Coaching facilitates the behavior change and lifestyle modification process. A Health Coach combines the science of fitness and weight management with the art of coaching. There are many facets to health coaching including nutrition education, personal training, time management, and psychology. Changing one’s lifestyle is a complicated and difficult journey. Together, we will create a strategic, powerful plan based on your core values and goals. You will gain clarity through a regular process including motivation, interaction, problem solving, and accountability. You are always in charge of setting your own goals, but I will push you, challenge you, and support you to help you reach your goals faster than you could on your own. Developing the total person, body, mind, and spirit, is critical to your overall success and happiness.
Your Personalized Map to Health and Wellness
During our time together, I will equip you with the tools to take control of your health. Together we will customize a plan that works best for you with your goals in mind. We will go into any or all of the following:
- General Nutrition Guidelines
- Reading Labels
- Suggestions for Weight Loss
- Dining Out
- Meal Prepping
- Grocery Store Guide
- Pantry Guide
- Food Cravings
- Weight Loss
- Aerobic Base
- Aerobic Efficiency
- Anaerobic Endurance
- Anaerobic Power
- Core Training
- Balance Training
- Muscular Imbalances
- Muscular Endurance
- Muscular Strength
- Daily Living Activity
- Daily Journaling Practices
- Reframing Negative Self-Talk
- Positivity Assessments
- Body Image
- Heal Relationship with Food
- Tune into your Body
- Cognitive Restructuring
- Establish Accountability
- Push Past Plateaus
- Time Management
- Morning Routine
- Evening Routine
- Travel Tips
- Work/Life Balance
- Habit Change
- Environmental Modifications
- Build Social Support
- Self Control
- Identification of Triggers
- Strengthen Motivation
Office and Virtual Sessions Available
For the individual with a busy schedule who doesn’t have time for regular meetings or prefers the flexibility of online chats. It’s an easy and flexible way to achieve your health and wellness goals without having to worry about scheduling an appointment.
For the individual living in or visiting southern Nevada who would like to meet in person. My office is located in Henderson at 215 and Green Valley Parkway.
Darleen has been a great support and has been effective in getting me to follow through on the things I know I should be doing but couldn’t seem to bring myself to. I feel optimistic about my goal now with her encouragement.Carolyn
Darleen has been an excellent coach! She is so attentive to every detail I mention and has helped me keep my goals as a top priority. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for accountability in making a consistent change in their life.Morgan
Darleen is very supportive helpful and mindful person. She has always been very considerate of me and my challenge. I want to lose weight and she has just started me on a way for the first time feel comfortable and I am starting to see things easier.Nicole
Frequently Asked Questions
What should a client look for when hiring a health coach?
The term “health coach” can mean different things to different people. There are a lot of people out there calling themselves a “health coach” and they have never received any official training. When talking to potential coaches, be sure to ask if they are certified and ask to see proof. Some of the top certification programs are:
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
- National Society of Health Coaches (NSHC)
- Duke Integrative Medicine
- Wellcoaches School of Coaching
What type of support does a health coach provide?
One of the goals of a health coach is to facilitate behavior change to help a client reach his or her health and wellness goals. Many clients come to me looking for help with unhealthy food choices, night-time snacking, or lack of exercise. Each client is unique and requires a different type of support; however, general support can be summarized into four primary types:
- Tangible Support: educational services to increase general knowledge
- Informational Support: problem-solving for client specific issues including advice, guidance, videos, books, or websites
- Emotional Support: empathy, concern, encouragement, and acceptance
- Companionship Support: create a sense of belonging and feeling of comfort
What are some of the more common issues that you help clients with?
Most clients come to me looking for nutrition and fitness support. When we dig down into some of the underlying problems, we uncover some cognitive distortions that the client wasn’t even aware they had that have been holding them back. This is the power of coaching and is very effective in finally breaking through barriers! The most cognitive distortions include:
- All-or-nothing thinking: the belief that you have to be perfect when you are on a “diet”. When you cheat on your nutrition or skip the gym one day, you end up giving up entirely.
- Mental Filter: Focusing or dwelling on the negatives and ignoring the positives. Instead of recognizing that you ate a healthy breakfast and lunch, you ignore that and focus only on your unhealthy dinner
- Labeling: Identifying with a shortcoming. Instead of saying “I made a mistake”, clients may say “I am a failure”
- Magnification or minimization: Blowing things out of proportion. Instead of saying “I had one bad day”, clients may say “I can never stick the plan.”
- “Should” statements: Criticizing oneself with “should” and “shouldn’t” (or “must”, “ought” and “have-to”). “I shouldn’t eat that”, “I should go to the gym”, etc.
Once we uncover some of these root issues, clients are finally able to break through their self-limiting beliefs and reach their goals.
What is the recommended length of time to work with a health coach on lifestyle modification?
Studies have shown that programs should be a minimum of 16-26 weeks to foster success. Again, every client is different and starts at a different point. Health coaches should design programs that encourage self-reliance and help the client develop their own capabilities and resources.
What will we discuss in the coaching session?
The coaching calls are a time to dig into your goals, your passions, and what you want to change in your life. Together we will create specific and measurable goals. We will discuss the pros and cons of changing certain behaviors and the best way to do it. We will discuss different triggers and obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your goals. We may even dedicate a few sessions to explore your fitness goals and conduct a fitness assessment so I can develop an exercise program for you. Your body is the composition of the foods you eat, thoughts you think, community you choose, and environment you surround yourself with. We will explore each of these areas to help you uncover anything that is holding you back.
During the initial session we will:
- Review your comprehensive self assessment that you will have already completed online in your own, private, secure portal
- Explore your overall long-term goals and what you want to achieve
- Discuss your current situation – what is going on in your life in terms of work, school, family, stress, etc.
- Set a few small, short-term goals that can be achieved quickly to build momentum and move us to the next step
During the follow-up sessions we will:
- Review your progress since the last call
- Celebrate successes and explore un-expected obstacles
- Review and adjust goals as necessary
- Set a plan of action for the week ahead
What is included in the initial assessment and subsequent assessments?
Prior to our first call, you will have about 30-60 minutes of homework to complete. I will provide you with a link to your own private, secure portal. You will be prompted to answer a series of health and wellness questions including:
- basic health and demographic information
- health history
- family history
- nutrition history
- fitness history
- psychological history
- physical activity readiness assessment
- weight loss readiness (if applicable)
- 3 day food journal
This first session will be our longest session together and we will review all of the information you provide to give me a picture of your overall health. Based on this information, we will discuss what the assessments reveal about your health and get you started on attainable changes immediately so you can begin seeing results!
Depending on the goals that are identified at the first session, subsequent assessments may include:
- static posture to address potential muscular imbalances
- flexibility and movement screens
- balance (static and dynamic)
- core function
- body composition
- aerobic power
- muscular endurance
- muscular strength
- reaction time
How Can I Help You?
If you have any questions at all about how to get started, please do not hesitate to reach out. Send me a quick message. I look forward to chatting with you!