Some health coaches have varied credentials in health and wellness management, education, and fitness training. Others are more skilled licensed healthcare practitioners, such as clinical psychologists, nurses, physicians, or physician assistants, who aid clients battling with chronic medical conditions.
However, instead of determining and treating the cause of a medical condition, health coaches focus on current situations and work ahead toward future-directed growth.
Health coaches equip patients with the knowledge, tools, and skills required to be proactive in their care, facilitating them to reach their goals.
Today, health and wellness coaching has evolved into a more sophisticated field with the potential of transforming the healthcare system. It is an umbrella term that encompasses contemporary disciplines of coaching psychology, positive psychology, motivational interviewing, and neuroscience.
Psychotherapists, on the other hand, specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems listed in the “Bible” of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-V). Despite that, psychotherapists often deal with medical illnesses, recovery from major or trauma, and overall health and wellness concerns. In doing so, they often come across health coaching. The crux of their job is to stabilize client growth by building strong interpersonal relationships. Hence, there’s significant commonality between health coaching and psychotherapy.