A lot of you have contacted me asking about how to become a wellness coach and how to set up your own business.
I may be offering holistic business coaching at some point, but until then:
I recommend checking out WellCoaches:
WellCoaches is also the best one to get certified through, in my opinion. They do have prerequisties, which I can’t locate at the moment. But one way their prerequisites can be fulfilled include an undergrad degree in ESS, or anything in a health-related field, including mental health, I believe. But I would ask them for their list of prerequisites specifically. They wave pre-requisties sometimes as well.Most corporations are going to want the same thing.
Corporations in general, in my opinion, are the way to go in terms of employment as well, either as an employee or independent contractor. They have the need and money to hire wellness coaches. It is still a new field for the general public.There are even a few grad programs in coaching, I think, although one is in Australia. Hopefully there will be more soon.
These are the two books I recommend:
Coaching Psychology Manual (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)) [Spiral-bound]
Margaret Moore (Author), Bob Tschannen-Moran (Author) – you can find this on Amazon
Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change [Paperback]
Michael Arloski (Author) – also available on Amazon
The first is for wellness coaching skills. The second is for overall information on the field.
Building your own business is a whole other skill set. Any courses/workshops/programs you can take might help. It’s about building your “list,” your niche,” and your platform. There are many techniques, and it is a process. But working for yourself is amazing too.
You could also check out The Spencer Institute’s wellness coaching program:
It might work along with reading the Coaching Psychology manual put out by WellCoaches. Although many places will still want to see related health degrees and training. There is a lot of competition out there.
On the other hand, coaching talent cannot be taught.
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Best to you on your journey to help make the world a healthier place!