INTEGRATIVE HEALTH COACHING
"A person's behavior change is motivated primarily by a desire that is personal to her or him. A 'desire' is defined as a feeling of aspiration for a new, positive possibility."
What can Integrative Health Coaching do for me?
Most of us find it difficult to make and sustain the health changes we know are important for our well-being and long term health. It is common to know what to do - how to eat better; that we should get daily exercise; manage stress better - but we don't do it. Life seems to pull us in other, easier directions. Indeed, our society and culture is structured to promote dis-ease rather than our health and wellness.
Most causes of diseases are related to health behaviors and lifestyle.
Integrative Health Coaching is the missing link in modern health care that can help people address this problem of not being able to make and sustain behavior changes in their lifestyle. Professional Integrative Health Coaching draws upon the scientific knowledge base and wisdom of many fields of health care practice such as psychology, integrative medicine, mindfulness, life coaching, sports coaching, and executive coaching. This is the future of health care!
“People tend to think of breakthroughs in medicine as a new drug, a laser, or a high-tech surgical procedure. They often have a hard time believing that the simple choices that we make in our lifestyle?what we eat, how we respond to stress, whether or not we smoke cigarettes, how much exercise we get, and the quality of our relationships and support can be as powerful as drugs and surgery. But they often are.”
- Dean Ornish, M.D.
The Duke University Integrative Medicine Center is the national and international pioneer and leader in professional health coaching. They describe this innovative 21st century health care profession:
"The purpose of Integrative Health Coaching is to create dynamic partnerships that move people toward satisfying and healthy lifestyles. Our coaches use both innovative and practical strategies to help people
clarify what they want
- explore their options
- enhance personal accountability
- take action for optimal health."
The Integrative Health Coach Professional holds central in their practice the client's agenda. The client's agenda may include but not be replaced by the medical agenda (or the insurer's agenda, the client's spouse's agenda, or anyone else's goals and agenda for the client.)
Coaching takes place in the context of the client's deeply personal vision and values.
Integrative Health Coaches
Integrative Health Coaching can be used with both high functioning people who are seeking to optimize their health as well as with medical patients with great physical and emotional vulnerabilities.
The Integrative Health Coach is a motivational partner:
"People say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing...
that's why we recommend it daily."
Pamela Chamberlynn, M.S.W., IHCP, MP is a graduate of Duke University Integrative Medicine Center as an
Health Coaching sessions can be in person or telephonically
Please call for a complimentary 30 minute session to see if this professional service fits in with your health care goals.
Prices: $55.00 per 45' session.
Health Coaching is not currently insurance billable.
Sessions are purchased as a package and paid in advance.
Six 45' sessions $330.00
Nine 45' sessions $495.00
Twelve 45' sessions $660.00
Appointments are available
Monday through Friday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
so you can enjoy your appointments on your lunch hour
Health Coaching is a new field that is showing promising results in improved health outcomes and in lowering health care costs. However, health coaching is not a licensed profession yet and virtually anyone can call themselves a health coach, even with no professional health care background and no training.
Due to the effectiveness of health coaching, the health insurance industry is beginning to use health coaches because they do cut health care costs. However, the training of their health coaches is not standardized and is at the discretion of the insurance company and their corporate agenda and financial bottom line. The Integrative Health Coach model at Duke Integrative Medicine is based strongly on the idea that the agenda of health coaching should come from you based on your personal values, not from an insurance company or other power entity.
Duke University Integrative Medicine Center (DIMC) is very involved in the professional movement toward national standards, accreditation, and licensing for professional health coaches. Professional licensing for health coaches will be several years in the future. DIMC will maintain the educational standards that Duke University is known internationally for and ensure that their graduates continue to meet the highest professional standards of practice.
You are encouraged as a consumer of this professional service or as a physician or health care provider referring clients to a Health Coach to ask about the credentials, training, professional background, and experience of your potential Health Coach.