• Leigh Saner

Integrative Health Coaching FAQ

I have received a lot of questions about integrative health coaching and decided to create a list of the most frequently asked questions I get! If there is a question I didn’t answer that you would like to ask, or you would like further clarification, feel free to leave a comment or email me at leighsaner.coach@gmail.com!


1. What is integrative health coaching?

Integrative health coaching is the process in which coaches help clients make long-lasting behavior change to enhance their quality of life. It is based on a whole-person approach to health and wellness, focusing on what the client chooses as most important to them to address. Topics include personal and professional development, physical activity and nutrition, physical environment, stress management, mindful awareness, relationships and communication, spirituality and the mind-body connection.

2.What does it mean to be an integrative health coach?

An integrative health coach helps support and guide people through changes they want to make to live a healthier life. In the coaching partnership, clients create personal health plans that will help them sustain their desired behavior change(s).

Through the coaching process, I, as the coach, help clients reach goals, hold them accountable and assist with forming strategies to address any barriers or challenges that may come up along the way.

3. If you are a health coach, does that mean you are a nutritionist?

Like nutritionists, I help people create plans to enhance their quality of life, but where nutritionists are different than health coaches is the specific credentials and training that are unique to each profession. As an integrative health coach, I cannot create specific meal plans or give specific nutritional recommendations such as how many macronutrients to eat per day; it is outside of my scope of practice. I can, however, provide clients with basic nutrition principles, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking enough water and working through debunking food labels.

At Define YOU, if clients ask about specific nutritional changes they want to make or would like help with creating meal plans, I refer them to a nutritionist or dietician so they can receive that information.

3. Integrative Health coaching involves workouts, right?

Integrative health coaching is different from personal trainers or fitness instructors in that the training integrative health coaches receive does not give them the credentials to form workout plans and guide exercises; it is outside of their scope of practice.

However, at Define YOU, I do have my personal training certification along with my integrative health coaching certificate, therefore, if you want to work on establishing a workout routine, or would like personal training, I can help you include that into your personal health plan.

4. How exactly do you work with people?

The process of coaching is tailored to each individual person. Sessions can be face-to-face, over the phone, via FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. I typically like to work with people for at least 3 months, having 2 sessions a month, but I also offer a variety of coaching packages to meet different people’s needs. For all of my clients, I schedule a complimentary consultation to see if coaching is a good fit, and then schedule sessions after that session based on each individual client.

5. How much do you charge for integrative health coaching sessions?

I charge $100 for single sessions, $185 for my monthly coaching package and $549 for a 6-session (3-month) package. Each session lasts 45 minutes, with the exception of the first session, which typically lasts around 60 minutes because we go over coach/client expectations, scheduling, payment options and client agreement forms.

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