Connecting healthcare, therapy, and coaching
Our current healthcare system tends to utilize a “disease approach,” where patients are diagnosed based on their symptoms and are often given medication to treat those symptoms, and then sometimes additional medication is prescribed to combat the side effects from the first medication; it is reactive in nature. Wellness coaching, on the the other hand, is preventative in nature and helps clients make proactive lifestyle changes that have a big impact on their health.
So often the symptoms, diseases, and health challenges we experience are due to difficulties managing stress, poor nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle, etc., and once those lifestyle changes are made, significant improvements occur in their health. For example, a gut imbalance caused by a consistent diet of sugar, caffeine, and processed foods with little to no exercise and significant life stressors can masquerade as depression. When gut balance is restored, the depression often completely disappears.
Therapy is a form of self-care where one works with a trained mental health care provider, typically a counselor, psychologist, or social worker. The goal is often to help clients process through a past trauma or traumas that have occurred in their life in order to help them function better in their current life. Coaching is generally used to identify current challenges and develop goals to help someone improve their life. Essentially therapy is dealing with the past, and coaching is working with the present/future.