Why I Became a Health Coach

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Thank you for your interest in Health Coaching with Stephanie McMahon, MA, FMCHC. You may be reading this because you are interested in improving your emotional and physical health; welcome!

In March 2019, after working for 15 years in the mental health field, I began a 1-year training program with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. It was an incredible, transformative experience and I graduated in March 2020.

In this post, I'd like to share the one reason, above all else, that I became a health coach.

My One Reason Above All Others

Our healthcare system in the U.S. is a sick-care system. When you walk into a doctor’s office, you often walk out with a prescription to mask whatever symptoms you were experiencing. This is not healing and does not address the root cause of the illness. The healthcare system in the U.S. isn’t going to transform overnight. But you can begin to reclaim autonomy over your health today.

Most deaths in the U.S. today are caused by preventable illnesses attributed to lifestyle: obesity, Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, to only name a few. By changing your diet, movement habits, sleep patterns, stress load, and reducing toxins in your environment, you can reclaim your health and prevent many of these diseases from stealing your health and future happiness.

But you cannot do these things alone with sheer willpower. And this is where the health coach comes in: I want my clients to live purposeful, joyful, and long lives. But I know from personal experience that changing the way you eat, think, and move is hard work. And changing ingrained thought patterns is even harder! That is why I want to walk with you to the future you deserve: a future of thriving health and resilience.

I hold each client to be naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. As your coach, I support you in creating a personal health vision and action plan that includes your whole person: body, mind, and spirit. I will never stop believing in you and your innate capacity to heal and grow.

In my work with clients, I pull on my skills in active listening, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, cooking, natural movement, and the list goes on! I do not take a dogmatic approach, but rather let the client lead. I can help you figure out and implement plans your doctor or nutritionist have prescribed. Lasting change can only occur if it is tied to your deeply held, personal values and beliefs. I start each client relationship with a sense of curiosity and kindness and as you set and work towards goals, I provide consistent accountability and encourage reflection and adaptability.

Above all else, I believe the key to your good health is in your hands. You may not see it, but that is the beauty of the coaching relationship: we will be surprised and delighted by what we discover in our time together! And by working together, we will both walk away changed people. The invitation stands: you are welcome to join my community when you are ready.

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