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What is Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process in which a professional partners with individuals who seek “self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being” (1,2) The process inspires people to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching combines listening, reflecting, acknowledging, exploring, teaching in a very specific manner, and supporting intrinsic motivation. The coach supports the client throughout the process of change by eliciting creative solutions and strategies from the client, empowering the client to capitalize on his or her existing skills and resources. Further, wellness coaching in our center takes coaching to the next level by training the spirit, the mind and the body in the social-ecological contexts related to Broad-based wellness coaching helps the client balance his or her inner being with the mental and physical demands of the outside world. The goal of wellness coaching in our center is to move toward true purpose in life by integrating the spiritual, psychological, and physical living components with the material, environmental, social, and occupational components

 

Why is Wellness Coaching Important?

The statistics are sobering: Wellness coaching can help solve these issues.

In whole world, approximately more than 42 million of children are either obese or overweight, whereas, in Korea, 18% of children are obese, and 33% of children in the U.S. are obese, even as nearly one in five kids lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table (3).

Approximately, 80% of adults are suffering from chronic diseases in the world, around 54% of Korean adults are suffering from Chronic diseases, and Nearly three-fourths of American adults suffer from chronic diseases associated with lifestyle, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, respiratory disease, autoimmune disease, mental illness, and addiction (4).

Treating these conditions requires more than the typical 15-minute visit with a primary care physician (5).

As the literature documents,
Over half of patients have difficulty understanding and/or remembering their doctor’s advice
Fewer than one in ten patients participates in the physician’s decision-making process;
Patient compliance with a doctor’s recommended lifestyle changes is under 10% (6).
Wellness coaching provides the time, support, and patient-driven strategies that people are longing for, and that people are able to sustain. Research has shown that coaching by holistic physicians and professionals is an effective way to enhance a patient’s personal relationships, which in itself helps improve patient health (2).

Wellness coaching can help solve these issues.

Such coaching enables each individual to understand his or her personal health needs and their relationship to lifestyle issues (7). The literature shows that support from a health and wellness coach helps individuals improve various chronic conditions and diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Wellness coaches can help bridge the gap between physician and patients by tackling multiple real-life issues such as a lack of health literacy, unsatisfied emotional needs, cultural barriers, and social impediments. Wellness coaches are proficient in culturally-appropriate techniques and services. We are comfortable with both Eastern and Western traditions.

As the literature documents, Wellness coaching helps to improve self-awareness, increase individuals’ sense of personal responsibility, and accelerate the acquisition of new knowledge and skill. It helps clients attain personal and professional goals, sustainable behavior change, and satisfaction in life.7 Broad-based professional coaching programs help to increase productivity and team work from 51 to 70% or by 19%. Coaching also improves self-confidence (among 80% of clients), relationships (73%), communication (72%), and work-life balance (67%). More than eight in ten companies that used coaching reported at least recouping their investment in the service. (REF) Recent surveys have found that 99% of clients using professional coaching were somewhat to very satisfied with their experience, and 99% said that they would like to repeat the process of coaching.

 

How to do Wellness Coaching?

Wellness coaching can help in developing deeper exploration, unique attributes, experiences, creative thinking, inner peace, motivation, and inspiration to improve lifestyle (8). Wellness coaching can be delivered to individuals or in groups. Techniques used in wellness coaching include the following: emotional freedom empowerment, seeking meaning and purpose of life, value clarification, wellness vision and goal setting, mindful listening, reflection, open-ended questioning, motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, building self-efficacy, self-determination, stress management and relaxation/meditation exercises, etc.

In wellness coaching, the client and coach first discuss and agree upon the scope of the coaching and each party’s responsibilities (9, 10). The coach explores clients’ key concerns, which may include medical conditions, lifestyle behaviors, work problems, family stress and/or other issues. Early in the coaching process, the client and the coach work together to establish wellness vision and goals for a defined period. Thereafter, the coach supports the client in staying motivated for positive change. Sessions may be conducted face to face, via phone or through Skype. In each session, the wellness coach helps the client to identify specific steps toward the client’s goals, offers support, and holds the client accountable for taking the promised actions. The coaching period may vary in duration depending on the client’s needs, goals and preferences. The wellness coach may use any of a variety of resources and techniques, including self-assessment, evidence based behavioral science concepts, models, principles, management literature, spiritual literature, and arts and humanities in the coaching conversation and literature.

The “Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Care” provides broad-based wellness coaching to clients to instill the self-awareness and confidence they need to improve their lifestyles and reach their specific goals. Our wellness coaches include health professionals from diverse backgrounds who facilitate and empower clients to mobilize internal strengths and external resources to achieve their goals.

We are here for you. You are unique, and we are unique. We can help you with your unique challenges using our broad-based wellness coaching programs.

What is Medical Coaching?

Medical Coaching is a specific emotional and mental coaching process. It supports individuals to effectively cope with a medical crisis or condition, create mental and emotional wellbeing as a way of life (11, 12).

The Medical Coaching process enables clients to create both needed and desired change in their lives producing empowerment with their own self-fulfillment.  Ultimately medical coaching helps the client to gain personal insights and take actions that allow them to flourish and find happiness and wellbeing.

Medical Coaching provides support and empowerment on many levels:

  1. Goal setting in the midst of a medical crisis.
  2. Creating action plans around specific health challenges
  3. Discovering new perspectives regarding present and future challenges and relevant resources.
  4. Helping reveal values and developing fulfilment with ways to incorporate those values into the client's treatment and life.
  5. Clearing traumatic memories related to or triggered by the medical crisis.
  6. Identifying and clearing triggers of anxiety, phobia and/or panic attacks related to or triggered by the medical crisis.
  7. Teaching relaxation and stress management techniques to deal with Chronic and Acute stress.
  8. Establishing empowering communication skills that the client can use with their caregivers, medical team, family, and community.
  9. Providing emotional support throughout the process.

The beauty and strength of the Medical Coaching model is that it addresses all aspects of the client's life, not just the symptoms or the disease.  During the process, the Medical Coach works with the client to create a comprehensive action plan.  The plan incorporates areas such as the physical body, emotions, thoughts, spirit, social connections, and the overall environment.

Who can benefit from Medical Coaching?

Anyone who is affected from a medical condition or crisis can benefit from Medical Coaching.

These can include:

How is Medical Coaching done?

During the process the coach helps the client set goals and together they create an action plan to achieve these goals. The Medical Coach listens and asks questions in order to create increased awareness for the client of their beliefs and perceptions. Together the coach and client create a safe and non-judgmental environment for reflection and curiosity.
Sessions are typically an hour and held in person or virtually and can be short term (between 3-6 sessions) or longer term (12-24 sessions).
The Medical Coach may also encourage the client to seek and/or develop self-help techniques as part of their own mental and emotional resilience toolkit. This enables them to make changes that are congruent with their values, culture and priorities.
The process aims for the client to create sustainable and long last change.

If you are experiencing a medical challenge, illness or injury, we are here for you.

Contact us to hear how Medical Coaching can help you.

References

  1. National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.ncchwc.org/mission-vision/
  2. Wolever, R. Q., Simmons, L. A., Sforzo, G. A., Dill, D., Kaye, M., Bechard, E. M., … Yang, N. (2013). A Systematic Review of the Literature on Health and Wellness Coaching: Defining a Key Behavioral intervention in Healthcare. Global Adv Health Med, 130712120243000. doi:10.7453/gahmj.13.042
  3. Obesity Update. (2014, June). Retrieved from http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Obesity-Update-2014.pdf
  4. Preventing CHRONIC DISEASES a vital investment. (2005). Retrieved from http://www.who.int/chp/chronic_disease_report/full_report.pdf
  5. Østbye, T., Yarnall, K. S. H., Krause, K. M., Pollak, K. I., Gradison, M., & Michener, J. L. (2005). Is There Time for Management of Patients With Chronic Diseases in Primary Care? Annals of Family Medicine, 3(3), 209–214. http://doi.org/10.1370/afm.310
  6. Buckley, P. T. (2010, November 19). Health coaching: Good for your patients and your practice | Medical Economics. Retrieved from http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/modernmedicine/modern-medicine-feature-articles/health-coaching-good-your-pat?page=full
  7. Wolever, R. Q., Simmons, L. A., Sforzo, G. A., Dill, D., Kaye, M., Bechard, E. M., … Yang, N. (2013). A Systematic Review of the Literature on Health and Wellness Coaching: Defining a Key Behavioral intervention in Healthcare.Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2(4), 38–57. http://doi.org/10.7453/gahmj.2013.042
  8. International Coach Federation. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.coachfederation.org/files/FileDownloads/NeedCoaching.pdf
  9. Moore, M., Tschannen-Moran, B., & Wellcoaches Corporation. (2010). Chapter 1: Introduction to Coaching. In Coaching psychology manual. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  10. Ammentorp, J., Uhrenfeldt, L., Angel, F., Ehrensvärd, M., Carlsen, E. B., & Kofoed, P.-E. (2013). Can life coaching improve health outcomes? – A systematic review of intervention studies. BMC Health Services Research, 13, 428. http://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-428
  11. Boehler, M. L., Rogers, D. A., Schwind, C. J., Mayforth, R., Quin, J., Williams, R. G., & Dunnington, G. (2006). An investigation of medical student reactions to feedback: a randomised controlled trial. Medical education, 40(8), 746-749.
  12. Batt-Rawden, S. A., Chisolm, M. S., Anton, B., & Flickinger, T. E. (2013). Teaching empathy to medical students: an updated, systematic review.Academic Medicine, 88(8), 1171-1177.