What does it look like to set your client up for future success as coaching comes to an end?
With today’s video, we’ve made it to the last installment of coach Holly and client Catherine’s journey! Their work over the past 7 weeks is a great example of how Functional Medicine Health Coaches meet their clients where they are and offer the support needed to move forward, whatever “forward” looks like.
As part of our Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE series, these videos of Holly and Catherine’s sessions offer a completely unedited, first-hand look at the power of the coaching process. We’re incredibly proud of the change our Functional Medicine Health Coach graduates create in the world, and this series puts the spotlight on their work, showing 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 + Catherine, Session 7:
Last week, Holly caught up with Catherine at the start of a 3-week vacation in Florida. While she has been sticking to her diet, being on vacation presented Catherine with some unexpected temptations, so Holly helped shift focus from resisting temptation to “honoring yourself.”
This week, in their final session together, Catherine shares that she’s found a new level of consciousness and awareness about her eating habits since going on vacation. She traces this back to the mindset shift Holly helped her create—and as a result, even her palate and her cravings have been changing! She’s pleased with her movement progress, too, sharing how much more she’s able to do now compared to at the beginning of coaching. This is a huge win!
To set her client up for success after coaching ends, Holly turns to Catherine’s day-to-day. Together, they set up a to-do list to help prioritize good habits and micro-plan small, accessible goals that will encourage Catherine to put herself first.
In Functional Medicine, micro-planning is a tool used to visualize and focus attention on the steps needed for clients to reach their goals. As Holly suggests, dividing your day in 4 on a piece of paper While it might seem like a small detail, micro-planning can play a huge role in maintaining motivation over time.
With a few successes under her belt and a renewed sense of motivation to keep moving forward with a positive mindset, Catherine feels proud of how far she has come and can’t wait to see what’s next! Holly sends her off focusing on her accomplishments and taking small steps instead of big leaps.
As we close out Holly and Catherine’s journey, we are so grateful to both of them for sharing their sessions with us. We thank Catherine for letting us in and giving us a peek at what it’s like to work through some challenging health issues, and we thank Holly for showing us what a great Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach looks like!
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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.