When a client loses motivation after a slowdown in results, what can a coach do to help them tap back into the motivation to keep going?
This is episode 4 of Holly and Catherine’s journey, the second coach-client pair featured in our Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE video series.
Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE is 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 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.
Holly + Catherine, Session 4:
This week, we focus in on Catherine’s progress with her daily movement goals. While she remains committed to her activity plan, she’s feeling discouraged, like she’s hit a weight loss plateau. So Holly guides Catherine through a change of perspective: what are the positives in this situation?
Motivation is at the heart of this challenge, so to help Catherine tap into hers, Holly introduces a visualization exercise using guided imagery: a tool coaches uses to bring about positive changes like better focus, stress reduction, sleep improvement, even promotion of healing with surgery or illness.
In the exercise, Catherine visualizes herself getting back to her fitness routine and recommitting. And envisioning herself working towards a positive goal really helps her click back into her motivation. Success!
In another skilled coaching move, Holly takes a moment to check in with Catherine to ensure she’s feeling good about the motivation techniques they’re using. While there are many common, tried-and-true coaching tools, it’s not one size fits all, and approaches that work with one client may not work for another. It’s imperative that coaches treat each client as unique and pay attention to how each responds to new techniques presented.
Where will their coaching journey take them next? Follow up next week to see how Catherine’s visualization exercises get her moving!
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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.