Who would you recommend wellness coaching to?
My services are great for you if you desire to feel connected—connected your soul, connected to others, connected to something greater than yourself, connected to the natural world. Wellness coaching is for you are looking to…
- Work through the fear of failure and rediscover your strength when healing from postpartum or injury
- Improve your health media literacy so that you can sort through the rhetoric and clarify your own value-centered wellness vision
- Find your motivation to prepare your body and mind for adventure, ministry, or travel
- Integrate your long-term health and wellness goals into delicious, bite-sized pieces
- Set boundaries around your energy and time so that you can pursue the life you dream of
- Harness your playfulness and creativity to overcome your steepest mountains
The road to better health and well-being does not need to be so serious. The journey to an improved quality of life can be full of experimentation, adventure, wonder, and joy. I recommend wellness coaching to individuals who are done waiting for the perfect time to make a change. If you’re ready to work with what you have now and put in the work necessary to see positive growth, now is the time—and I’d love to support you in your journey.
Why do you do what you do?
There are four main reasons why I do what I do:
- I’m an explorer, always learning more about nature outside and within myself. I am committed to my own healing work so that I can provide safe spaces for others to see their strengths and process life through a mirror, whose also on her own path of figuring it out.
- To support wonderful people on their journey of healing and nurturing their minds and bodies. In 2018 and 2019, I lost two children during my pregnancies. I was so angry at my body for what she did to me. With the collaborative support of my therapist and my health coach, I’ve been able to tune into my body and gently push her toward healing in the mountains, trail running and climbing—which shows me how capable and creative I am after all. I’ve seen countless individuals heal, again, and again through embodiment practice.
- Messages in the media have rooted into our physical and mental health and begun to affect the ways in which we live, look, love, and learn. With the access to infinite information on the internet, there are many claims about what it means live well and healthful—and many of these messages may actually be harming versus helping us. With my education in rhetoric and media studies, I can help you sort through the abundance of information on health, wellness, and beauty and help you discern truth from fiction when it comes to your own health and wellness.
- I love seeing people discover what their body-mind is capable of. While guiding over 30 rock climbing trips in Joshua Tree National Park—for beginners and intermediate climbers alike—I witnessed countless individuals uncover their strengths, overcome their fears, and find forgiveness, peace, and purpose on the other side. It gives me so much delight to witness individuals break through mental barriers and create lasting changes in their physical lives.
What’s the difference between a therapist and a wellness coach?
Wellness coaches and psychotherapists both work within the art and science of facilitating change, however; there are many distinctions. A major difference between therapy and coaching is that a coach should acknowledge trauma if it arises, but only a therapist should explore it with a client. Or in other words, from the article, Coaching vs Psychotherapy in Health and Wellness: Overlap, Dissimilarities, and the Potential for Collaboration, “Coaches evoke and inquire; therapists also intervene” (Jordan; Livingstone, 2013). Once a relationship is established, some sensitive topics may arise outside of my expertise; it’s only natural. However, some behaviors and symptoms may indicate something deeper going on that’s outside of my scope of practice.
During my two years as a program manager at Big Sky Youth Empowerment, I’ve learned my limitations as a coach. Actively listening and being honest and authentic about my scope of practice can support the coaching relationship and help clients receive the therapy they need. I love working in tandem with mental-health-care professionals and have witnessed firsthand the benefits of working with both. If getting rid of disease doesn’t make one healthy—as positive psychology suggests—we can be working on our wellness goals and simultaneously healing through therapy. There’s a lot of untapped potential for collaboration.
What can one expect from having you as a coach?
Coaching should always be a dynamic collaboration. As a coach, I’m not here to “fix” anything because you are not broken. I meet you where ever you are and go with you from there. In working with me, you can expect to…
- Tap into your strengths, vision, values, and resources to overcome your most significant obstacles to living in optimal health
- Find growth in areas such as stress management, sleep, nutrition, physical activity, work-life balance, boundaries & communication, weight management, and clutter
- Help you release any “shoulds” that are no longer serving you and discover what you truly want and need for your unique life
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- Mayo Clinic Trained Wellness Coach through the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program
- Bachelor of the Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from San Diego State University
- American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Single-Pitch rock-climbing Instructor
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certified
- Aspirant National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) – Expected Completion October 2020
- Health and Wellness Coach
- Hiking, Trail-Running, and Single Pitch Rock-Climbing Guide
- Re-Write Storytelling Workshop Facilitator
Wellness Coaching is not
- Psychotherapy or counseling
- Diagnosing or treating disease
- Prescribing medication, workouts, or diet plans
- An expert or mentor giving advice