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WNY LIFE COACHING Center.

Power from Within

Health & Wellness Coaching

What do health & wellness coaches do?

Health & wellness coaches partner with clients seeking to enhance their well-being through self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values. In the course of their work, health & wellness coaches display an unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, honoring the fact that each client is an expert on their own life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.- NBHWC


What is Health & Well-being 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:


  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

About Coach Shawn

Shawn Marie Cichowski is a highly skilled professional coach with over 15,000 hours of coaching experience.  She holds a Bachelors of Art Degree in Psychology & Sociology from St. Bonaventure University. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Life Coach, Mental Health First Aider and Certified in Lifestyle Medicine. Additionally, Shawn is a Meditation/Mindfulness Instructor certified by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. She is a registered dual Reiki Master through the International Center for Reiki (ICRT).


Shawn has extensive experience as a Corporate Health & Wellness Coach and as a national provider for clinical behavioral coaching. She is a well-being educator/trainer. She offers community education classes/programs. Shawn is a long standing service provider for the Niagara County Department  of Health offering mindfulness and well-being coaching/training within addiction and substance abuse recovery centers. 

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