Choosing the Right Coach for You Doesn't Have to Be Hard

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The quality of the relationship between you and your coach determines 50% of your success towards your goals.

You want this relationship to:

  1. Honor your strengths, core values, and desires.
  2. Care for ALL of you—mind, body, and spirit.
  3. Help you learn more about yourself and increase your confidence and resilience.
  4. Encourage, motivate, and inspire you to go after the life you want.
  5. Equip you to take charge of your choices in work + life.
  6. Offer evidenced-based knowledge and skills.
  7. Provide feedback in ways that feel insightful and helpful, ultimately getting you unstuck and moving forward—for good.
  8. Save you from needing to figure out all the necessary steps in your journey.
  9. Share a planning and action-taking process that you can use for years to come.
  10. Move you forward more effectively and efficiently than if you were doing the work on your own, so that you pursue personal and professional dreams meaningful to you and live a life you love.

Given the importance of choosing the right person, it doesn’t mean the process has to be hard. Ask yourself the questions below and use the answers to determine what you need and what the coach offers.

As you research, also look for the coach’s professional beliefs or guiding principles for the best fit. (I discuss my five guiding principles below.)

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Lessons from the Counseling Professions

In the therapy and counseling professions, it’s not only acceptable but encouraged that clients shop around for someone they like and feel comfortable with. Often a phone call can answer enough questions about the therapist or counselor’s approach to deciding whether to make an appointment. Ultimately, it may take a few sessions to determine if the relationship is a good fit.

National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches

Health and Wellness Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work health and wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, and honoring that each client is an expert on his or her life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.

Before Choosing a Coach

Consider asking yourself these questions:

  1. Do I want my coach to take an active or passive role in our work together?
  2. What qualities do I need to respect and trust a coach?
  3. How do I want to work with a coach—in person or online?
  4. Is it important that my coach has overcome similar issues to mine?
  5. How do I want to be motivated and receive feedback?

Answering these questions will help you better assess what will work best for you.

Coaching Certification

The field of coaching includes many kinds of coaching and related certification programs. Some more rigorous than others. When you start your search for a life or health and wellness coach, Google can help you research and identify top certification programs.

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.)

As You Research Coaches

After considering a coach’s training and certification, ask yourself these questions. Does the coach:

  1. Seem to understand concerns like mine and have experience working with them?
  2. Have an online presence that aligns with what’s important to me (website and social media)?
  3. Provide information and resources online that helps me understand their approach and guiding principles?
  4. Detail the specifics of working with her or him such as the number of sessions, communication in between sessions, and resources to provide support and accountability?
  5. Offer a free consultation call?

Guiding Principles of Rebalance Wellbeing

My personal approach to health and wellness coaching includes these guiding principles. I integrate these beliefs into my work so you can expect them to shape your progress if we work together.

  1. People are whole beings, so solutions need to address mind, body, and spirit to be effective. If we work together, we will focus on ALL of you. At first, it might seem strange to you that we’ll consider every issue from the perspective of mind, body, and spirit, but attention to all three will help you leverage momentum to get the best results.
  2. We need mental, physical, and emotional energy to make sustainable behavior 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.
  3. Researchers tell us how humans typically work and change behavior so we should leverage that knowledge instead of trying to swim upstream against its 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.
  4. 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.
  5. With support and accountability, everyone can go after their dreams and goals—a life they love. 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 wellbeing. 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 leverage your mind, body, and spirit to thrive and live a life you love.

Choose the Right Coach for YOU

After you’ve completed your online research, make a list of 3-5 questions that are important in 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 feel uncomfortable 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. Such a great first step towards putting your dreams, goals, and priorities first.

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Choosing the Right Coach for You Doesn't Have to Be Hard

Karen Clark Salinas

I’m Karen Clark Salinas, and it’s my mission to help women live their full purpose (work + family) without sacrificing wellbeing. I want to be the coach I wish I’d had when I was a working mom. Someone to help me get unstuck and live my life more intentionally. Marriage, motherhood, chronic illness, divorce, remarriage, and caring for aging loved ones contribute significantly to my story. I know for sure that, with my support, you can pursue your professional dreams while raising a happy and healthy family.

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