Grow a healthier you!
If you were a tree, your lifestyle habits would be your roots. They’re at the foundation of your well being. Lifestyle includes how you eat, move your body, manage stress, sleep, and more. Many of us know what to do but have difficulty turning knowledge into action, and then maintaining those actions. There are obstacles, pitfalls . . . life gets in the way! Wellness coaching can help free you from unproductive patterns so you can finally make solid, sustainable progress to reach your health goals.
Through a series of one-on-one conversations, you’ll discover and implement the lifestyle that best suits YOU, with your unique needs and circumstances. I help keep you accountable to yourself and guide you successfully through the rocky parts. You get to be creative and flex your transformation muscles. Best of all, you come away with indispensable skills that you can use to maintain your optimal health for years to come.
Are we a good fit?
I’ve been in the healing arts for over 30 years. In my 20’s I studied mind-body medicine and psychoneuroimmunology. One day, I was in a room of 100 people listening to a lecture by the scientist, Fritjof Capra. I began to experience something extraordinary: I felt that I belonged in the universe, and I was completely at peace with myself and others. And no, I wasn’t doing drugs. My perspective just spontaneously shifted. And with that, I left New York City to study at Esalen Institute in California. I became a massage practitioner there. And then I went on to become an acupuncturist and chinese medical herbalist. Continue reading…
There are so many things you did for me, Marian. You led me to have a positive outlook. I didn’t have that before we started the coaching sessions. (I am a positive person, but my idea of how I was eating was negative.) Also, you led me to realize that I have self-confidence hidden under massive problems with overeating. Thank you for this! Before we started I did not have a lot of hope that I could lose weight and keep it off. Today I am able to effortlessly plan my meals and eat healthy food without feeling like I’m deprived. Thank you!!! You are a wonderful coach! Hopefully many other people benefit from what you do. It truly changed my life!
~ Elizabeth S.
It was really fun working with Marian as a coach. She helped me brainstorm and find solutions to progress quickly towards my goals. I found comfort in sharing my most vulnerable moments. Working with Marian allowed me to experience more growth each time we met. Marian was such a blessing during this time and I’m forever grateful for her tips and listening ears. If you’re looking for someone who can help you transform towards a better you, she’s the best!
~ Sarah B., the Mergoddess (2020 USA National Paralympic swim team)
Marian coached me for 3 months around my food choices and exercise. She helped me to discover and ground myself in my motivation which was very important. Marian came well-prepared to each meeting and broke down the issues into manageable parts. I learned how to build on my successes and examine obstacles so I could improve in the future. Marian provided great resources, too. Coaching was a pleasant and positive experience that I looked forward to each week. It was very helpful to have someone knowledgeable to whom I was accountable so I could progress. I highly recommend Marian as a Wellness Coach extraordinaire!
~ Diane B.
Marian skillfully helped me course correct food choices and behaviors so I can live in alignment with my values. She provided valuable information and I learned so much working with her. She is caring, patient, creative, respectful, and genuinely curious. She guided me to discover my North Star so I can become “my best future self.” Thank you Marian!
~ Maureen M.
Why work with me
Since 2012, I’ve been learning and practicing the most effective coaching methods for achieving lasting behavior change. I’ve completed 2 excellent coach trainings: Wellcoaches and Wellstart Health and have spent hundreds of hours guiding clients to adopt healthier habits. I love it! I’ve also had a 20 year career as an acupuncturist in private practice so I’m knowledgeable about many aspects of health and working with people. I’ve been passionate about the health benefits of whole foods plant-based diets since 2007, and yet, I’m respectful of each individual’s dietary choices–I don’t push any dietary agenda on my clients, unless you ask me to! 😉
Is coaching like psychotherapy?
Coaching is not psychotherapy, and it’s not a substitute for it. We don’t seek deep understandings of your past, or your psychological make-up. We’re not directly helping you to heal old wounds. We don’t ask “Why…” a whole lot. We’ll focus, instead, on supporting you to take action–the actions that nurture your health and well being. Many clients find coaching to be beneficial to their mental health, because physical and mental health are inextricably linked. Both coaching and psychotherapy have great value.
Do you have a specialty?
I love helping people who want to get healthier by improving any aspect of their lifestyle. I’m particularly passionate about the power of whole foods, plant-centered diets to benefit health and well being. So if you’d like to get more plants on your plate, you’ve definitely come to the right place. I’ve been creative in the kitchen my whole life, ever since I made “Lucy’s lemon squares” from the Peanuts Cookbook at 11. In recent decades, I’ve turned towards healthier fare, focusing on easy, delicious, health-promoting meals. My 21 years as an acupuncturist, and primary care provider, have brought me an understanding of health conditions which is a great help in the coaching process, as well. In 2016, I earned a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from eCornell to grow my knowledge of nutrition. I’ll bring my enthusiasm and experience to the table to make your path to optimal health easier, and tastier.
Will you tell me what I need to do?
If you want to know WHAT to do, like which type of exercise is best for weight loss, or whether a particular food is ‘good for you’, I’ll gladly share my opinions, and also direct you to other experts’ answers. But coaching is not primarily me telling you what to do. It’s more about guiding you towards HOW to make the positive changes YOU choose to make. Coaching helps you get more grounded in your strengths and values around your health. From there you’ll develop strategies and tactics. And you’ll gain key insights and self-management skills that will help you sustain your progress.
Will our sessions be online?
Yes. I like to use Google Meet, a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing app, or we can talk on the phone, whichever you prefer.
When are you available?
My business hours are Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
How often will we meet? For how long?
The fees posted below are for single sessions. Clients typically make the most progress when they receive regular weekly coaching sessions. Scheduling the same day & time on a weekly basis for 6 or more sessions allows you to build momentum through consistency. Ask me about discounts for a package of 4 or more sessions. The amount of time we need for a session depends on many factors. I suggest we start with an amount of time that sounds good to you and we can always adjust later.
What is your fee structure and cancellation policy?
Introductory 15-20 minute conversation where we address all your questions
$30 15 mins
$50 30 mins
$65 45 mins
Payment: Payments are due two full business days in advance of each session. Payments are made through Wave. Wave allows you to pay an invoice using a credit card or an ACH transfer from your bank. Details are provided in your client agreement.
Office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
If you need to cancel or change an appointment, please call 831-373-6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know. There’s no charge for changes made at least 2 full business days in advance of your appointment. For late cancellations and missed coaching appointments, there’s a $50 fee. For Monday appointments, please call by Thursday.
Please ask me about discounts for monthly plans and other Programs.