Our health coaches help you develop your health, wellness and relationships.
Our health coaches help you develop your health, wellness and relationships.

What is a health and wellness coach?

Many people have never heard of a health and wellness coach and if they have, they probably wouldn’t expect to work with one at their primary care office. At the Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) at Massachusetts General Hospital, we share a passion for fostering health, wellness and relationships. A health and wellness coach works with you to develop these areas of your life.

The role of a health and wellness coach is multi-faceted. As a patient of the APF, your wellness coach will act as a partner to collaborate with you on working towards your own unique and optimal state of well-being. A wellness coach differs in approach from a personal trainer or a nutritionist in that they will work with you from a non-prescriptive standpoint, which means they will not tell you what direction is best for you to go in. Rather, they will encourage and empower you to make the choices that are most appropriate for you and your individual situation.

How may I benefit from working with a health and wellness coach?

Anyone can benefit from working with a health and wellness coach. Our coaches work with you to discover what an optimal wellness vision for you may look like. You and your coach will work together to help achieve this vision.

Through the supportive and self-empowering environment provided by a health and wellness coach, you can learn what kinds of things you may personally experience each time you make changes in your life. Developing a history of success over time creates positivity towards change and thus gives you more incentive to continue making healthier decisions all on your own. By mentally preparing yourself to handle change, you will set yourself up for many future successes.

What should I expect at a coaching session?

During a health coaching session, you and your coach will work together to:

  • Look at your health in a comprehensive fashion by using a integrative health and wellness assessment
  • Compose a “wellness vision” (this is the ideal version of yourself)
  • Set long- and short-term goals that will help you achieve this wellness vision

After the first session, you and your coach will have frequent follow-up sessions, either on the phone or in person, to aid in achieving your wellness vision.

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