Frequently asked questions
What makes you so different than other Health Coaches or Nutritionists?
Nutritionists typically focus on lists and charts often based on the current recommendations from the U.S.D.A. The process is often cerebral and uses measurements, portions, and a reliance on lists.
Health coaches typically focus on improving and individualizing a client’s diet along with education and support upgrading their diet to whole, high-quality foods.
Offering both nutrition/health and eating psychology support, I love working from the nutritional realm and I also pick up where many traditional models leave off addressing the hidden influences and triggers that drive your behavior and contribute to your symptoms. We explore the deeper dimensions of weight loss, overeating, chronic dieting, energy, embodiment, food morality, and digestive issues that other approaches may skim over. My education in advanced IFS therapy and depth-oriented psychology offer a unique approach that coaching and traditional nutrition support often miss.
Rather than trying to manage or control the body and appetite, we fully engage with them and develop self-trust in the body’s needs and messages – a very empowering move for anyone wanting improve their relationship with their eating, body, and health.
What can I expect from our work together?
You can expect us to work directly with your main health concerns and draw on the wisdom of your past and current life situations to address your health from an integrative, holistic perspective.
My clients are a group of very special people that I am 100% committed to. My one-on-one sessions are my highest level of support (yes, that means I think about you when I’m on my daily walks) so you can expect me at my best as a supporter, mentor, and teacher.
Our work can run deep and can also be light-hearted and fun. I help guide you the most effective, resourceful ways I know how.
Are there measurable results from our work together?
Of course. Many of my clients report better sleep, a significant decrease in unwanted eating habits, weight loss, less bloating, and improved digestion and elimination.
At the same time, many benefits for clients are in areas that are not as easily measured. Clients feel more comfortable in their own skin, are kinder to themselves, feel better equipped to handle stressors, feel much more confidence eating, and trust themselves and their bodies more.
Read more from some of my clients.
Can I find this information online for free somewhere else?
You can certainly browse the Internet for nutritional advice, strategies on intuitive eating, and tips for weight loss. There is plenty of information out there.
However, most of my clients have spent a lot of time researching, reading, and studying dietary strategies and are still feeling trapped or confused. What I can offer you is support DIRECTLY addressing your specific concerns and honoring your life circumstances and personal history. I draw on my professional expertise (11+ years) in this field as well as my first-hand experience working through my own challenges with eating (
read my story here).
How long do you typically meet with clients?
This certainly varies per client although many of my clients fall around the 6-month range, some working with me a little less and some far beyond that. After the bulk of our work together has been addressed, many choose to schedule semi-regular “maintenance” sessions throughout the year. We both will have a good sense of what’s needed after our initial hour-long consult.
I want to work with you, but I don’t live in West Michigan. Do you work with distance clients?
Yes. I’ve been working with clients nationally/internationally via phone or Zoom. Just ask!
Will I have to count calories, measure portions, or follow a specific plan?
No. It is my intention to help free my clients from the grips of measuring or monitoring every little bite they put in their mouth.
The exception would be when I feel my client would benefit from a degree of structure with their eating, but even this is highly individual. The right kind of structure is key.
What does an initial session look like?
An initial session is an hour in length and is an in-depth discussion about your main health concerns, what you’d like to see happen for your health and your life, and where you’re feeling challenged. It is important we establish a firm sense of trust and rapport in our first session and we begin with helpful steps by the end of our first session.
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Why is this a valuable investment? I want to work with you but I’m worried my spouse/partner may not see the value in this work.
Of course I may be a bit biased, but an investment in our well-being is one of the better things we can do for those closest to us. Making self-care a priority is not only a symbolic and powerful personal act, but affects our outer world as well.
If a health, eating, weight, or body image challenge is absorbing energy in a way that makes us less emotionally and mentally available than we’d like to be for our relationships, families, communities, or work, then our healing these challenges positively impacts everyone around us. Our work together is an investment in the quality of your life, allowing you to be less burdened by eating and more available to life.