Supporting Your wellness
A comprehensive recovery program includes a medical exam and testing, rehabilitation therapy, and lifestyle accommodations. Health, wellness, and nutrition coaches can be part of your multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
Why Use a Coach?
Change is often difficult, even when it’s something we really want. The benefit of coaching is having someone in your corner to help you through it. Some key benefits include:
- Goal Setting and Accountability: Coaches work with clients to set realistic and achievable health goals. The coaching process provides accountability, helping individuals stay committed to their goals and make progress over time.
- Behavioral Change: Coaches assist clients in identifying and addressing unhealthy behaviors. By exploring motivations and obstacles, individuals can develop strategies to make sustainable lifestyle changes, such as adopting healthier eating habits, increasing physical activity, and managing stress.
- Personalized Approach: Coaches tailor their guidance to the unique needs and preferences of each client. This personalized approach ensures that recommendations and strategies align with the individual’s lifestyle, making it more likely for them to adhere to the changes.
- Improved Self-Awareness: Through coaching conversations, individuals gain a deeper understanding of their values, motivations, and challenges. This increased self-awareness can lead to more informed decision-making and a greater sense of control over one’s health.
- Enhanced Well-Being: Clients often report improvements in overall well-being, including increased energy levels, better sleep, and reduced stress. Health and wellness coaching addresses the holistic nature of well-being, considering physical, mental, and emotional aspects.
- Prevention and Management: Coaching can play a role in preventing health issues by promoting healthy behaviors. For those with existing health conditions, coaches may help in managing and mitigating the impact of these conditions through lifestyle modifications.
- Support for Sustainable Change: Coaches focus on long-term, sustainable changes rather than quick fixes. This approach increases the likelihood that individuals will maintain their healthier habits over time, leading to lasting improvements in health and wellness.
- Positive Mindset and Resilience: Coaches often work on developing a positive mindset and resilience in clients. This can contribute to better coping mechanisms during challenging times, fostering mental and emotional well-being.
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching can vary, and individual outcomes depend on factors such as the client’s commitment, the coach-client relationship, and the specific goals set during the coaching process. Additionally, while coaching can complement healthcare, it is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific health conditions.
Health &/or Wellness Coach
A health and wellness coach is a professional who works with individuals or groups to help them achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. These coaches focus on various aspects of well-being, including physical health, mental health, nutrition, fitness, stress management, and overall lifestyle choices. The primary goal is to support clients in setting and achieving health-related goals, making sustainable behavior changes, and improving their overall quality of life.
Health and wellness coaches use a client-centered approach, helping individuals identify their values, motivations, and obstacles. They may provide guidance on exercise routines, dietary choices, stress reduction techniques, and other lifestyle factors. Coaches often work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized plans and strategies to meet their specific health goals.
It’s important to note that health and wellness coaching is distinct from medical or clinical professions. Coaches do not diagnose or treat medical conditions but rather focus on empowering clients to make positive choices that contribute to their overall well-being. Additionally, certification and training requirements for health and wellness coaches can vary, so individuals seeking coaching services may want to ensure that their coach has appropriate qualifications.
Some health coaches may be also be certified healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists. Some certifications for health and/or wellness coaches include the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching and the National Society of Health Coaches.
A nutritional coach specializes in providing guidance and support to individuals seeking to improve their dietary habits and overall nutritional well-being. For some vestibular patients, this may mean identifying symptom triggers and developing a diet plan that helps minimize acute vestibular episodes. The primary focus of a nutritional coach is to help clients make informed and sustainable choices related to their diet, leading to better health and wellness.
Here are some key aspects of what a nutritional coach does:
- Nutritional Assessment: A nutritional coach begins by assessing a client’s current dietary habits, nutritional intake, and lifestyle factors. This assessment helps identify areas that may need improvement and serves as a foundation for creating a personalized nutrition plan.
- Goal Setting: Working collaboratively with the client, the nutritional coach helps set realistic and achievable nutritional goals. These goals may include improving energy levels or addressing specific health concerns.
- Education: Nutritional coaches provide education on topics such as the importance of balanced nutrition, the role of different nutrients in the body, and how dietary choices impact overall health, and may also discuss dietary supplements.
- Meal Planning: Nutritional coaches assist clients in developing personalized meal plans that align with their dietary preferences, lifestyle, and nutritional goals.
- Behavioral Change: Similar to health and wellness coaching, nutritional coaching often involves addressing behavioral aspects related to food choices. Coaches help clients identify and overcome barriers to making healthier dietary decisions, promoting long-term behavior change.
- Accountability: Nutritional coaches provide ongoing support and accountability to help clients stay on track with their nutritional goals. Regular check-ins and discussions allow for adjustments to the plan as needed.
- Lifestyle Integration: Nutritional coaching goes beyond individual meals and addresses how dietary choices integrate into the client’s overall lifestyle. This may include considerations for social situations, travel, and other factors that impact eating habits.
It’s important to note that nutritional coaches are not licensed healthcare providers, and they do not diagnose or treat medical conditions. Instead, they complement healthcare by focusing on nutrition-related aspects of well-being. Individuals seeking the services of a nutritional coach should ensure that the coach has appropriate qualifications, which may include certifications in nutrition or related fields.
Coaches with a Vestibular Focus
Below is a list of health, wellness, and nutritional coaches with personal and/or professional experience with vestibular conditions. Some of the individuals have experienced a vestibular disorder and went on to gain specialized training as a coach. Others may be physical therapists who specialize in vestibular disorders and also have additional training in coaching methodologies. Note that VeDA does not specifically recommend or endorse any one practitioner.
- Glenn Schweitzer (Tinnitus Coach and vestibular patient)
- Alicia Wolf (a.k.a. The Dizzy Cook – vestibular migraine patient and coach)
- Yonit Arthur, AuD, CCC-A (Strength Coach & Personal Trainer, vestibular audiologist)
- Kathleen Stross, PT, DPT, MS, CHC (Certified Health Coach and vestibular physical therapist)
- Megan Daly, PT, DPT, CHC (Certified Health Coach and vestibular physical therapist)
- Emily Englert, NTP (Holistic Nutrition Coach and vestibular patient)
- Carla Alpert, NBC-HWC, FMCHC, FDN-P (Functional Nutrition Coach and vestibular patient)
- Ana Fuentes (Wellness Coach) – Instagram (English), Instagram (Spanish)