Do's + Dont's
When Choosing a Chronic Pain Coach
The topic of chronic pain and best practices for its management has left the medical community split right down the middle. Add in the topic of opioid medication and we have a contentious-fueled "war" on our hands.
To help make sense of it all and streamline treatment protocols for both the medical community and chronic pain patients, leading experts, government powerhouse research organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other relevant authorities on chronic pain have released their best hypotheses and most current research as to what the most effective treatment plans may be- one of these, increasingly points to chronic pain coaching.
However, that does not mean chronic pain coaching (regardless of coach or practice) is the panacea.
With the exception of a miracle, no one in the healthcare community should be claiming and/or advertising they can "cure," "eliminate" or completely alleviate chronic pain.
It's also important that you're honest with yourself about your expectations.
How Not to Choose a CP Coach.
Another way of deciding how to narrow down your search for a CP coach is by looking at their website using the acronym...
The Ugly Truth.
I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "jack of all trades, master of none." When considering a life coach of any kind, it's important to keep this phrase in mind.
As of today, the coaching industry is unregulated- meaning, there aren't any formal requirements for certification, schooling or quite frankly, experience.
Unfortunately, anyone can hang a sign outside his or her door and call themselves a life coach. Similarly, just because a life coach holds a certification from an accredited school doesn't necessarily mean they're effective at what they do...which, let's be frank, is true in most industries.
Working one-on-one with clients where quality precedes quantity, knowledge, authenticity, and efficacy is transparently obvious, and trust and approach dictate the outcome, a life coach, and their practice should be rooted in research-based modalities. This is particularly true for chronic pain coaches.
Unlike many other life coaches and/or practices, Christina doesn't claim to be an expert as a career adviser, marital counselor or nutritionist. Instead, Christina works with her clients on one subject and one subject only- the subject she has spent 9 years immersed in -chronic pain.
By using an interdisciplinary approach, KCPC partners with a broad network of specialized professionals - ranging from mental health professionals, physical health experts, and spiritual specialists - so that we could offer a "one-stop shop" for KCPC clients.
To learn more about Christina's education, certifications, licensees and professional networks Christina and her team hold, please click here.
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Below, is an overview of the key points discussed on this page.
Ultimately, KCPC wants to make sure that the CP coach and/or practice you decide to work with, is responsible, knowledgeable, effective, and relatable - more so, they genuinely help you and your loved ones let go and heal from the past, accept what is and create a new life, in spite of your pain, that is worth living.
1. Do choose a CP coach who can understand what you're going through.
2. Do choose a CP coach who has received an education and holds a valid, current certification.
3. Do choose a CP coach
4. Do choose a CP coach who has had personal success with CP and walks their talk.
5. Do choose a CP coach that you feel comfortable in building an honest relationship with.
6. Do choose a CP coach that listens intently to you and asks thought-provoking questions that support you in drawing your own conclusions rather than lecturing, telling or "talking at" you.
7. Do choose a CP coach only after you've interviewed a couple so you can decide which approach seems best for you.
1. Don't choose a CP coach who claims they can "cure" or "eliminate your pain completely." Instead, have an honest conversation with yourself about what constitutes realistic expectations.
2. Don't choose a CP coach or practice that gives advice outside of their wheelhouse - A CP coach must be aware of their limitations.
3. Don't choose a CP coach who has a blanket, one-size-fits-all approach. Your pain and your plight are unique...therefore, your coaching program should be as well.
4. Don't choose a CP coach that pushes their own agendas + outcomes. Life coaching, in general, should be directed by the client's pace, goals, and objectives.
5. Don't choose a CP coach who doesn't address the emotional distress and/or mental health crisis you may be in. Instead, choose a CP coach that ensures your mental health is appropriately managed by a licensed mental health professional.