While health coaching can cover a range of topics (not just illness), it’s usually focused around physical health and its impact on our lives. But what happens when big emotions come up in a session? How can a Functional Medicine Health Coach meet their client where they are in the moment?
This is episode 4 of our new video series, Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE, where Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches help real clients start a transformation.
This inside look at the coaching process started with a casting call to our community, looking for clients who wanted to share their coaching journey on video. Real people who were ready to finally address their chronic health challenges responded! We matched them with a coach and filmed their sessions once a week for 6-8 weeks, and we’re excited to share the resulting videos with you.
We’re kicking things off with coach Gina and client Amanda’s journey, who met weekly via online video conference for 6 weeks as Amanda worked through some particularly challenging life events. This episode is the fourth of their 6 sessions, and it’s completely unedited (other than a few tweaks for lighting and sound) to show you what health coaching is really like. (P.S. We piloted the series last spring on YouTube and Facebook Live with our Alumni Program community, so if Gina and Amanda sound familiar, you probably caught them the first time around!)
In their previous sessions, coach Gina introduced client Amanda to some new tools: the 5 Minute Gratitude Journal, the VIA Survey of Character Strengths, the Functional Medicine Matrix, and the Self-Compassion Tool. Together, they’re using these tools to shift Amanda’s perspective and open up new space for growth.
Gina + Amanda, Session 4:
Sometimes, a Functional Medicine Health Coaching session looks a little different than you might imagine! This week, we see Gina and Amanda talk through the Self-Compassion Tool and meditation exercises that Amanda tried out. Amanda discusses what she learned and how she felt using these tools, and she shares that meditation opened up some unexpectedly deep emotions for her.
With the Functional Medicine Matrix as their guide, Gina coaches Amanda to focus on three components from the Self-Compassion tool: 1) Wanting to be heard, 2) Asking for help, and 3) Wanting to be seen. Gina also introduces breathwork meditation, which can be used to bring relaxation to a person’s mental, emotional and/or physical state, as a way for Amanda to find some balance while riding the “emotional rollercoaster.”
Check in next Monday to see how Amanda’s breathwork meditation is going and watch as our coach-client pair step back and look at the big picture of their coaching journey.
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About the Coaching Process
A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) partners with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to support better health. FMCA trains our graduates to work closely with clients around all of the lifestyle factors (sleep/relaxation, exercise/movement, nutrition, stress, and relationships) that influence health. Coaching concepts like motivational interviewing, character strengths, and positive psychology enable health coaches to create the connection, trust, and rapport that facilitate lasting change. The coaching process is successful because it empowers clients to draw on internal strengths, develop self-knowledge, and embrace self-management strategies in order to make the often-challenging lifestyle changes necessary for optimal health.
A FMCHC’s solid understanding of the foundations of Functional Medicine informs their approach. They are fully trained to utilize many of the resources provided by The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), such as the Timeline, Matrix, and Food Plans. Their background in Functional Medicine, combined with their training in positive psychology coaching skills, allows coaches to understand and support clients as they implement Functional Medicine treatment plans into their lifestyles. In this way, coaches move beyond the diagnosis-prescription model to co-create and execute a plan with the client that inspires them to a path of better health. When working under the delegation of the treating practitioner, a FMCHC may be able to provide further assistance related to labs and supplements. A FMCHC does not assess, prescribe, diagnose, treat, or interpret results.