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Wellness Coaching strives to balance the numerous areas of life that affect optimal health & wellness. Reduce cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol, lose weight, manage stress are often the focus of wellness coaching programs. Life purpose, life satisfaction and relationships all affect the foundation of well-being and are often included as secondary goals in wellness plans.
The foundation of coaching is based on the belief you are wholly complete, resourcesful and capable all on your own. You will decide which weekly goals to commit to and where you need support and brainstorming during the session. As a certified personal trainer, yoga & pilates instructor and life coach, my opinions, education or resource suggestions are available for you by request. As your coach, with the outside perspective of your best self in vision, I may challenge you to dream bigger & set your standards higher. In the end, knowing that the process, as well as the goal, are equally important - the decision of what to work on each week will always be yours.
All coaching programs start off with a Design Session. This 2-Hour meeting takes place by telephone from wherever you live or work (in-person session optional for Boston area residents). This is the starting point for your program. Before we meet you will be sent a confidential Health History & Lifestyle Questionnaire to complete, including an area to start outlining your goals and provide input about what will best support you in the coaching process.
After your session, you will receive a written document including all of the above via email or in an organized binder to help you maintain focus & put your energy into positive forward action around getting started. If any of your goals require a Medical Release, you will receive this promptly so any input or direction from your physician can me included in the goals and you can get moving right away!
As a Wellcoaches® Certifed Wellness Coach having the most up to date science and research to consider in making decisions around your health is important. Fitness articles and handouts from ACE: The American Council on Exercise, IDEA: Health & Fitness Organizati0n and the Wellcoaches® Library will be shared with you as related to your program.
Wellness Coaching is often done virtually with 30 - 45 minute telephone calls or as Skype sessions. Goals are emailed after each session. If you are working on a number of areas, or are including weekly Emotional Eating™ lessons as part of your program, a 60-Minute session may be required. You will call in for your session at an agreed upon time each week from wherever you are, making adherence to your plan easy. Use of the Wellcoaches® online web coaching platform available for no additional fee.
Programs are structued in 12-Week Sessions. The 90-day commitment gives you time to get started, achieve success, overcome a few challenges & normal setbacks then continue to succeed. Many goals can be achieved in one section. Larger, longer term goals may take a few subsequent sections to achieve your big picture vision. After achieving all goals, a maintenance plan is recommended. Most maintenance plans drop back to bi-weekly sessions and progress to monthly check-in's. In-person programs and virtual programs are both available.
I've always enjoyed exercise but have struggled with weight and food issues my whole life. Debra's approach is unique because it looks at the whole picturel. We sat down and mapped out a vision, long-term goals, and manageable short term goals. The process was easy and comforting. I now have a manageable plan for weight loss and control my emotional eating. I have an effective workout plan that I can do anywhere, even when I can't get to the gym. And with Debra's help, I have conquered my fear of running. I am very grateful for the time that I was able to spend working with Debra.
~ Jen, Hopkinton, MA
Hi Debra, I wanted to send you a short update now that I have some good news! You worked with me the summer of '05 for your wellness coach certification. We delt with a lot of healthy eating and more exercise. I was just learning about possibly being diagnosed with Lupus. I am expecting a baby, and my husband and I are moving to be closer to family and friends. I am still using your good advice and am on the third version of my Wellness Vision - still in Danish. I wanted to thank you for the guidance you gave me then and let you know how things have worked out so far. ~ RW