If you are considering working with a coach, it's important to realize how integrative health coaching is distinct from other health care professions. Here are a few important ways:
- The client is the expert. When you consult with most health care providers, you probably expect them to conduct an assessment, make a diagnosis, and give recommendations for treatment. You look to them to be the expert. In coaching, the relationship is based on shared expertise. The coach is the expert at guiding the coaching inquiry, but you are the expert in your life and what is important to you. In short, it isn't the coach's job to give advice, but rather to help you find your own solutions based on the strengths and wisdom you already have.
- There is nothing to "fix". The coaching process is intended to be educational and motivational, providing opportunities for growth and development in areas that are important to you. As such, you are invited to participate in a spirit of curiosity and non-judgement.
- Coaching is not a substitute for health care. Coaching isn't considered to be a therapeutic service because nothing is "wrong". If you have a health condition that needs treatment, coaching should not be seen as a substitute for other appropriate professional care.
- Coaching requires the client's work, focus and time. Coaching is focused on facilitating deeper awareness and appropriate action. Much of the inquiry occurs between sessions. For individual coaching work, we recommend an initial commitment of 12 weeks of bi-weekly sessions to allow sufficient time to design and implement actions that will lead to sustainable change.