I'm pre-diabetic - can lifestyle changes reduce my risk of becoming a diabetic?
Absolutely, your pre-diabetic diagnosis is a wake up for you to have a look at your lifestyle. Through changes to your lifestyle such as diet, physical activity and stress management, your risks of becoming a full blown diabetic will be greatly reduced.
My family has a history of heart disease, would lifestyle changes make any difference?
Although genetics does play a part in terms of health risks, it is not the determining factor that we once believed. Lifestyle changes can make a significant difference in terms of reducing heart disease risks.
I've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and want to improve my health, can you help?
Yes, Peter specialises in metabolic conditions such as diabetes and he has developed a successful programme around people just like you.
What is a health coach?
A health coach is not a medically trained professional, however the use of a health coach has now been well recognised as improving health outcomes. Their primary role is to help the individual improve healthy lifestyle habits. Health coaching uses a wide variety of tools to achieve this, such as goal setting, motivation interviewing and accountability logging.
What does a mental and physical health coach do?
As a mental and physical health coach I apply an holistic coaching approach to common life and health challenges. Clients have come to me for a variety of reasons including:
Improve sports performance
Chronic health management
Relationship conflicts (work or family)
Finding a purpose
Managing life changes either personal or career
Leading a healthier lifestyle
I principally use a solution focused approach to my coaching but I also will use a number of other approaches depending on the individual circumstances. Being solution focused means that the root of the problem is not overanalysed, instead goals are designed around your own strengths, experience and environment advantages. I have found that such an approach is successful because it enables goals to be quickly implemented thereby overcoming any inertia.
What is a typical coaching session like?
Typical sessions are 45 minutes to 1 hour long. Before your first session you will be sent a simple questionnaire which you will complete, this is to help stimulate your thinking so that we can quickly progress. The session is very much led by you in that it is your wishes and your intended road of travel that determine the line of enquiry. During the session you will have the opportunity to take notes throughout which can be helpful. Approximately three quarters of the way through the session we will typically take a five minute ‘thinking break’. This short break will provide you with the opportunity to note down and evaluate the lines of enquiry. Post ‘thinking break’ we will then summarise what has been discussed and evaluate any action plan that you have devised.
What sort of clients do you work with?
I work with a wide variety of clients that come to me with a variety of needs. Many initially come to me due to health related conditions, but once we begin to talk more about their particular needs we tend to discover that their condition is as a consequence of an overall life imbalance or need. When we then tackle this, the resolution of their initial complaint tends to reduce significantly.
If we think of ourselves as a ‘whole’, therefore someone that is made up of an interdependent system-of-systems, then it is quite easy to understand why imbalance in one area impacts another. This is why problems get resolved through what initially seem unrelated or indirect means. As a body/mind-mind/body the resolution of issues therefore requires an integrative approach. A simple example of this in action is a client with painful joints. Through investigation we discover that they’re work environment is dry, poorly ventilated and they drink a lot of coffee. As a consequence they are in a severely dehydrated state most of the time, this then has a concomitant effect on joint hydration. Which increases compression force at the joint and therefore pain and joint stiffness. Another example is a client who is stressed, due to a work/life imbalance. Through talking the client is able to put together a strategy for change which they successfully implement. Once this has been resolved the client then also notices that a skin complaint that they have been suffering from also resolves without any direct treatment.
What are your credentials?
I am a Solution Focused Therapist and Practitioner, Clinical Manual Therapist (specialism in pain management) and Exercise Therapist (specialism in chronic health). My background was initially in performance sports coaching, before migrating my skills into mental and physical health coaching.
During my almost 30 years of coaching I have amassed in excess of 50,000 coaching hours and have worked with hundreds of clients. My coaching approach is centred around a solution based client centered approach.
He also holds a specialist certification in diabetes, obesity, health for special populations, exercise therapy, nutrition, performance coaching, ageing, and stress management with mindfulness meditation.
Do you offer online coaching?
Yes, once you’ve booked your coaching session I will then send you an online link.
How much does it cost?
As a consequence of the pandemic I am currently offering my services at no-fixed-pricing. This means that how much you pay is determined entirely by yourself and your ability to pay.
I also donate 5% of all my income to the Samaritans charity to help support them with the great work that they do. To pay for your session simply click the donate button on the booking page.