Frequently asked Questions
"...I only learn things when I ask questions." - Lou Holtz
Q & A
There are so many Health Coaches, what differentiates Coach Jen from the others?
"Health Coach" has been used in a broad scope in the past. Almost anyone can call themselves a Health Coach and it's difficult to know who is a credible coach to meet your needs and not all "certifications" meet new National industry standards.
With the purpose of creating a coaching environment you can trust, the National Board of Medical Examiners is affiliated with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches to certify "transition" programs that are created with the highest standards and integrity in mind. As a graduate from one of these programs, you can trust that the Certified Health Coach you work with has the proper training needed to best help you.
In addition, as a graduate from an approved program, there are additional criteria and experience needed to apply and sit for a National Board Exam to gain National recognition with NBHWC.
High level knowledge and experience in these scientific modalities are part of the training that influence a health coaches communication style:
Motivational Interviewing: developed by Miller and Rollnick, a counseling approached used by health coaches and psychologists that is directive and client-centered to elicit behavior change and resolve indecision.
Positive Psychology: the scientific study that people want to lead a meaningful life and use their innate strengths to pursue improved life experiences.
Transtheoretical Model of behavior change: understanding if you are ready for a specific change is a key to success. Knowing what stage of change you are allows you to accept where you are and address challenges you may have to get you to were you want to go using SMART goals where appropriate.
Self-Compassion: learning to allow yourself to give time to your needs without guilt to overcome the mindset inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.
Coach Jen, has completed two transition programs, one as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a specialty in Functional Medicine Coaching. Coach Jen also holds the gold standard National Board Certification with NBHWC so you can feel confident that her training and experience meets the highest standards.
Are there any formal definitions of a Health Coach to look for as a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach?
The American Medical Association (AMA) defines a coach as a non-physician health care professional certified by NBHWC. When looking for a Health and Wellness Coach, seek one that has the following credentials: NBC-HWC.
The AMA also states " Well-trained and certified health and wellness coaches—with expertise in patient-empowering communication and behavior change—engage patients to develop and implement a personal vision and plan for optimal health. With the coach's support, patients cultivate the internal motivation, confidence, and resources needed to start and sustain behaviors shown to prevent or treat chronic disease and improve health and well-being"
What is functional medicine and the role of a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach?
"Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness" -IFM
A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach is a Certified Health Coach with additional training in the Functional Medicine model. There is no diagnosis or treatment from the coach, rather your coach can be an instrumental part of your collaborative healthcare professional team or as a stand alone as your primary source of support to bring about change and results in all areas of health and wellness. Currently there are two NBHWC approved transition programs. Jen is a graduate of FMCA, the first NBHWC approved program with the longest history of graduating top level coaches.
Do you have to be sick to have a Health Coach?
Nope! Health Coaches do not prescribe or treat patients with acute illness. We focus on the behavior change needed to make lasting lifestyle changes. Because health coaching focuses on all areas of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, financial, and environmental, coaching can benefit anyone looking to enhance one or more of these areas.
Do you accept insurance?
Currently health coaching is not universally billable to insurance. As of January 2020 this has started to change for in-person visits with specific guidelines. Read the press release here. With the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) affilitated with NBHWC to set a high level standard to coaching, this will likely change in the future. When Certified Health Coaches and licensed Health Care Providers partner in Group Visits (see below), this is another option to get health coaching indirectly covered. For now, you will pay out-of-pocket which would be the same if you went to see a Functional Medicine or Naturopathic Practitioner or other Alternative Health Care Provider.
Do I need a referral from a licensed Health Care Provider to work with you?
NOPE! Licensed Health Care Providers should understand the value of a Health Coach and the positive impact they have with their patients so the Health Coach will often become part of a patients health care team. Health Coaches and licensed Health Care Providers will often refer patients to each other for this reason. One example is when a patient receives a diagnosis or treatment protocol to make lifestyle changes like nutrition or exercise that they may not understand or lack support and accountability to implement. The right Health Coach will be able to help you with these transitions and be your ally in the process. People come to coaching for different reasons of wellness and all are welcome to inquire to see if working with Coach Jen is a good fit for you.
What other healing professions do you collaborate with?
Coach Jen's primary goal is to be an exceptional coach in service to you. With this in mind, Coach Jen recognizes what areas of wellness are out of her scope of practice and will refer you to the best resource she is aware of when needed. Collaborating with other healing professionals enhances your wellness journey and brings like minded professionals together to create meaningful opportunities to serve you and their communities. Examples of healing professionals that would be a good fit to partner with are:
Conventional doctors and specialists
Functional Medicine Doctors
Yoga and Pilates Studios
Psychiatrists and Psychologists
Certified Diabetic Educators