the coach:
- Seem to understand concerns like mine and have experience working with them?
- Have an online presence that aligns with what’s important to me (website and social media)?
- Provide information and resources online that help me understand their approach and guiding principles?
- Detail how to work with her or him such as programs, courses, or 1:1 coaching?
- Offer a free consultation call?
Guiding Principles of Rebalance Wellbeing
My personal approach to coaching includes these guiding principles. I integrate these beliefs in my work so you can expect them to shape your progress if we work together.
- People are whole beings, so solutions need to address mind, body, and spirit to be effective. If we work together, we’ll focus on ALL of you. At first, it might seem unusual that we’ll consider issues from the perspective of mind, body, and spirit, but attention to all three helps you leverage momentum to get the best results.
- We need mental, physical, and emotional energy to make sustainable change. Making change isn’t for the faint of heart. If we work together, one of the first things we’ll do is look for places to boost your energy and stop any drains. I know you can make the progress you want. And, I want to set you up for success by making sure you have enough energy.
- Research tells us how humans typically function and change behavior so we should apply that knowledge instead of trying to swim upstream against our natural tendencies. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel! Plenty of evidence-based practices exist that we can leverage in our work together to make your success easier and sustainable.
- Adults have the power and ability to take charge of their choices in work + life even if they don’t believe it at the moment. My superpower is to hold space for your dreams until you wholeheartedly believe they’re possible too.
- With guidance, support, and accountability, everyone can rebalance work + life to own their career (so it doesn’t own them). You get to decide what’s important to you and I’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you as you go after it.
Not surprisingly, these principles aren’t the only ones that guide my coaching practice. That said, they are different from most coaches.
I know it takes time and effort to rebalance work + life. You didn’t get here overnight. You choose where to start, how much to take on, and the pace of change. I’ll share research and best practices to help you work and parent without sacrificing wellbeing.
Choose the Right Coach for YOU
After you’ve completed your online research, make a list of 3-5 questions that are important to your decision-making process. You can use the ones above or add some of your own. Then, pick three coaches that you would like to book a consultation with and ask each one your questions. (This helps you compare them as you pick one to work with.)
While it might seem scary to schedule a call with someone you haven’t met, you deserve the best coach for your strengths, values, and desires. The time spent on these calls to find the right person to help you get unstuck and make progress towards your goals is well worth it.
I would love to talk with you if I’m one of the three coaches you pick for a consultation! You can book your clarity call with me right now. It’s such a great first step towards putting your dreams, goals, and priorities first.