Frequently Asked Questions


Why Wellness Coaching?


If you’ve ever said…

“I want to be more healthy, but I have no idea where to start.”

“I know being stressed out shouldn’t be the norm, but I don’t know anything else.” 

“I could make a change, I just don’t have the time or energy.”

“I’m so overwhelmed with all the mixed messages about diet, exercise, and overall health.”

“I need to change my unhealthy behaviors before it’s too late.”

… A health and wellness coach might be a great place to start.

A health and wellness coach has comprehensive training in healthy-habits rooted in proven science, positive psychology, and motivational interviewing (MI) to uncover what’s most important to you—and the specific steps that will get you to where you want to be.

We will brainstorm creative solutions for your obstacles and experiment with daily routines that help you discover what you need to be well during this season and beyond.


Who is coaching for?


Wellness coaching is for you are looking to…

  • Set boundaries around your energy and time so that you can feel more balanced.
  • Rediscover your strength and confidence when experiencing a challenging season.
  • Improve your health media literacy so that you can sort through the rhetoric, drop any unsustainable trends, and clarify your own value-centered wellness vision.
  • Find your motivation to prepare your body and mind for your next adventure.
  • Harness your playfulness and creativity to overcome your hurdles.
  • Integrate your long-term health and wellness goals into delicious, bite-sized pieces.

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 are you a Coach?


There are four main reasons why I do what I do:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 wellness coach, I’ve been able to tune into my body and gently push her toward healing in the mountains—which shows me how capable and creative I am after all. I’ve seen countless individuals heal, again, and again through embodiment practices.

  3. 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. Especially for young people. With my education in rhetoric and media studies, I help my clients sort through the abundance of information and tap into their intuition so that they can discern truth from fiction.

  4. I love seeing people discover what their body-mind is capable of. While guiding over 50 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 or treat 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, such as disordered eating, PTSD, clinical depression or anxiety; these things are totally normal experiences in our day. Some of these behaviors and symptoms may indicate something deeper going on and it would be outside of my scope of practice to explore this with you. If this occurs, I will directly refer you to someone whose job it is to help in these areas.

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 complete 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.


Do we have to meet in person?


We can meet over the phone, video chat, or outdoors and in-person. Many clients prefer meeting over the phone or video because they can use the time they saved commuting to follow through with their goals. In addition, we provide the option to meet for a walk, hike, or something else outdoors that aligns with your goals.


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Credentials


Photo by Kylie Clark

San Diego State University ⋅ San Diego, California ⋅ Graduated Spring, 2017
B.A. Rhetoric and Professional Writing Studies 

Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program, Graduate-Level Course ⋅ Rochester, Minnesota ⋅ Completed Spring, 2020
Mayo Clinic Trained Wellness Coach 

  • Mindful Schools ⋅ Emeryville, California ⋅ June 2021
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Mindful Schools ⋅ Emeryville, California ⋅ March 2021 
  • Mindfulness Foundations
  • American Mountain Guides Association ⋅ Joshua Tree, California ⋅ March 2021 
  • Rock Guide Course
  • American Mountain Guides Association ⋅ Red Rock, Nevada ⋅ March 2018 / 2021 
  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • Aerie Backcountry Medicine ⋅ Missoula, MT ⋅ January 2021 
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR
  • Mental Health First Aid Colorado ⋅ Denver, Colorado ⋅ January 2021 
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches ⋅ San Diego, CA ⋅ October 2020 
  • National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
  • Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI) ⋅ Joshua Tree, California ⋅ February 2016 
  • Top-Rope Guide

Specialties

  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Faith Coach
  • Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Rock-Climbing
  • Mindfulness Teacher
  • Writing Teacher/Tutor
  • Re-Write Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

Wellness Coaching is not

  • Psychotherapy or counseling
  • Diagnosing or treating disease
  • Prescribing medication, workouts, or diet plans
  • An expert giving unsolicited advice