Training Successful Health Coaches
The CNM Health Coach Training is designed to meet the increasing demand from clients and health professionals. CNM Health Coaches are trained in nutrition and health, fitness and exercise, how the body works, coaching, marketing and business promotion.
Surveys have shown that 80% of our graduates are practising.
At CNM we believe that good knowledge comes from practice. The CNM Health Coach Diploma has been designed to include many practice sessions in addition to the informative lectures.
Students have the opportunity throughout the course to apply their knowledge in real-world practice scenarios. Combined with thorough business marketing training, CNM Health Coaches have all of the skills, knowledge and tools required to start a thriving health coaching business.
Health Coach Training Course
A Doctor’s Viewpoint on Health Coaching
“It would be amazing to have a Health Coach in every doctor’s office”
BSc, MBChB, MRCGP, DFSRH, CNM Dip NT
I grew a bit frustrated with conventional medicine because I felt like I was just giving out pills all the time and things weren’t necessarily getting much better for many patients
“I grew a bit frustrated with conventional medicine because I felt like I was just giving out pills all the time and things weren’t necessarily getting much better for many patients”.
I’m an NHS GP so there’s not a huge amount of time to spend with patients, but I do try wherever I can to bring in nutrition and lifestyle. Especially with chronic lifestyle-related diseases like high cholesterol, where it would be easy to prescribe something.
I always try to get my patients to make a lifestyle change first, be that nutrition or exercise. The issue is that my time is so limited. Some patients really want advice on nutrition and lifestyle and don’t want the pills. But it’s hard because I can’t sit down and spend an hour with them and get every detail of their health history. Because there’s this time pressure, often the easiest thing to do is prescribe the medicine. If we were able to spend more time with someone or refer them to someone that could do that, then we might not even need the medicine.
I think there’s a need for Health Coaches to work alongside doctors. It would be amazing to have a Health Coach in every doctor’s office! For patients to have on-going support and for us as doctors to have this support would be brilliant. A Health Coach would just be amazing to get them to the level that they need to be with their nutrition and lifestyle. We can send them away with our recommendations, but then it’s up to them if they do it or not. And that’s really hard. It’s really difficult just to be sent away and expected to get on with it, when you really don’t know what you’re doing. So support on implementation would be great.
It would be really nice to have an integrative approach to patient care. Obviously the NHS has budget considerations but the strategy sometimes feels a bit short-term. I think if we were to spend the money now on addressing patients’ nutrition and lifestyle, we’d save it down the line! I think there’s a big thing in medicine that it’s “either or” and it doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to have one or the other. We can work together.”
“The ideal healthcare system would be a truly holistic one”
MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, DRCOG
I qualified as a doctor almost 10 years ago. During this time it has become apparent that society, at large, has a preference for ‘the quick fix option’. Modern medicine is traditionally a disease-focused model – highly effective treatments allow people to live with their diseases, sometimes without needing to address the underlying causes for disease manifestation at all.
“I qualified as a doctor almost 10 years ago. During this time it has become apparent that society, at large, has a preference for ‘the quick fix option’. Modern medicine is traditionally a disease-focused model – highly effective treatments allow people to live with their diseases, sometimes without needing to address the underlying causes for disease manifestation at all.
Often, medical consultations aren’t long enough for these complex reasons and issues to be addressed. Even if the causes are identified, not all doctors have the appointed time nor expertise, to focus on these, along with their ongoing medical management too.
I am studying Health and Life Coaching to be able to guide people to realise that their lifestyle and food choices are having a huge impact on their health. I hope to use these coaching tools to explore people’s motivating factors, and any barriers they might have, whilst also supporting them to implement these important changes, to make improvement to their health.The ideal Healthcare system would be a truly holistic one – incorporating the expertise of Allopathic Doctors and Health Coaches, together with Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine Practitioners, to provide therapies beyond medications alone. This integrative approach to patient care, would not only take the burden off traditional healthcare systems and individual practitioners, but would also ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and clients.
Over the last few years there has been a real movement of doctors recognising the importance of Lifestyle, Nutritional and Preventative Medicine, with many undergoing further training in these fields. There is a growing and collective belief that integrating all of these modalities of Medicine, Health and Wellness, is the future of holistic medicine.”
“There is definitely a need for Health Coaches to work alongside Doctors”
MBBS BSc (neuroscience) FSRH DRCOG MRCGP
To see health coaching in the day to day GP work would positively impact so many patients. Using health coaching as part of a doctor’s care would reach far and wide and work well in conjunction with the services that conventional medicine has to offer.
“I feel that often patients are frustrated that the GP is not able to do more to aid their overall wellbeing. Health coaching would empower patients/clients to understand ways in which more can be done to help and how clients can help themselves by implementing certain lifestyle changes.
The NHS is doing the best it can with what it has. The whole team works incredibly hard and, in my experience, always has the patients’ best interest at heart. Limited resources mean that there is a limit to the services that can be provided.
By integrating and increasing access to health coaching and nutrition the clients can be prompted to lead and empower their own health and wellbeing. In the long term this would be an all-round win; helping to reduce the overall strain on the NHS with a reduction in chronic health conditions and mental health concerns. There is definitely a need for Health Coaches to work alongside Doctors.
By working together all-round holistic care can be provided. The patients/clients will be able to understand their health needs from several viewpoints and create a path that suits their individual condition, lifestyle and personal needs. It may also identify ways in which patients are unknowingly making conditions worse and offer ways in which the patients can really help themselves.”
Health Coach Overview
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Health Coach Graduate: Izzy Walton
Location and Directions
CNM Health Coach, 25 Percy Circus, London WC1X 9EU
The College of Naturopathic Medicine is located in Central London, with great Tube & train transportation links:
St Pancras Station: 10 mins on foot.
Kings Cross: 10 mins on foot.
Euston: 10 mins via tube.
Farringdon: 15 mins via tube.