Coaching Services Both Robert & Judy are Psychosynthesis Life Coaches and Duke-trained Integrative Health Coaches. They offer in-person, phone, and online video coaching sessions.
What coaching isn't and is We are familiar with the importance of having a coach when it comes to athletics. Teams may have multiple coaches. When we wish to improve our golf or tennis game we find a golf pro or tennis coach to help us take our game apart or, on a smaller scale, be aware of how we might improve our swing or backstroke. We are still responsible for the actual playing of the game. There are many parallels and similarities between sports coaches and health or life coaches. As individuals and groups there are times when we become "stuck" in our thinking or have difficulty in dealing with stress, or face some challenges in balancing our personal and professional lives. One helpful resource involves working with a coach.
It is important to realize that coaching differs from counseling, psychotherapy, or the practice of medicine. While some coaches are trained in psychology, social work, or nursing their work and focus as coaches is different. Coaches do not diagnose or treat physical or mental illness. At the same time they may work closely with physicians, psychologists, nurses and other professionals as a part of a healing team. The purpose of coaching is the enhancement of an individual's quality of life and helping individuals move toward their goals of optimal health and well being.While many medical offices have nurse educators their primary focus is, necessarily, the sharing of information. A health coach furthers this work by assisting clients with the behavioral changes needed to make good use of such information. Many of us have heard admonitions such as, “lose weight,” “stop smoking” and “exercise move.” Health coaches assist clients in taking the next steps to live out those changes as well as changes of their choosing to move toward their life goals. Psychosynthesis Life Coaches ally with clients to further clarify vision and meet the goals of the client.
How does Coaching work? - Next Steps
When you are ready to participate in the coaching process contact us via email or phone.The next step will be to arrange an introductory session of about 30 minutes. This is complimentary and without obligation. At the end of that session you and the staff of NOW Choices will decide if coaching is currently for you.One decision to be made is whether to participate in individual or group coaching.Another decision is how to participate - in person, via phone, or computer chat (such as Skype, Google Chat or Facetime).If for some reason we at NOW Choices are unable to work with you we will refer you to other coaches or other possibilities. At any time you are welcome to be added to our email or twitter lists so that you will be informed about upcoming events and modifications to our website.Be aware that many resources are available online. Some are currently on our website and others will be added. During the first actual coaching session, which typically lasts about 1.5 hours, the coach works with the client in obtaining a vision of what optimal health and well being means to the client, and, using the Wheel of Life, assesses the current level of satisfaction in various areas, including: Nutrition; Exercise, Movement, & Rest; Physical Environment; Relationships and Communication; Mind-Body Connection; Spirituality; and Personal and Professional Life.During the first, or an early session, clients determine an area on which to focus. The readiness to change is explored, a goal or goals set, and action steps determined. In subsequent sessions the coach continues to partner with the client in seeing how the goals are being met (or not). There is accountability throughout the process. As always, it is the client who does most of the work!
At NowChoices our goal includes”extending the healing power of being heard with understanding and compassion” - we listen very closely. We have discovered that there is great healing power in being heard. We are also aware that sometimes we need to "unlearn our errors", or "look for what we can't see" as we move forward with our life goals. We often ask potent questions and help you listen to your answers.
In addition to Integrative Health Coach training both Robert & Judy have experience and training with other helping modalities, such as Psychosynthesis,Transactional Analysis, Active Listening, and Mindfulness Meditation. You may find out more about these in other places in this website
While coaches have no “magic bullets” and while ultimate responsibility for one’s life remains with the client, coaches have been found to be highly effective in assisting clients in making lasting changes to move toward optimal health and overall well-being.
We invite you to contact us when you feel a need - or are simply curious - for life coaching!