Discover the Art of Narrative Health Coaching

The Benefits of Our Innovative Method

Narrative Health Coaching offers a developmental, balanced and inclusive approach for increasing wellness and fostering sustainable change in the lives of both coaches and clients.  Promoting growth by developing your own healing capacity, Narrative Health Coaching fosters health and resilience through a learning process that allows you to better support healing in others. You will learn how to incorporate awareness of “story”, and help clients to shift their perspectives, offering new ways to navigate and work with limiting beliefs and habitual patterns.  As a Narrative Health coach you more effectively relate to your client’s experience in a profound way.

What It Means To Be An Expert Coach

Our coaches discern and work with each client’s unique way of experiencing their situation – their narrative or story.  Vastly different from an “illness narrative” which focuses on illness rather than healing, Narrative Health Coaching invites both client and coach to come to terms with the current situation, and offers greater freedom of choice from which to understand, manage and resiliently cope with challenges. Cultivating long-term health and wellness emphasizes education and awareness. By helping your clients to develop increased awareness and master new skills, this powerful method of coaching transforms old patterns of illness into new ways of being.

Stories Matter ~ Relationships Engage ~ Learning Transforms ~ Growth Heals

Our Approach to Narrative Healing 

Embracing the story we tell about our situation and how we tell it.  This is at the heart of how we make meaning, and has significant influence over how we interpret and navigate our life circumstances. Vastly different from an “illness narrative” which focuses on illness rather than health, a healing narrative both emerges from and invites our coming to terms with “what is,” offering more freedom of choice from which to understand, manage and resiliently cope with whatever is occurring.

Our comprehensive framework allows coaches to identify areas that support the fullest and most sustainable healing. Narrative Health coaches help clients access the many factors that contribute to greater health and wellness, engaging the full range of our human healing experiences – body, mind, soul and spirit.

Developmental:  We learn and grow at different rates through specific stages. By meeting individuals where they are, fostering new awareness and leveraging strengths, we access greater well-being at the current stage and, when appropriate, facilitate growth through further stages with greater ease.

Multiple perspectives:  The more perspectives we take into account, the more fully we can see and understand each client’s unique situation, identifying what will nurture health and healing. Our coaches learn to discern each client’s way of experiencing their situation – the way they make meaning of it; how it is perceived in their culture and impacts their relationships; how they cope with the effects on their energy levels and range of emotions; and how their level of access to the healthcare system contributes to their sense of stress or ease.

Integrative:  Our approach is uniquely integral in that it engages client development through multiple perspectives, and integrative – recognizing the complexity of human wholeness. These perspectives of wholeness include feelings, beliefs and values, physiology and behavior, culture and relationships, and natural and human-made environments.

The Certificate Program in Narrative Health Coaching (CPNHC) promotes healing and wellness by growing the coach’s healing capacity. We teach coaches to address factors that support growth and resilience, offering new ways to navigate and work with health issues. Through your own growth process and increased capacity for healing, you become better able to support healing in others.

Accreditation: Becoming a Health Coach

Certification by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) provides proof of a solid knowledge base and significant skill development. It is a sign to employers, colleagues and clients that you have invested effort into education, connected with peers in the field, and are engaging in ethical practice. Becoming a certified Narrative Health Coach is both demanding and rewarding. It involves effort, time, reflection, and practice. The ICHWC offers the most current and comprehensive standards for health and wellness coaches in the United States.

The Certificate Program in Narrative Health Coaching is accredited by the ICHWC.  Completion of the Certificate Program in Narrative Health Coaching qualifies graduates to sit for the ICHWC exam.

Requirements for ICHWC Certification f Coach Training

  • Completion of the Certificate Program in Narrative Health Coaching
  • Completion of 50 coaching sessions
  • Passing the ICHWC Certification Exam
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher

More detail can be found here.

How Will Narrative Healing Benefit Your Clients?

  • Clients recognize and work with the story or stories they hold about their health and wellness
  • Clients identify new stories that foster more effective healing outcomes that help them understand, manage and find meaning in their health issues
  • Clients deepen and expand how they currently work with challenges and limiting beliefs
  • Clients recognize the difference between healing and curing
  • Clients learn to take complete ownership of their health goals and personal wellness
  • Clients integrate lifestyle choices through a healing plan that optimizes learning and growth
  • Clients increase their ability to adhere to medical and therapeutic recommendations

Who is Narrative Health Coaching For?

Our program is designed for coaches and health professionals committed to developing their own health, knowing that the healthier we become, the more effectively we can serve our clients. Our students are dedicated to deepening skills, improving effectiveness, expanding  reach, and furthering  personal growth. Our offerings  appeal to professionals drawn to integrative health.

We recognize that many factors impact health and that the more factors we engage, the greater the possibility for embodied and sustainable change. Narrative Health coaches are committed to alleviating unnecessary suffering, and improving their capacity for sustained wellness in relationship with body, mind, soul and spirit.

Inspiration from Our Students

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