Aside from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, millions of people suffer from autoimmune disorders that seriously impact their quality of life. In addition to physician care, individuals with autoimmune disease often benefit from making behavioral changes in nutrition, exercise, and stress management to manage inflammation or other triggers for their condition. Autoimmune Encephalitis survivors are no exception.
Health coaching bridges the gap between medical practitioners and their patients. A Health coach assists their clients in developing strategies to make lasting lifestyle adjustments that bolster overall wellness, disease management, and recovery from illnesses requiring behavior modifications.
The role of a Health Coach is not to diagnose, treat, or take responsibility for bringing about wellness changes in a client’s life. A Health Coach guides and supports the client in developing personal wellness goals and tactics for achieving those goals.
Professional Care: Prevention and Intervention
Health Coaches often use a health and wellness questionnaire that helps their client assess their current state of health and identify areas that need improvement to meet their long-term vision of health. Attached is a useful tool developed by Duke Integrative Medicine for this purpose.
The field of Health Coaching is relatively new. Over the past five years many health coaching programs have surfaced with varying degrees of academic rigor and credentialing. The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) is the standard setter for health coach credentialing. In collaboration with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) the NBHWC has developed a rigorous board certification examination leading to the credentialing of 3,000 National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches. A health coach holding the NBC-HWC credential has undergone robust training and education with a vetted and qualified training institution, demonstrated their skill by extensive coaching hours prior to sitting for the exam, passed the NBME board certification examination, and stays current on health coaching through required continuing professional education. You can find a certified NBHWC coach at: https://nbhwc.org/find-a-certified-coach/#!directory/ord=rnd