Hello May, Hello Health Coaching

Hello May, Hello Health Coaching

It is hard to believe that we are now in May and summer is just around the corner. Spring is always a wonderful time to begin something new, to nourish it and let it grow. At Primrose we are always looking for ways to grow and offer more services to reach as many people as we can. The holistic approach that Primrose takes to Psychotherapy has helped many people in a way that other modalities may have not worked for people. We are proud of the holistic approach we take and the services we are offering. We are now excited to share with you that we are adding Health Coaching to our list of Services.

Today, so many people are dealing with chronic stress and anxiety in so many areas of their lives. These chronic conditions have an enormous impact on health and wellbeing. People are looking for help and support to help them on their wellness journey. People are increasingly turning toward holistic health coaches and psychotherapists. Health Coaches and Psychotherapists offer distinct yet complementary approaches to mental and physical wellness. But what exactly defines a holistic health coach, and how does their role differ from that of a psychotherapist?

We want to help you understand the difference. It is important to understand the fundamental principles underlying both practices. Let us begin by unraveling the essence of a holistic health coach.

Understanding the Holistic Health Coach:

At its core, holistic health coaching encompasses a comprehensive approach to well-being, focusing on the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Unlike traditional healthcare models that often treat symptoms in isolation, holistic health coaching adopts a holistic perspective, recognizing that optimal health arises from harmony among various aspects of an individual's life.

Holistic health coaches serve as guides and mentors, empowering clients to embark on a journey of self-discovery, transformation, and wellness. Their approach integrates various modalities, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, mindfulness, and lifestyle modifications, tailored to the unique needs and goals of each client.

Holistic health coaching is not just about addressing physical ailments or mental health issues; it is about fostering holistic wellness and helping individuals thrive in every aspect of their lives. Through personalized support, education, and accountability, holistic health coaches empower clients to make sustainable lifestyle changes that promote vitality and resilience.

Differentiating Holistic Health Coaching from Psychotherapy:

While both holistic health coaching and psychotherapy share a common goal of enhancing well-being, they operate within distinct frameworks and serve different purposes.

1. Focus and Scope:

Holistic health coaching primarily focuses on proactive strategies for optimizing health and wellness. It emphasizes preventive measures, lifestyle modifications, and holistic interventions to enhance overall well-being. Coaches collaborate with clients to set goals, develop action plans, and cultivate habits that promote vitality and balance.

In contrast, psychotherapy typically addresses mental health concerns, emotional issues, and behavioral patterns rooted in past experiences or traumas. Psychotherapists employ various therapeutic techniques to explore deep-seated emotions, facilitate healing, and promote psychological growth. The scope of psychotherapy often extends to diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or substance abuse.

2. Time Orientation:

Holistic health coaching tends to have a future-oriented perspective, focusing on the present moment and empowering clients to create a vision for their ideal future. Coaches help clients identify their values, clarify their priorities, and take actionable steps towards achieving their wellness goals. The emphasis is on personal growth, self-awareness, and cultivating a positive mindset to navigate life's challenges effectively.

Conversely, psychotherapy often delves into the past to understand how past experiences and subconscious patterns influence current thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Therapists work with clients to process unresolved issues, heal emotional wounds, and develop coping mechanisms to manage symptoms of mental illness or distress.

3. Approach and Techniques:

Holistic health coaching employs a diverse range of holistic modalities and coaching techniques, such as motivational interviewing, goal setting, mindfulness practices, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle assessments. Coaches facilitate behavior change by fostering self-discovery, encouraging self-care practices, and promoting accountability through regular check-ins and support.

In contrast, psychotherapy draws upon various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and interpersonal therapy. Therapists tailor their approach to suit the unique needs and preferences of each client, employing techniques to explore emotions, challenge negative thought patterns, and promote insight and self-awareness.

Dr. Simmons has her doctorate in Health Psychology. This is a degree that gives her the perfect opportunity to provide both psychotherapy and health coaching depending on what a client is looking for. At Primrose she has designed a holistic psychotherapy practice that included nutritional counseling, mindfulness, mediations, body work and energy work. She has found that not everyone is interested in psychotherapy. Some clients want to stay extremely focused in the moment and deal with their own wellbeing. These clients may need to focus on goal setting and need a coach to be there as a mentor, a guide and educator and someone who can keep them accountable. 

The Wellness Wheel

At Primrose, when we define health and wellness, we define it by using the wellness wheel. There are many types of health as demonstrated by the wellness wheel. In order for a person to be in balance all of the areas of health need to be addressed.  Having balance in each of these areas is crucial for our wellbeing. The reality, however, is that none of us are perfect and we do become out of balance, that just happens with living. 


Holistic health coaching and psychotherapy represent two distinct yet complementary approaches to promoting holistic well-being. While holistic health coaching focuses on proactive strategies for optimizing health and wellness, psychotherapy delves into the realm of mental health, emotional healing, and psychological growth.

By understanding the unique roles and strengths of each approach, individuals can make informed choices about the type of support that best aligns with their needs and goals. Whether embarking on a journey of self-discovery with a holistic health coach or seeking therapeutic support from a psychotherapist, the path to holistic well-being begins with a commitment to self-care, growth, and transformation.

Not sure what you are looking for? Give us a call and let us explore your needs and look at the options. We are honored to be able to offer Health Coaching as one of our Services. As we nourish this program and watch it grow, we encourage you to decide what seed you want to plant for yourself. What is something new you would like to try? Let us help you on your wellness journey.

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