About Coaching  
Carolyn Powers

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.

Is this your life? 


    •    Spent years building career, family or both!

    •    Stressed, tired, our maybe just blah, wondering if there's more, just not the person you want to be

    •    Made some stabs at getting in better shape, but hard to make it stick, then feel guilty! Or don't want to cut into family time…

    •    Overwhelmed by information, not sure where to start. Plus you're so busy. Maybe waiting for X to happen then for sure you'll invest in yourself.


Whatever your goals are,  I can help you create the life of your dreams. I've been extremely passionate about health and fitness for the last 10 years, having attained just about every certification out there. My forte is helping people like you get really clear about what you're trying to achieve, understand the science and psychology behind fitness, and customize goals that fit into your unique life. I'm highly supportive and extremely pragmatic, because I know that the only program that works is one you will enjoy sticking with for the long term. .  


Degrees and certifications

Licensed Wellcoach®   2014

Fitness nutrition speciality certification ACE 2014

Weight management specialty certification ACE 2014

Certified Health Coach ACE 2013

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist NSCA 2011

Certified Personal Trainer NSCA 2011

Certified Sports nutritionist CISSN 2010

B.S. Nutritional Sciences 1987 University of Wisconsin-Madison