Welcome to The Health & Wellness Collaborative (HWC)! We’re glad you're here! The HWC was created to get you from where you are to where you want to be in your health & wellness goals. Can you relate to any of these statements?

  • When I think about my life, there are goals I have, but they seem to elude even my best efforts.

  • The biggest challenge I'm facing in my life right now is probably...

  • If I had a magic wand and I could change anything about myself or my life, it would be...

  • I just feel stuck.


If any of these or other challenges resonate with you, the HWC can empower you to move forward and experience success.


Health & wellness coaching allows you to partner with a behavior change expert to bring you opportunities for living on purpose, in balance.

There is an emphasize and value the on strength of collaborations and partnerships, in service of supporting you on your health & wellness journey.

Read more about the practice, here.

"A full 80% of healing comes from constructing a meaningful treatment response, unique to you, which is internal and highly personal ... You can activate your own inherent healing processes and get your physician and others on board to help accelerate your healing journey."

 - Dr. Wayne Jonas (2018)




Healthy Connections Coaching, LLC
Health & Wellness Coach and Consultant, Co-Founder

Within personal health concerns, I realized there were other systems of healing that paralleled the Western medicine model in which I was trained. Working on my own healing brought me to various complementary and alternative practices that supported me on various levels: mind, body, and spirit. 

I see firsthand the importance of having balance between life and work demands within my current health coaching role, both for myself and those I work with. I am passionate about using mind-body skills in order to realize optimal health and wellness. Read more about Lori, here.


Representing the balance of health and happiness

The image of the Health & Wellness Cairn represents the connection between health and happiness. Read more about the Cairn, here. 




Why Would I Want Health & Wellness Coaching?

What would it be like to get up each morning with enthusiasm, and how would that affect the rest of your day?

Take a moment and paint that picture in your mind!

Some of the specific reasons you might seek out a Health & Wellness Coach include:

  • You want ways to manage and work with stress.

  • You want to feel yourself thriving in mind, body, and spirit.

  • You need assistance in making whole-health goals.

  • You want accountability for goals you have set for yourself.

  • Your doctor has suggested you make lifestyle changes, and you’re not sure where or how to start, even though you are motivated to change.

  • You've been given a new diagnosis and you want to play an active part in your healing process.

  • You have made attempts at change before and it didn’t work the way you had hoped.

  • You want an independent voice guiding you to lifestyle changes.

  • You want to heal in a community of others who are supportive which might include group offerings.


What Does the NBC-HWC Certifcation Mean?

The objective of the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) is to provide a minimum standard and measure of foundational competencies: the knowledge, tasks, and skills essential to the practice of health & wellness coaching.  The application of coaching knowledge is assessed by the Health & Wellness Coaching Certifying Examination. Development and assessment of practical skills are provided by ICHWC approved health & wellness coach training and education programs.  Only those passing this examination can call themselves a “NBC-HWC.” See more at https://nbhwc.org/.


What Is Health & Wellness Coaching?

We define Health & Wellness Coaching as a partnership between you and your coach. You are looking to make long-lasting lifestyle changes where you are in control of your journey. You discover how a life in balance, designed and built on purpose, is the bedrock of living a flourishing life.

Another definition comes from the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC.) They define coaching as a partnership with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance wellbeing.  In the course of their work, health & wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients, and a belief in their capacity for change, and honoring that each client is an expert on his or her life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental. See more at https://nbhwc.org/.


What's the Difference Between Coaching & Therapy?

The main difference between Health & Wellness Coaching and therapy is that coaching focuses on the present and looks toward the future, with the belief that you are already whole, hold the wisdom you need to heal and live into your capacity and potential.  Coaches see you as being in the driver’s seat during sessions; you are in control of staying on the same path or venturing into new, undiscovered territory.  You establish goals during this process, and you take action on them in between sessions.


Typically, therapy will search for present-day meaning within the context of what has happened to you in the past.  The therapist is typically the expert within the relationship. Sessions with a therapist may or may not include action steps in between sessions.


Given your circumstances, both coaching and therapy might be of simultaneous benefit.  At other times working with a therapist first, and then coming to coaching, might be of greater benefit.  Your therapist and coach can help you make that determination.

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