More Frequently Asked Questions


What's the Difference Between Coaching & Teaching?

Health & Wellness coaches aim to empower their clients.  From research on motivation, it is known that the more active role you play in your own change process, the more successful you will be in moving forward with your goals and aspirations.  Given how motivation works, health & wellness coaches will offer information and education sparingly, offering it to you if they feel it necessary or beneficial for your situation. You have the opportunity to accept or decline this offer.  Most often, coaches will encourage you to find the resources you need to make the best decisions for yourself. This is placing you in control of your coaching experience and allows you to find your own path within the experience.


On the other hand, teaching typically involves imparting or handing over information that the teacher feels important or useful.  In this case, the teacher is the expert and the student learns from the teacher. For the most part, the information is not tailored to the individual student, but rather a general audience.  Moreover, the information may or may not be deemed useful by the individual.


What is the Difference Between “Health” and “Wellbeing”?

The World Health Organization in 1948 defined Health as “... a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”. (Retrieved from:  That definition of health remains accepted as the working official definition in healthcare settings.  


The University of Minnesota, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing defines Wellbeing as “a state of balance or alignment in body, mind, and spirit.  In this state, we feel content, connected to purpose, people, and community; peaceful and energized; resilient and safe.  In short we are flourishing.” (Retrieved from:


The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health which is part of NIH describes the differences between all three descriptors in the following way:

“Wellness has several dimensions, including emotional wellbeing (coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships) and physical wellbeing (recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep)” ( 2018).


How Many Sessions Will I Need with a Health & Wellness Coach?

This is a discussion between you and your individual coach. Decisions are made based on your personal needs and desires.


What’s the difference between Health & Wellness Coaching and other types of coaching?

Health & Wellness coaching is multi-dimensional and focuses on lasting changes that affect an individual’s overall health & wellbeing.  Health & Wellness coaching helps you identify which aspects for you to choose in designing your cairn. Health & Wellness coaching looks at the whole individual.  So, in a sense, it is whole-health or whole-person coaching. Partnering with a Health & Wellness Collaborative coach then assists you in deciding how to keep your cairn aspects in balance.  You might choose to focus on one or several aspects of your health & wellbeing at a time, knowing that the balance of each aspect affects the whole. As seen in the cairn model, change in the physical body can be a result of changes in other aspects of life.  The goal is to attend to, and be in balance with, all aspects of life. It all matters.


Other types of coaching include life, physical performance, executive, career, and business coaching.  These types typically tend to be specialized or focused on specific approaches. Health & Wellness coaching encompasses the other types.


What is the Difference Between Curing and Healing?

A cure relates to medical modalities applied to a person in order for them to effectively deal with a diagnosis.  In many situations, these medical interventions are needed and can be quite effective. Example: You seek out medications or procedures to stop an infection.  When you are seeking a “cure/fix”, you seek out an expert which might take the form of a physician or therapist. They can be very helpful in a cure situation.

Healing involves the whole individual.  It begins to happen when you are aware of your whole self and strengthen the components of your own personal cairn, thereby placing it in balance. Healing can happen without curing and vice versa.