Monday, July 13, 2009

Integrative Health Coaching Available

By Deb Kirkland, RN, BSN, MPH
Nurse Navigator, Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Center at Northwest Hospital

In lieu of support group throughout the summer, Breast Friends is working with Jill Adler, Integrative Health Coach, for health coaching sessions. Our support group for young breast cancer survivors will resume in September.

An Integrative Health Coach creates dynamic partnerships that move people toward satisfying and healthy lifestyles. Coaches use both innovative and practical strategies to help people clarify what they want and don't want, and explore options. The coaching process enhances personal accountability as people take thoughtful action for optimal health.

Integrative Health coaching facilitates behavior change in a structured, supportive partnership between the participant and coach. The coach invites insights and clarity through inquiry and personal discovery. A coach focuses on the mind, body, and spirit and helps people make the changes that support a healthier lifestyle.

In group coaching, various topics common to group members may be discussed each session, or each person can bring up something they are working on. Often, common themes emerge on topics like finding balance, managing fear, decreasing stress, staying motivated and improving communication with loved ones. Each session will have some structure to it while also allowing a natural flow to the group process.

Group members participate in discussions, honor group rules, pledge to be supportive of one another and also complete various exercises and assignments that move members forward in their journey. It's a fun, challenging exploration that can prove to be life-changing.

To learn more, contact Jill at jadler(at)

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