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General Questions

What is positive psychology coaching?

Coaches trained in positive psychology look at what’s right with you, rather than emphasizing what’s wrong. They will talk to you about your strengths, what matters most, and what your dreams are for the future. They will become your ally and guide you to set goals and sustain motivation to reach these goals.

How is Functional Medicine incorporated into the coaching I will receive?

Functional Medicine practitioners look for the root causes of chronic medical conditions and may address these causes by recommending a plan such as dietary changes, exercise, or relaxation. Your health coach has been studying the basic principles of Functional Medicine, including listening to a client’s story and developing a plan for initiating diet and lifestyle changes. Your health coach will support you as you make these changes and answer questions you may have about the Functional Medicine way of interpreting the underlying causes of illness.

What training has my apprentice health coach received?

Your apprentice health coach is a student of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. He/she is in the later half of the program and has studied the basic principles of Functional Medicine, positive psychology, coaching skills, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, and the Functional Medicine approach to nutrition.

Are apprentice health coaches supervised?

Yes, all apprentice health coaches have a supervisor who is an experienced coach. They meet twice a month with their supervisor and other apprentice health coaches to receive support and suggestions for creating an optimal experience for you.

Will personal information about me be shared during coaching supervision?

No, your name and any identifying personal information will not be used during supervision.

Will my health coach keep records? If so, where are they stored and can I have access to them?

Records are stored in a HIPAA secure electronic medical records system. This includes the intake forms and questionnaires you fill out when you decide to enroll and the notes your student coach will keep. You are able to access these records at any time, including after your sessions end, for a period of up to 7 years, and they can be made available to your healthcare professional if you sign a release of information.

What topics can be addressed during coaching?

In coaching sessions you will be the one who determines what topics you want to focus on. Examples include adhering to dietary recommendations, weight loss, developing and sticking with an exercise plan, ways to reduce stress, or how to deal with challenging family or work situations.

How is working with a health coach different than working with a medical practitioner?

A medical practitioner diagnoses and prescribes various treatments for medical conditions. A health coach is not engaged in the practice of medicine. Rather, he/she partners with you and guides you as you determine what changes you wish to make to attain good health.

How is working with a health coach different than working with a mental health practitioner?

Health coaches do not diagnose or treat any mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. They will support you and help you develop a plan for dealing with challenging situations in your life that may be causing temporary sadness or worrying you.

If the coach I am assigned to also happens to be a healthcare provider, such as a nutritionist, nurse practitioner or social worker, can I also work with him/her in that capacity?

As a client of the Coaching Center, you will not be diagnosed or treated for any medical or psychiatric condition. If your assigned health coach also happens to be a licensed medical provider, he/she will not be working with you in that capacity. If a situation arises where a health concern is noted, your coach will alert your medical practitioner, provided a release of information is signed.

How long are the sessions?

The first session with your coach will be 45 minutes. Follow-up sessions will be 30 minutes.

If I signed up for 5 sessions, can I extend to 10 sessions?

Yes, if you work with your coach for 5 sessions and decide you wish to continue, you can sign up for an additional 5 sessions with the same coach, provided that he/she is available. If not, you would be matched with a new coach who would be fully informed of your desired goals.

Is meeting with my coach over the phone or Skype as effective as meeting in person?

Definitely. There is research showing that effective coaching does not need to be face-to-face.

What if I want to meet via HIPAA-compliant tele-health platform, but don’t know how to use this or don’t have access to a computer?

Your coach can show you how to use Zoom, which can be accessed through a computer, smartphone or tablet. If you do not have access to a computer, the local library might offer assistance. Phone sessions or FaceTime can also be arranged as an alternative.

Can I continue with my coach after his/her apprenticeship ends?

You may continue to work with your coach after the apprenticeship ends if mutually agreed upon and the coach is not engaged in full-time employment. However, the rates offered by the Coaching Center may not apply. As an alternative, you may sign up again to work with a new apprentice health coach.

Why do I need to pay in advance?

Coaching outcomes are typically better when sessions are paid for in advance. We hope that by doing so, you will be fully committed to reaching your goals.

What happens if I pay in advance, but am not happy with the coach I’m assigned to?

In the unlikely event of a mismatch, please contact our intake coordinator, Ginna Johnson.  She will assign you to another coach.

What if I’m not satisfied and want a refund?

If you paid in full, the complete amount will be refunded if you withdraw prior to the start of the coaching sessions. After the initial session, requests for a refund will be handled on a case by case basis. There will be no refunds after the 2nd session has taken place.

Do I have to grant permission for my health coach to share information with my medical doctor?

Granting your health coach permission to share information with your medical doctor or other healthcare providers that you may be seeing is completely voluntary.

Will my personal information be used for research?

Together with The Institute for Functional Medicine, the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. will be conducting research on the effectiveness of health coaching for successfully making diet and lifestyle changes. You will be asked to fill out brief questionnaires prior to the start of coaching and again when the sessions end. The results will be used anonymously.

Can I refer friends and relatives to the Coaching Center?

We hope that you will have a rewarding experience and encourage you to refer friends and relatives.

What if I want a Functional Medicine practitioner rather than a coach?

If you want to work with a practitioner trained in Functional Medicine, please go to to functionalmedicine.org and search Find a Practitioner to locate someone in your area.

If I sign up to be coached, can I also apply to become a student of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc.?

Yes, if you have a passion for helping others, please consider applying to become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.

Do you have group coaching available?

Group coaching coming soon.

Coaching Costs

What is the price for apprentice health coaching?

One complimentary session is available to you. If you choose to continue, you can purchase five more sessions for $55 or 10 more sessions for $107.

Do you have payment plans?

A payment plan is only applicable to the 10-session, $107, package. Pay $19.97 up front for a Foundation Session and that fee will be applied to the package, resulting in a first monthly charge of $17.03 ($37 minus $19.97), followed by two charges of $37, 30 days apart.

When do I need to pay?

You will need to make your payment no later than 24-48 hours from receiving your coaching confirmation email.