How do coaches build rapport? What does coaching look like when a client is looking to maintain their early successes?
We’re checking back in with Holly and Catherine for their second health coaching session!
Holly and Catherine are the second coach-client pair featured in our Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE video series, where we offer a completely unedited, first-hand look at the power of the coaching process. This series puts the spotlight on Functional Medicine Health Coaching and shows how the unique skills and techniques of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches can help clients tap into their motivation, overcome roadblocks, and find new and creative ways to thrive. Holly and Catherine’s coaching journey will include 6 coaching sessions focused around maintaining an active lifestyle while managing chronic illness and preparing for major surgery.
Last week in their introductory session, Catherine told Holly all about her struggles with multiple sclerosis (MS) and osteoarthritis and she shared her goals for their coaching work together. This week, Holly builds her rapport with Catherine and the two start to dig into the real work of behavior change.
Holly + Catherine, Session 2:
Since starting a new diet and introducing more activity to her routine, Catherine has already seen improvements in sleep behaviors, hunger patterns, and weight loss. Though she experiences a setback in the form of a balance issue related to her MS, she’s incorporating yoga back into her routine to help with osteoarthritis and is feeling hopeful that things will continue to improve!
Check out the video of their session to see how Holly encourages and supports Catherine, and watch them devise a strategy to bring back some of Catherine’s positive old habits, to keep her focused and motivated!
And check back in next Monday for session #3.
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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.
About Functional Medicine Coaching LIVE
This new video series, Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE, follows Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches as they help their 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. And 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 these episodes are the unedited videos of their sessions. Throughout the series, you’ll see a range of coaching styles, client health challenges, and client-coach dynamics as each pair works toward better health together. It’s a realistic look at the broad range of experiences and styles you can find in Functional Medicine Health Coaching.