After practicing physical therapy for 40 years, I began to notice that the physical demands of clinical practice were taking a toll on my body, especially my hands. I began to explore ways to stay engaged in people’s lives and found the rapidly growing field of Health & Wellness Coaching. Not wanting to just “hang out a shingle,” I began the coursework to become a Certified Wellness Coach. Once this was completed, I went on to pursue the Master’s level of certification and, finally, achieved the National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) certification, our nation’s highest level of certification in the field.
What is Wellness Coaching?
Probably the best way to answer this question is to define “wellness.” “Wellness” is about how you handle your life—how you respond to the things you come into contact with in your day-to-day life. This includes your home, your family, finances, your diet, your exercise habits, your sleep…pretty much anything or anyone that touches your life and, how you respond to it or them, becomes a part of your wellness picture.
How does it work?
National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (myself included) use a technique called, “Motivational Interviewing.” Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a PERSON-CENTERED counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. By opening a person’s eyes to the possibilities before them, they can chart a course to a better, more balanced lifestyle.
The practice of physical therapy has been a huge part of my life for the last 41 years. Even though I no longer own or practice in a clinic, I am still available for physical therapy consultations and evaluations. If your knee or shoulder (or whatever it may be) is giving you trouble and you need help in figuring out what’s going on and how to handle it, I’m available to you. No prescription from a physician is necessary for this service. I can perform the evaluation or consultation and we can decide if it can be handled with a program of exercises you can do on your own. Or, if it’s a problem that needs further attention, a referral can be made to the provider of your choice. I will write up my examination and give you a copy to send or to carry to anyone whom you choose. Scheduling your visit is as easy as a phone call or by simply going to the bottom of this page and filling out the form. I will respond within 24 hours.
Does your company offer an employee wellness program? The statistics say it should. A well-run corporate wellness program is a win-win for the company and for your employees. Focusing on employee well-being leads to an engaged workforce. In a 2015 survey published by Quantum Workplace and wellness company, Limeade, respondents were found to be 38 percent more engaged and 18 percent more likely to go the extra mile when they felt their employers cared about their well-being. They were also 17 percent less likely to quit that year. The bottom line: When employees feel great, feel valued, are engaged and do their best work, the business wins. I will be happy to meet with you and customize a program tailored to meet your needs. Call me or you can simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page. I will get back to you within 24 hours and we can get started on the next steps you should take.
Navigating the maze of the health care system can be confusing and, frankly, a little scary. Especially if your provider can’t take all the time YOU need to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. More and more of your provider’s time is taken up by a computer screen, and sometimes you walk out of the office not knowing exactly what to do. By making Henslee Health & Wellness part of your health care team, your physician provides you with the opportunity to have all of your questions answered—without rushing through it—so you get the best care available. Call, or simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get a full menu of the services available to you and your health care provider.