Health Coaching Services for Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Health Coaching is a service that provides opportunities for you to gain awareness regarding your capacity to create the life you want to live, both now and in the future.  I take a positive approach to personal development, focusing on your strengths and using the 9 Dimensions of Wellness model as a framework for generating goals that are meaningful for you. I believe that struggles in life do not mean you are failing in some way or need to be fixed.  As a health coach, I view challenges as a fundamental part of being human.  My goal is to encourage you to face your challenges, to help you see your capacity to show up for yourself and to move closer to your desired outcomes.  In a typical session, I provide one-on-one consultations that provide assistance and guidance to help you gain a better understanding of what health and wellness looks like for you. I will empower you by helping you identify and utilize your personal strengths to achieve your goals.  This strength-based approach will enhance your self-acceptance, give you strategies to navigate any transitions you might be facing, and help you thrive.  Health Coaching Services could be a good fit for you if you are considering changes to optimize your personal health and wellness, looking to positively shift certain aspects of your life or are simply feeling stuck and would like to work through barriers to achievement and wellbeing.  

School of Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellows who are seeking assessment and treatment for mental health issues requiring therapy and/or medication will be referred to a community provider.  To help with clarifying the differences between Health Coaching and Therapy, the following table outlines some basic distinctions between these two services.       


Health Coaching Therapy    
A service that supports trainees by enhancing mental health through empowering conversations about strengths and goals.

A service that provides clinical assessment, diagnosis and a treatment plan for the mental-health issues to be addressed in therapy. 

You are viewed as the expert that you need.  A health coach will help you to identify and trust your distinctive voice so that you can make decisions that are most appropriate for your preferred outcomes.

Information is gathered about you, your history and your mental-health concerns. This information is used to work with you on developing a treatment plan to help resolve and manage your mental health concerns.  
Check-ins between meetings are expected and scheduled. Check-ins between therapy sessions are not common, and are usually limited to crisis situations only. 
In general, coaching can be thought of as the process of discovering.

In general, therapy can be thought of as the process of uncovering and recovering.