MARY BETH HELGENS
12/13/18

About Coaching  
 
 
 
Mary Beth Helgens
Phone: (319) 573-1330
Email: mbhelgens@thewellwoman.org

What is Wellness Coaching?

Professional coaches have long been recognized for their skills in helping athletes and executives perform at their best. Now professional wellness coaches are helping people reach their best health and well-being.

Wellness coaches are trained to help clients develop and implement personal wellness plans by:

  • accepting and meeting us where we are today
  • asking us to take charge
  • guiding us in doing the mindful thinking and doing work that builds confidence
  • helping us define a higher purpose for wellness and uncover our natural impulse to be well
  • helping us tap into our innate fighting spirit
  • addressing mental and physical health together
  • helping us draw a personal wellness blueprint
  • helping us set realistic goals; small victories lay the foundation for self-efficacy
  • harnessing the strengths we need to overcome our obstacles
  • helping us view obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow
  • helping us build a support team

Wellness coaches are practitioners and life-long students of coaching psychology, a field focused on the scientific study of happiness and well-being.

Great coaches have several skills you will notice early. They are great listeners and enjoy your stories. They foster self-acceptance and self-respect. They arouse, engage, energize, and challenge you to reach higher at the right moment. They have a bird dog's ability to sniff out your strengths, values, and desires. They are playful when appropriate. They take risks and ask courageous questions. They don't rescue you from emotional muck - sometimes you need to sit in it for a bit to energize your desire to change. They know that your life is at stake if you don't take care of yourself. And they know how to celebrate your successes.

The process of wellness coaching progresses through several stages:

  1. You provide background information through various assessments, so that you and your coach are well-informed on the key issues, including medical considerations, as appropriate
  2. During the first 60-90 minute coaching session, you identify your priorities and develop a personal wellness plan including a vision, three month goals and the first steps.
  3. In subsequent 30-40 minute coaching sessions, each week, month, or quarter, you and your coach review the progress toward your vision and goals, explore and resolve the most pressing issues, learn something new, and then agree on a set of goals for the following week. You will enjoy plenty of ah-hah insights along the way.

Mary Beth Helgens describes herself as, "A Coach with Spirit!"

She is a Wellness Coach who uses her faith as a springboard to abundant and joyful living. Mary Beth`s passion is partnering with men and women as they journey toward abundant health, vitality and abundant living. She believes that taking care of the miraculous body you have been blessed with is a privilege and a responsibility.

Developing daily rhythms and habits that help you function at your optimal ability is a great daily goal! Living a life filled with gratitude, looking for ways to grow, sharing your God given gifts and having lots of FUN along the way is definitely living an abundant life.

It's a balancing act...learning to love and appreciate yourself as you are, while at the same time striving to become all that you can be.

Life is short...Live your BEST life! Balance...Empowers...Strong...Transformation

Get in touch with Mary Beth today to start on your journey toward abundant health!

 

Mary Beth's background:

Mary Beth has a diverse background in various training programs and is highly educated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, from University of Northern Colorado,1978 and a Masters degree in Ministry from Creighton University in Omaha, NE,1984. Thesis: "Implementing a Wellness Program on a Christian College Campus."

 

Testimonials about coaching with Mary Beth:

"I've been overweight for years. I've been meaning to do something about it all that time. I never quite got going until you coached me. Your encouragement and excellent direction to a wonderful approach to weight loss...and your empowering support made it easy for me to make good choices. Thanks!"                               Paul (age 50) lost 35 lbs.

 

"I don't think I ever would have made it without the wellness coaching. You have to be ready to do it and have the mindset, and that's what Mary Beth really helped me with. A lot of weight loss is in your head, and when you have the right wellness coach, it makes it even easier."
Jan (age 63) Lost 50 lbs. and cholesterol dropped 64 points

 

"I'd done other diets and I was successful for about three weeks. Then, on the fourth week, I'd fall off the wagon. I knew it was because of how I was thinkng about it. I needed someone to help me through the thinking process. I used to think it was something I had to do perfectly, but it's more about patience and persistence. Thanks to wellness coaching, now I celebrate my successes."
Gail (age 46) lost 22lbs    

             

"I first started going to Mary Beth the first time she started coaching at our company.  It first started out with helping me look at exercising more and eating better.  However, it became so much more than that.  I cannot explain the respect and appreciation I have for her.  She has helped me by seeing things and life differently and taking small steps toward becoming a "better me".  She has helped me in so many more ways than fitness or eating right could ever do.  She is so much more than a "fitness" coach, she is truly a LIFE COACH.  It is also by helping me emotionally and spiritually that I've began seeing me become that better person – both at home and at work.  I was in such a better "spot" when we were able to get together, words cannot explain how or why.  I'm very excited about having her back and very much look forward to meeting with her again. Thanks for the opportunity!"                
Joan  (Age 52)
 
"A person can not walk away from Mary Beth and not have their mood and outlook change for the better.  She has an infectious uplifting personality that warms the heart!  You can confide your biggest fears, frustrations, worries, etc. in her and have the confidence to know that it goes no further.  Mary Beth can assist you with pin pointing areas in your life that you wish to improve and she will help you get to where you want to be by offering her own suggestions but more so by utilizing YOUR suggestions. And all along the way, Mary Beth will be an accountability person for you and your efforts, offering positive encouragement always along the way."                                                           
Mark ( Age 57)
 
"If you are not already doing so, I highly recommend that you utilize the services of Mary Beth Helgens. You will definitely benefit from seeing her."                                                                                
Gary  (Age 62)
 
"A time to focus on ME – get compassionate and honest feedback, advice, etc.  Mary Beth has helped ME become the BEST me! :)  LOVE HER!"                                              
Janet (Age 38)
 
"Mary Beth’s compassionate, (yet straightforward) approach, coupled with a positive attitude and a passion to help others achieve their goals is a perfect combination.  She will celebrate your successes with you and motivate you to keep going.  Whether your goal is to lower your stress, exercise more, or get your finances in order, she can help you to put YOURSELF in charge of making better decisions, and offer realistic strategies to help you reach your goal. As a nation, we are bombarded with data regarding proper nutrition, exercise and other health related issues.  Mary Beth is a knowledgeable resource that you can utilize to make sense of all of this information."                                   
 Cheryl  (Age 29)
 
"The idea of coaching is still sinking in.  But doesn’t it make sense to be very intentional about setting a course for improvement? And then work with someone to become your best you.  It is my journey, but I can see that a guide (Mary Beth) can certainly enhance the trip!"                                                          
Jack   (Age 66)
 
 
"To me there are two very important benefits of coaching. The first is having a completely independent perspective on an issue whether it is work related or on a personal level, and having that independent perspective helps keep me centered. The second benefit is being accountable to someone for your fitness and health related goals. It’s easy to convince yourself you are too tired or something else was more important than meeting your goal. It’s not so easy when you are accountable to someone other than yourself."
Dan (Age 68)   
 
 
"I have found a coach is an unbiased confidential listener that you can use to discuss ideas, fears and concerns with. The coach will listen and then help you sift through the different possibilities and solutions so that you can pick what is right for you in any given situation."
Sarah  (Age 33)

                                    

 

Presentation Topics:                                                              

  • ABC’s of Empowered Living
  • Having an Attitude of Gratitude
  • Balancing Work and Family
  • Coping with Stress
  • You may ask, “Why Exercise?”
  • Taking Stock to Get Unstuck
  • Getting the Gumption to Chase Big Dreams
  • Designing your BEST Life
  • Renew your Commitment to Better Health
  • The Healing Power of Laughter
  • Humor in the Workplace
  • Time Management: “Managing time...so time doesn’t manage you.”
  • Work and Family…it’s a Balancing Act!
  • Workplace Spirituality

 

Lifelong Health Series: 8 Weeks to Wellness

  1. Developing a Healthy Lifestyle
  2. Becoming more Physically Active
  3. Choosing Healthy Fats
  4. Choosing Healthy Carbohydrates 
  5. Achieving/Maintaining a Healthy weight
  6. Enhancing the Mind-Body Connection
  7. Coping with Stress
  8. Preventive Health Checks

Mary Beth's Resume

 

2013-2014  Corporate Wellness Coach at Benchmark, Inc.

2010-2013  Co-Owner of Sisters Health Club, in Cedar Rapids, IA. with daughter, Kylie. The club had between 250-300 women who were club members and/or participated in classes. Sold the club to pursue passion of a coaching practice.

2005-2010  Mercy Medical Center

  • Corporate Wellness Coach and Corporate Outreach Services
  • Implemented Corporate Bio-Metric testing and assessments and follow up health counseling
  • Education and lecture series presenter.

1998-2004  Middle & High School Religious Educator

2003-2004 Youth Minister at All Saints Parish

1996-1997 Contract Position, Mercy Medical Center. Facilitated  series for employees entitled, "Renew your Spirit-Stay Healthy."

1984-1992 Mercy Medical Center

  • Taught weight management program, The Leaner Weigh
  • Speakers Bureau presenter on nemerous health and wellness topics
  • 8 week workshop presenter, "8 weeks to Wellness" and "8 Weeks to Weight Management" 
  •  Exercise Instuctor.

1982-1984  University Chaplain, Creighton University

  • Residence Hall Chaplain
  • Director of Community Services
  • University Wellness Director

1984-2013 Volunteer Experience: Church

  • High School Religious education teacher (14 years).
  • Renew Group leader ( 25 years).
  • MOMS: Ministry of Mothers Sharing (5 years).
  • Marriage preparation for engaged couples (2 years).
  • Befriender: Visits hospitalized and home bound (3 years).
  • Lector and Eucharistic Minister (29 years)

1984-2013 Volunteer Experience: Community

  • American Cancer Society Board Member (5 years)
  • Hospice trained: Bereavement Follow-up.
  • ACS Committee Member: responsibilities include marketing, promoting and executing major fundraising gala (20 years).

 

Three Month Program Includes:

  • Well-being assessment  
  • Initial 60-90 minute wellness coaching planning session 
  • 8 coaching sessions (30-45 minute sessions)  
  • Investment: $500.00  (Value $695)

Ala Carte: 

  • $100 Well-being assessment
  • $75.00 for an annual 60-90-minute wellness planning session
  • $65.00 for 30-40 minute sessions (weekly, biweekly, monthly, or quarterly.)

Speaking Engagements:

Price to be determined per request