What is health coaching?

According to the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine:

Health coaching is the evidence based application of questioning, conversational and goal setting skills to assist patients to make sustainable health behaviour change consistent with their own values and personal strengths.

It seeks to empower patients to locate their own unique motivating forces to respond to the health challenges specific to them.

Health coaching approaches can be taught and integrated into routine medical and health consultations and provide both patients and health care providers with skills to identify and secure lasting behavioural change and to respond effectively to uncertainty and ambivalence about change.

“In short, health coaches are expert facilitators of mindset and behaviour change that generates sustainable healthy lifestyles to prevent and treat disease and foster well-being and thriving.”

A Health Coach is different from a medical practitioner, Naturopath, Dietitian or Nutritionist because coaching services are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases.