I’ve finally decided to combine my masters degree in counseling with me passion for health and fitness. I have no idea which certificates would be best for me to get and in what order. I am not licensed as a professional therapist (need to complete my post-ggraduate supervision work) so I am also unsure of if it would be beneficial to focus more on a coaching relationship with clients and how much psychotherapy would actually be done.
Does anyone have experience with this or know someone that does that would be willing to chat with me?
While this may not be exactly what you want it is in the same direction and has been around for quite a while:
I think this is a wonderful combination and one I’m considering pursuing myself. I already work as a personal trainer and health coach, and am thinking about going back to school for a M.A. in Counseling. Look into getting Health Coach certification with ACE. There are a few other Wellness certifications as well, but it’s such a new field and I’m not sure how the other programs are. Perhaps think about targeting a specific type of clientele- for instance, maybe you wish to work with obese women, as there are often other psychological or trauma issues at play.
You may want to Google a few other professionals who are offering combined counseling and training- there are a few floating out there. Contact them and ask about their experience. The best way to learn is from people who are already doing it! Good luck!
Hi Sabrina. I agree with the others that the combination of counseling and training is a great combination. Honestly, most of us as trainers do a bit of ‘counseling’ or at least active listening with our clients as our relationship with them expands and they feel comfortable talking with us about ‘other lifestyle issues’ affecting their health and wellness. I would only caution that since, as you’ve said, you’re not a licensed psychotherapy professional yet, that you make it clear to your clients that you are NOT offering psychotherapy services. Very important from a legal and professional point of view!
I hope that this helps.