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Becoming a Holistic Health Coach

Becoming a Holistic Health Coach – a journey to empowering others

Mar 4, 2024

Becoming a Holistic Health Coach opens doors to a world of transformation and empowerment. As you step into this vibrant realm of wellness, you embark on a journey of self-discovery and holistic healing. With a focus on nurturing mind, body, and spirit, you’ll inspire others to thrive and embrace a life of balance and vitality.

Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are determined not only to introspect and transform their lives but also to inspire and support others in changing their own. I am Gillian McMichael and I run ICF Holistic Health & Wellness Certification coaching programs that meet all ICF certification requirements. As an ICF Certified Master Coach, I have trained and mentored over 8000 students to reach their Holistic Health & Wellness coaching certification and become the coaches they always wanted to be. 

Becoming a Holistic Health Coach – A Journey

Becoming a Holistic Health coach is a journey that is much more than guiding and inspiring others, it is a commitment and an honour to support those who seek change, pursue fulfilment in their personal and professional lives and gather the confidence to succeed. It’s not only about unlocking another’s potential but also about nurturing, facilitating, and empowering them with the right mindset and beliefs. It’s also about igniting their self-worth and becoming their champion even if no one does. It’s also a deeply personal journey that will force you to uncover parts of yourself that you never knew existed.

Becoming a Holistic Health Coach is more than just getting the title – helping others means being accountable and being held to higher standards. It is your responsibility as a future coach to gain an in-depth understanding of human behaviour, the ethical standards of this profession, get evaluated and mentored in a coaching program that is recognised and accredited by the International Coaching Federation. So here is a step-by-step guide to getting started on this journey of becoming an ICF-accredited Holistic Health coach:

What are the benefits of becoming a Holistic Health Coach?

There are two routes to consider when thinking about becoming a Holistic Health Coach, do you want to be self-employed or for an organisation as an internal coach?  either route can work. As a self-employed coach you will need to think about who you want to coach and what you need to set up your practice – most Holistic Health Coaches transition from their employment by building their practice alongside their day to day work until they feel ready to transition fully into full-time self-employment. 

If you want to work in-house then you will need to search for the right opportunity however there are many around and more and more organisations have their own internal coaching teams.  You will for both these options need a globally accredited qualification to ensure best practice and the correct ethical approach to Holistic Health Coaching.

What qualities do you need to become a Holistic Health Coach?

First of all you need to willing to learn, be open minded and non-judgemental.  The coaching relationship is built upon trust and respect.  When working as a Holistic Health Coach you need to be empathetic, understanding and have a deep curiosity about health and wellbeing.  You need to be able to stretch your clients in their thinking yet hold a safe space for them to explore aspects of their health and wellbeing.  Ideally you would describe yourself as a people person who wants to support and help others make the difference they need in their lives.

What training do you need to become a Holistic Health Coach?

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” ~ Lao Tzu

Why Choose An ICF Holistic Health & Wellness Coaching Certification?

This is the big question. The ICF accreditation is considered as the global hallmark of excellence, the gold standard in coaching. You will be aligned with professionals all over the world who embody everything that the profession stands for credibility, knowledge, understanding, ethics, willingness to learn and a commitment to continuous learning in service of your clients.

The ICF Certification Requirements and the Process

Step 1 – Levels of learning: There are 3 levels of certifications for coaches: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach and Master Certified Coach (MCC). You must complete 60 hours of training in either an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) or the Approved Coach Specific Training Hours Program (ACSTH) to complete the foundation level – ACC. Each level comes with its own ICF certification requirements.

Step 2 – Practice: At each of these levels, candidate coaches must log the required coaching hours that will count towards their ICF wellness coaching certification. Not only do you get real world experience, but you will also learn to fine tune your coaching abilities and style. At the ACC level, you need to log 100 hours of practice with clients.

Step 3 – Getting Mentored: While mentorship is mandatory, it helps elevate your skills, get guidance, and gain a unique perspective from those who have been through this process. You will need at least 10 hours of mentoring at the ACC level.

Step 4 – Evaluation: Your submissions will be evaluated against the ICF core competencies.

Step 5 – Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA): Last but not least, each level has a rigorous assessment of your competencies to gauge your abilities to facilitate and guide your clients in making meaningful changes in their lives. Once you pass, you will receive the ICF wellness coaching certification for the level you have completed.

Now that you know what is needed to become a Holistic Health coach, please feel free to reach out to me with a 1-on-1 call to learn more about my transformational retreat packages or if you require a little more support in your next steps as a Holistic Health coach. I offer holistic Health & Wellness  coaching and support designed to set you on the path to growth, understanding and deep awareness. Feel free to tune into my podcast every Monday where we discuss honest mental health conversations with individuals who have overcome challenges and found peace in their lives.

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