FAQs – Health, Wellness & Lifestyle Coaching
What is integrative health coaching?
Integrative health coaching (IHC) helps people move from where they are in life to where they want to be. IHC supports the client in developing and maintaining healthy behaviors in all areas of life. Together, coach and client examine the wellness of the whole person—physical, mental, creative, emotional, spiritual, and professional. The health coach acts as a compassionate guide for the client during this process, not a demanding taskmaster. This unique partnership enables the client to create an individualized plan for change through honest self-evaluation, meaningful conversations, and realistic goal-setting.
Is integrative health coaching (IHC) like therapy?
There are similarities between IHC and therapy. Both IHC and therapy look deeply into all areas of a person’s life and examine areas that aren’t working well, are causing pain, or are in need of change. Some coaches believe that therapy focuses on how the past influences the present and coaching focuses on how the present influences the future. Other coaches believe that coaching provides a focus on goal setting and therapy examines only emotions and feelings.
I believe that both explanations are simplistic and too broad. There are many different types of therapy (ACT, Jungian analysis, CBT, etc), just as there are many different kinds of coaching (executive, life, IHC, etc.), and each individual therapist or coach brings a unique set of tools, experiences, and teachings to each individual client. For that reason, complementary strategy sessions are extremely important in determining if the client and the coach are good fits for each other; Laura provides in person and telephone consultations to every interested client.
How can a coach help me? Why do I need one?
If you have goals, dreams, or even just ideas about what you want your life and health to be like, a coach can help you make them happen. If you have been unable to reach those goals, fulfill those dreams, or come up with tangible plans for your ideal life, a coach can help you succeed. Admittedly, I’m biased, but I think everyone can benefit from coaching.
If you are ready to make positive changes in your life, coaching will get you where you want to be. Coaching will get you the long-lasting results you want more quickly, with fewer problems, and will end up saving you time, money and heartache.
Who does Laura help?
I have developed a health, wellness, and lifestyle coaching practice that focuses on women over 35 who are ready to reassess, re-evaluate, and re-invigorate their lives. Life after 35 provides women with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our past, examine our present, and envision our future on our own terms. Perhaps you need a career change or a new relationship, or you need to begin exercising again and to eat healthier foods. Perhaps you’re not sure exactly what needs to change, but you know you aren’t happy and fulfilled. Whatever you feel you need, I am ready to work hard with you on your personal challenges and excited to celebrate your successes together.
I want you to tell me what to do – just give me a plan and I’ll do it. Will you?
Yes and no. We will craft a plan together that is just for you, based on your wishes, dreams, struggles and challenges. You know yourself best, and I look forward to learning all about you! I can provide you with tools, skills, and resources that will help you to succeed in putting the plan into action and living a healthy, happy, fulfilling and creative life. That combination of an individualized plan we create together and tools that are proven to be helpful to many people will result in the greatest and most sustainable, long-term success.
I don’t want you to tell me what to do—I like to do things my way. Will that work?
Yes and no. As I coach, I will respect your vision for your life and honor your values, desires, and needs. However, I will also challenge you to make changes and set goals that may be outside your comfort zone in order to move you forward towards the vision you articulated. Growth requires change, and change can be uncomfortable. You can always decide not to take on the challenges and changes.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, to each moment as it happens—being in the present moment as completely as possible, and returning to the present again and again when the mind wanders. Mindfulness can be practiced formally (sitting meditation, walking meditation, etc.) or informally (eating, listening during conversations, doing chores, etc.) Mindfulness is at the core of IHC and has proven medical effectiveness in lowering stress, increasing focus, and increasing life satisfaction. I have a particular interest in mindfulness, and I often use mindfulness techniques and concepts to help my clients move forward.
Why is creativity an important part of health?
An active creative outlet is an essential component of a happy, healthy life. All too often health professionals look at diet, exercise, sleep and other easily measurable parts of a health lifestyle but ignore a person’s inner life—spirituality, creativity, and even relationships. Every person has creativity within that needs to be expressed, and integrating creativity into a person’s entire life can positively affect each part. I have a special interest in creativity as a tool in healthy living, particularly through writing.
How do I get started with Laura as my coach?
This is an easy one! All you need to do is call or email me. I can be reached at email@example.com or at 919-357-2450. We’ll get to know each other during a brief, complementary strategy session and proceed from there.
What are the costs for working with Laura?
You can learn all about my services here.
I can’t afford coaching – are there discounts available?
When clients tell me that they can’t afford coaching, it is almost always a false barrier to success. It’s not about the money—it’s about the fear of change, the fear of failure, and sometimes even the fear of success. Removing barriers that we put in our own way—like “I can’t afford it” or “I don’t have the time”—is what good coaching is all about. So let’s reexamine the larger issue—the reason you are thinking about coaching in the first place. What is the true cost of not changing – in terms of your health, wellness, happiness, and fulfillment? How much is it costing you, day in and day out, to not make the changes you want…..to not live the life you dream of….to not meet your goals year after year….to struggle alone with challenges that we could solve together? Those costs are pretty steep, don’t you think?
I can’t come to your office; can we talk on the phone/using Skype/using Facetime?
Yes! I frequently coach by phone, using Skype, or even Facetime. It is important, however, to set aside the time for a coaching session; effective coaching cannot be done while multitasking (driving, working, caregiving, eating, etc.).
I want to work in person. Where is your office?
Evolve has offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina near the intersection of Route 15/501 and Route 40 in the Eastowne Office Park. Please see the Contact Laura page for more information. All coaching sessions are by appointment only.Get Started Now