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THE REASON I WORK IN STRUCTURED HEALTH CARE  PROGRAMMES

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THE REASON I WORK IN STRUCTURED HEALTH CARE PROGRAMMES

Aisling FitzGibbon

I used to do one off Health Care plans for people. Having taken a detailed case history and spent time making out a nutritional plan, off went my clients with the knowledge to get well. Job done, or so I thought, until I realised that unless my clients returned I had absolutely no idea if they implemented the plan or not. All these nutritional plans were flying through cyberspace and I was unaware of the final outcome. No feedback made me feel like I wasn’t doing my job right. What I learned very quickly in my practice is that there was a big difference in giving someone a Health care programme, expecting them to figure it out for themselves and in supporting them as they learned how to implement it.  

Welcome to the new Health Care Model

From experience, I know that health coaching works. In the same way that nobody can expect to get a six pack from one visit to the gym, it's difficult to expect change from a one- off Health Care plan. Yes, there can be some benefit from a single session but long term sustainable change takes at least three months to achieve. This is because change is a multifaceted process. For example, some people need emotional support before they can even begin to implement any biochemical changes. Others like to dive in and do the biochemical work first and then find they have the energy and motivation to clear stuck emotions and outdated mindsets. There are clients who like to delve deeper beyond the physical and emotional to discover their soul’s path before they become energised, happy and fulfilled.

As a Therapist, my role is to hold the space for each client, allowing them to approach their healing from where they are at while acting as a bridge taking them from where they are to where they want to be. Eventually they are taught to become their own expert, their own healer, their own authority by learning to implement the knowledge that I share in our weekly sessions.

It takes education and time to make the shift away from the current medical paradigm into the new Health Care Model that requires self -responsibility, understanding of one’s own energetic system and learning about what works for you. For too long we have given our authority away to the medical system. We have expected others to heal us from our symptoms, not realising that symptoms are our body’s messengers, telling us when something's wrong. The new Health Care Model sees all our energy bodies as interconnected- our physical, our emotional, our mental and our spiritual bodies. You cannot heal one level without experiencing shifts in another.

When a client signs up for us to work together it is a commitment to themselves and to their healing. I offer 1:1 online sessions lasting 90 minutes. Taking a detailed case history gives me valuable insights that I use to inform my treatment plans. Over the coming weeks, I use the time to review where clients are at and what has emerged for them since the last session. I monitor how they are responding to the biomedical changes we have implemented and make adjustments where necessary. 

I use my Occupational Therapy skills to help break down goals into manageable and actionable steps. This helps to greatly reduce the overwhelm all of us can experience when changes are needed and actions are required to be taken. Slow and steady wins the race as it takes time to implement new habits and to create the neural pathways to embody new information.

Most attempts at change don’t work, not because people don’t make progress but because they are unable to keep that progress going. It is my job to make each client accountable and motivated to keep them on track for each week of their programme. Unless people are accountable there will always be an excuse not to change. Sometimes people resist change as it makes them feel afraid and uncomfortable. Some people want to change but can unwittingly sabotage their efforts just when they are ready to make a leap forward so we explore what exactly is holding them back from achieving their goals. 

Change is rarely a single event as it happens over time- likewise it may not happen linearly as clients can move back and forth until the change becomes fully established.  There is no one size fits all formula. We look at energy from all angles making sure that the physical changes are in line with lifestyle changes and with the people in our lives. There is no point in just addressing our physical energy if it's leaking out to other people who don’t respect our boundaries.

Vitamin J forms the backdrop of my healing approach. I'm aware that we need to build up stores of joy in our lives, be it from learning to appreciate and find joy in what we already have in our lives to finding it through other avenues. When we learn anything from a place of joy we seek from a place of fullness rather than lack. By connecting to the vibration of joy our attitudes transform and pave the way to solutions.

Working in structured Health Care Programmes with people has made the world of a difference to my professional work as I can experience the successes of people on their healing journey and share eureka moments and game changing energetic shifts. Showing people how to implement their programme has revolutionised my practice and enabled me to deliver a more efficient and worthwhile service. I was once naïve enough to think that a one-off session could change someone’s health. Now I know that healing is a process that needs to be carefully monitored and adjusted according to healing reactions and to where each client is at.

The new Health Care Model is multidimensional in all aspects and requires education and time to fully embrace it. When I start each new journey with a client I have no idea where it will take us. I am always surprised what lies beneath the societal layers, the familial conditioning and the presenting health picture. Underneath it all is utter perfection that reveals itself as we proceed. I am forever humbled by my work and I am delighted to be able to support the transformation of each new client as they learn to embrace their new template. 

If you are interested in working with me anytime soon, then fill in my clarity call application form and we can take it from there.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=The+effects+of+health+coaching+on+adult+patients+with+chronic+diseases:+a+systematic+review