IS A HEALTH COACHING PROGRAMME RIGHT FOR YOU?
I believe everyone can benefit from my programmes, as they are highly customised. Typically, the programmes are used to address the following:
- stress management
- weight management
- overall fitness
- energy levels
- food cravings
- skin conditions
After the initial consultation, we will set your goals for either the 3-month or the 6-month programme and gradually work towards achieving these. The focus will always be on raising your awareness, broadening your knowledge, giving you practical tools and offering you encouragement and motivation to fuel the development of sustainable habits that will fit in with your everyday life.
WHY PROGRAMMES RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS?
Health coaching is not about radical one-off actions. It’s about lasting behaviour change in multiple areas of life with the goal of making you an overall healthier and happier person who feels in control.
In order to develop sustainable habits, you need to have time between the sessions to experiment with various methods and see what works for you. I believe that three months is the minimum period to do this. Signing up for a programme rather than individual sessions gives the client and the coach continuity of the process and sufficient time to gradually address different issues. Whether you should choose 3 or 6 months will be discussed in your initial consultation.
Fortnightly one-to-one consultations are the main element of all my coaching programmes. These consultations are client-centred and client-led, which means that rather than coming to a consultation with a ready list of topics, I will always let you decide what you want to focus on and what you want to discuss in each session. Should you get stuck at any point, I will be more than happy to make suggestions on how to progress, but generally you will be encouraged to take the lead as this is the only way to ensure that once you have completed the programme you will continue with a pro-active approach towards managing your health and wellbeing.
After each consultation you will get one or two recommendations or tasks to focus on until the next session. You may be encouraged to try out some relaxation techniques or add new types of vegetables to your diet. Or you may be given a documentary to watch, or be asked to carry out an experiment with members of your family.
The coaching programmes would not be as effective if they didn’t include one-to-one workshops. This is where the first steps from theory to real life are made. The content of the workshops depends on the individual client’s needs and goals. Here are some examples of what the workshops include:
- Introduction to juicing (differences between smoothies and juices, types of juicers, benefits of juicing, recipes, etc) – we will of course make some juice and drink it too!
- A guide to shopping for healthy food – a tour of your local food shop or the Wimbledon Farmers’ Market
- The beautiful outdoors – introduction to outdoor sports in your area (choosing running routes, exercise groups, gyms, personal trainers)
- Get started with home organisation (including introduction to the KonMari Method and elements of Feng Shui)
The workshops take place in various locations in Wimbledon. Some of the workshops can be held at the client’s house.
WHAT IS COVERED DURING THE PROGRAMMES?
The concept of coaching is based on empowering the client and therefore you will not be told what to do and what not to do. You will not get a list of good and bad foods or a meal plan. Instead, you will be given guidance and ideas and will be encouraged to experiment and find the solutions that fit you best.
Both programmes are personalised according to the client’s needs and goals. What we will talk about in your consultations and what we will cover in the workshops is all up to you.
Subjects which I consider important and often suggest to my clients are:
- The importance of whole foods and home-cooked meals
- Marketing strategies of food companies
- The era of nutritionalism – do you need a university degree to know what to eat?
- Why do diets not work?
- Self-care and the development of your personal protection against excessive stress
- How to make regular physical activity an integral part of your lifestyle
- Understanding food labels
- Al fresco, al desco and mindful chewing – the question is not what but how to eat
- Active listening: how can you improve your relationships by learning how to really listen