Working as a Peer Health Coach

Well hello there friends, sorry it’s been so long. Sorta forgot how to blog ๐Ÿ™ƒ As some of you may or may not know, I quit personal training (I’m still certified) back in February. I started a new job as a Peer Health Coach. Now what does that even mean?? Well first off, I am now certified as a Peer Recovery Specialist which is an individual who has lived experience with mental illness or substance abuse and provides one-on-one strength based support to peers in recovery. That’s a mouthful, right?

What I do is use my own experience and knowledge to help others towards their own sense of recovery and wellness. Basically I’m a professional friend ๐Ÿ˜Š Now the health coach portion is what I mainly focus on day to day. I help clients identify behavior changes they want to make to promote wellness and support them in positive self growth. I give clients information, advice and education on different wellness topics. I also work outside the office– for example, I can accompany them to the gym to get them acclimated to the environment or the grocery store to help them make appropriate choices for them. As a peer I try to never put my beliefs, goals or values onto my clients rather I aid them in using their own beliefs, goals and values to improve their wellbeing. Within the past 6 months I’ve gotten LOADS of training (5 different certifications) and now have over 50 clients.

The biggest change for me from personal training has been really focusing on what my clients WANT wellness wise and not pushing anything on them. I try to just focus on little goals they are confident they can succeed in. Someone’s goal may be to walk 10 minutes a day, another person may want to sleep 8 hours a night and another may want to quit drinking soda. Some clients may not be ready to change at all. This job has changed my perspective on what it is to be a coach. You can help someone achieve something that may seem small to you but could be a big change to them. Celebrate these things!

Support and empathize with them through the pitfalls. I have learned that people are so different and you have to be able to meet them where they’re at. I look forward to expanding my knowledge on how to work with people and help others achieve their goals. Big things to come! Keep an eye out if you think you’d like to work with me ๐Ÿ˜Ž

–mvkayy

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2 thoughts on “Working as a Peer Health Coach

  1. Meagan says:

    Youโ€™re such a great writer!! Found this super interesting, as I donโ€™t think the term peer health coach has ever been in my vocabulary. Sounds like a very fulfilling job.

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