What to Expect
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There is so much to learn about life with chronic pain. It can be overwhelming, especially when you do not feel well and you are fatigued. I can help breakdown important information as well as provide support and motivation as you determine your next steps for health and wellness. You may be saying, I don't know what those steps are - I just want to feel better. I get it, I have been there. Sadly, there is no quick fix for chronic pain illnesses. However, there are many things we can do for ourselves on a daily basis that will lead to getting back to the life you love. We all have strengths and attributes that have served us well in life. However, when we get sick, it may be hard to tap into these. In our work together, you will find your inner strength and the solutions and tools to reclaim your life.
Step one is for me to get to know you a bit and learn about your goals. During this discovery time, you will begin to create a vision for your ideal health and wellness. Next, we will begin creating a plan to get you from where you are now to your vision. We will create 3-month goals that will help you get to your vision. This work will begin during your Initial Comprehensive Visit. During Ongoing Sessions, we will work together on the baby steps - the smaller goals that will get you to your 3-month goals - that will get you to your vision. Everyone progresses in their own time. If "3-Month Goals" don't take 3 months that is fine. What matters is how you feel and getting you closer to the life you love.
For minor issues, this process could take a couple of months. For bigger issues, it is not unusual for the process to take 6 -12 months or even longer. In our work together, you will learn the skills you need to continue to self-manage and grow on your own after our work together is done.
Our work does not replace what you are doing with a doctor, PT, therapist, etc. I am another member of your healthcare team, of which YOU are the captain. In fact, my work supports the physician-patient relationship. For example, you may choose to work with me on goals or directives from your doctor that are perhaps challenging. Also, I do provide support to physicians who have their patients enrolled in the PACT pain self-management/education program.
PACT is an on-line training program with an hour of training each week to learn how to relieve and prevent all types of pain conditions by reducing the causes. PACT offers training that has been found to be effective in pain clinics and clinical trials. I am a PACT Health Coach that you or your doctor can select to work with you. PACT includes weekly health coaching sessions. If you or your doctor are interested in the PACT program, please let me know and I can connect you with the PACT Management Team. This link shares more on PACT and an orientation video. Currently, the only way to participate in PACT is if you see a physician enrolled in PACT.
Our partnership is designed to help you make lasting behavioral changes that will improve your health and well-being. Does this mean your pain will be gone? No. It means that your pain will no longer keep you from living life. My mission is to help people live their best life with chronic pain and provide support, understanding, and compassion along the way.
If you would like to know more about how health coaching can transform lives, visit my Coaching Science page for informative articles including research on coaching outcomes.
Check out my FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions. I also offer a free 25-minute consultation to help you discover if working together would help you. Contact me today for your free consultation.
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Initial Comprehensive Coaching Session
Our first session will be about 75 minutes. I will ask you to complete a health assessment and a waiver before this meeting. During this session, we will identify your priorities, begin to develop your Health Action Plan, and take the first steps from where you are now to where you want to be.
Ongoing Coaching Sessions
Ongoing coaching sessions are shorter. They typically last about 40 minutes. I recommend committing to at least three months of coaching, in order to truly experience the benefits. This is an appropriate time-frame in which to start, learn, and possibly begin to maintain new healthy behaviors. Initially, I would recommend weekly appointments. My goal is to teach you to self-coach so that you have the skills to continue to make behavioral changes after our work together ends.