What is stress management coaching?
Stress relief is a foundational aspect of health and wellness coaching. Clients are able to overcome challenges they may have struggled with for years by learning to be more mindful of their stress reactions and how to manage personal and work pressures. Stress relief coaching, with its laser focus on stress, empowers clients to identify physical, emotional, cognitive and environmental triggers, lower their stress levels and master valuable self-care skills enabling them to turn stress around in less time and more easily than they could on their own.
How does a coach differ from a therapist, personal trainer or nutritionist?
Coaches are experts at facilitating change. Rooted in the science of positive psychology, they draw on personal strengths to formulate action plans that can accelerate dramatic shifts in lifestyle, behavioral habits and mindsets. Unlike a therapist who focuses on the past, a coach will look towards the future and where you want to go with your health. Unlike a personal trainer or nutritionist, a coach will not give you a specific workout or diet to follow, but will help you set personal exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress management and other goals, then guide you to accomplish them step by step. Coaches will also hold you accountable for achieving long and short-term goals, and help you identify motivators and address obstacles to continuing to make self-directed, lasting improvements to your health and wellbeing.
The gold standard for health and wellness coaches is national certification. Coaches who are dual credentialed as a CHWC (certified health & wellness coach) and NBC-HWC (national board-certified health & wellness coach) are the most sought-after coaches in the industry due to their higher professional education in health sciences and evidence-based training.
Is coaching covered by insurance?
If you have health insurance, you may be able to lower the costs for some or all of your coaching sessions. Health and well-being coaching provided by a national board-certified coach (NBC-HWC) like Wendy Padob can be reimbursed by certain physicians, healthcare systems and payors. As of 2020, the American Medical Association recognizes well-trained NBC-HWCs as vital members of a healthcare team who support patients to develop motivation, confidence and resources needed to start and sustain behaviors that can prevent or reduce suffering and costs of chronic conditions such as prediabetes, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity and depression.
What is "evidenced-based" coaching?
Health and wellness coaching that is "evidence-based" stands on solid scientific ground. It incorporate and applies the best available, current research in neuroscience, behavioral and positive psychology, it . In a recent Mayo Clinic study, a 12-week evidence-based health and wellness coaching program demonstrated significant improvements in quality of life (QOL) including physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual functioning, as well as in depressive symptoms and perceived stress levels.
Who can benefit from stress management coaching?
Coaching is highly effective for preventing and managing short (acute) and long-term (chronic) stress. If you strive to be healthy and want to live with greater choice, balance and peace in the face of extreme stress or overwhelm - and are committed to making lifestyle changes to get there - then a stress relief coach is who you want to work with. Whether you struggle with acute or chronic stress, work-life imbalance, a job that puts you at higher risk for burnout, a major life transition, stress-related illness, trauma or injury, you can benefit from stress relief coaching.
Stress management coaching is a highly personal, collaborative process involving a commitment of time and energy from both health coach and client. An initial consultation is advised to ensure there is a fit before embarking on a partnership. Coaching sessions are 50-60 minutes in length and are typically held by telephone or video. Working together, we identify unhealthy habits and physical, mental and emotional stress reactions, and customize a wellness plan with measurable, motivating goals that inspire short and long-term stress relief. We learn mindfulness/relaxation and cognitive/behavioral skills that reinforce awareness, resiliency, self-care and confidence to step into a life of greater ease, balance, joy and wellbeing.
We recommend that you sign up for a complimentary, no-obligation discovery call. During this 45-minute private, confidential session, we will explore your health and wellness goals, and determine how stress relief coaching can help you. We offer a wide range of stress management coaching services, personalized programs and ongoing support.
Every coaching session is scheduled in advance. A no show, rescheduled request or cancellation received without sufficient notice (at least 24 hours) will be charged full price for the missed session. If you need to cancel a coaching package or program (4 or more sessions), you must notify Wendy within 24 hours before your first session for a full refund, or 24 hours after your first session to be refunded the difference.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a coach. Information cannot be disclosed without written permission with the following exceptions:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which a coach is required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately;
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, the coach must notify the police and inform the intended victim;
- If a client intends to harm them self, the coach will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, the coach will take further measures without the client's permission by law in order to ensure their safety.