“A Journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Chinese Proverb


What is Personal Coaching?
Personal coaching is a relationship between a client and coach that is based on the client’s expressed interests, goals, and objectives. Inquiry, reflection, and discussion with a personal coach allows for a partnership in healing that strengthens the identification of goals to be achieved and the development of strategies to be implemented toward reaching a desired experience. Together coach and client evolve a plan to suit the individual client’s needs according to his or her environment. The coach provides an unbiased, professional insight and teaches skills to empower the client.

How is Personal Coaching Applied?

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Nietzsche

Coaching can help you reach your goals by providing support, encouragement, and avenues to overcome obstacles. Like working with a play director, the relationship between personal coach and client is synergistic. The creativity of two minds working together in a noncritical, supportive way is incredibly effective for reaching optimal being.

At IMS, clients may enter into treatment seeking coaching to overcome anxiety, phobias, or to increase the overall quality of their health. Others come in without prior knowledge of personal coaching and find that it is an excellent modality in combination with others such as acupuncture, nutritional supplements, etc. Coaching can help you…

  • Improve relationships
  • Gain new perspectives
  • Effectively organize your environment
  • Resolve negative patterns
  • Improve your health
  • Teach you to break through feelings that hinder you from taking action on your goals
  • Help you get a clear vision of how you want your life to be
  • Have a deeper connection with your spirituality
  • Remind you of your strengths and gifts


…in the context of a powerful support system!

Your sessions will be customized to meet your needs. This means each session is unique and shaped to meet your needs at the time of interaction. The title of Gauguin’s most famous painting, “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” comes to mind when I think of the ways clients arrive at the big picture in personal coaching. A session aims to arrive at appropriate actions or steps that will move you toward a balance. Whether presenting complaints are psychological or physical in nature, the emotional intelligence and spiritual growth afforded by personal coaching heals while supplying you with tools for future prevention.


Psychoneuroimmunology: An Integrative Approach
Terminologies like psychoneuoimmunology are cropping up in medical texts to account for the multidimensional nature of sickness and health. The AMA (American Medical Association) now recognizes that up to 85% of disease is related to stress. Life is a continual journey through experience, and stress is a part of adapting to any change. Many people cope well with stress and remain healthy when confronting difficulties. What can be done when experiencing what’s called an “immune-suppression/dysfunction prone” pattern? Dr. Margo de Kooker’s lists these buffers against immune system depression and disease progression in her article “Psychoneuroimmunology: An Overview”:

  1. Awareness of your mind-body feedback
  2. Learning how to view life with a sense of commitment
  3. Managing control and challenge
  4. Developing strengths to fall back on in the wake of loss
  5. Capacity to confide traumas and feelings to yourself and others


As a field, psychoneuroimmunology reflects the growing consciousness of a need for eclectic therapies. In an integrative approach with personal coaching healthcare “becomes [in Dr. de Kooker’s words] an adventure into awareness and a constant revelation of the complexities of the human condition.”

“Whatever you can do
Or dream you can,
Begin it.
Boldness has genius,
Power, and magic in it.”
– Goethe


To learn more about how personal coaching may enrich your life and boost your health, please contact our office.

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