How does coaching “end”? What does success look like? What comes next?
This is episode 6 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.
For the past 5 weeks, we’ve followed along with our first coach-client pair, Gina and Amanda, as they’ve worked through some particularly challenging life events. Today we’ll watch how they wrap up this journey in their final session, before we start fresh next week with a new coach-client pair and a whole new set of challenges, tools, and goals!
Recap of Gina + Amanda’s Progress:
Recap: Over the course of their sessions together, client Amanda has shared a lot of emotions and insights with coach Gina. Amanda has focused more on her emotional well-being and self-compassion, rather than digging deep into her physical health, and Gina has demonstrated the critical coaching skill of meeting the client where she is.
This week, our pair revisit some of the tools Amanda has learned to use, and she reflects on how they’ve impacted her well-being. She shares that through this health coaching experience, she has been able to find herself again, and relish the little moments of her everyday life. Gina helps her client recap their time together, reflect on the transformations they’ve created, and enjoy the new mindset Amanda has built. Watch to see how they wrap up their sessions and what Amanda sees in her future thanks to the changes she’s made in coaching!
Thanks to all who joined us on Gina and Amanda’s journey these past 6 weeks! Check in with Functional Medicine Coaching LIVE next Monday for the kickoff of our next coach-client pair. A whole new set of coaching challenges awaits!
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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.