My Life as an Eating Psychology Coach: Teri Lynn
What made you want to become an Eating Psychology Coach?
Because it’s a super sexy title! But, seriously, I was seeing the same things that Marc David was seeing; even if people had the tools to make progress, most couldn’t employ them at all or for more than a short period of time. There was a disconnect but I didn’t have the education to know how to approach them in a way that would bring more success. I also noticed other coaches in varied disciplines experienced the same thing so I knew there was something additional, something unique, to be learned. After reading the course description I realized that getting into the mind of who the eater is when they eat opens a plethora of opportunities. I knew that by knowing how to delve into the relationship my clients have with food and body, even if it’s just a small part of the work we did together, would make every other tactic I use more valuable.
What do you love about being an Eating Psychology Coach?
I must admit that I lean towards wanting to be interestingly unique. I’m not a conformist and I like to shake things up in my own way. With that said, I love seeing eyes light up and light bulbs go on when during a session we have breakthroughs and touch on correlations that nobody has been able to before. I love to see in my clients the emotional and mental progress that manifests itself in readiness to move forward. My work is unique and much needed so I love what I do.
What does your practice look like?
My practice focuses on professional women aged 35-55 who are struggling with weight issues of any kind, overeating, fatigue, anxiety, and mystery symptoms. I see clients locally in my home or via skype. Either modality has worked out quite nicely. I will do a 20 minute consultation over the phone but after that I prefer to “see” the person in some way during our sessions. I have packages available for purchase and am currently working on local group coaching and support groups.
How did your education at the Institute prepare you to work successfully with clients?
No stone was left unturned in possible scenarios that may come up with clients. The broad range of knowledge within the modules about what people come “to the table” with was key to feeling prepared to guide almost anyone in their unique journey. However, one important teaching was emphasized and has overarchingly been most valuable to me in preparation to better coach. It’s the truth that “we are not fixers”. Understanding that it’s not my job to “fix” anyone, only to guide and be a mentor is key to being a successful coach. My education with the Institute allowed me to show wisdom and poise by relaxing into the work and letting the universe download what the client is ready for.
What was your favorite aspect of the Training?
Oh my, so hard to pick just one. But the whole training would not have been the same for me had I missed the live event. That is what put the red ribbon on the whole thing and made it all very real to me. To see the other coaches, meet them, chat with them, and learn from them was priceless. Of course to meet our teachers, Marc and Emily, was the highlight. To know they are real people with poise and concern for every one of us was good to see in action.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted your professional life/financial well-being?
I’m coaching part-time since I do have another career that I am trying to wind down while building a new website and marketing myself at the same time. Professionally, having the title “Eating Psychology Coach” alone has opened up doors for me I never thought possible. Because of this I have a couple big projects in the works that could potentially add a tremendous amount of value and excitement to my practice. I’m very excited to see where some of my new networking opportunities will take me.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted you personally?
I’d have to say that I’m more confident and poised because I see the value I bring to the world in action through my clients’ “ah-ha” moments. The Training has given me a huge personal growth spurt because I was able to apply the information to myself where needed. Therefore, as I now move through the world, the way I see people has evolved. I am more compassionate and understanding on a daily basis. Since I am better able to notice patterns and underlying reasons for seemingly inconsequential behaviors I am more equipped to respond in a beneficial way and this has brought me closer to people.
What do you see for yourself in your future as an Eating Psychology Coach – where is your work evolving towards?
I see myself as more of a group mentor in some way. I love the one-on-one work and plan to always have that incorporated in my practice but I also see big projects in my future. I need to always be refining myself and making my dreams encompass the ever growing “me” so I doubt I’ll be doing the same style of coaching for years without change. My archetype is a teacher (who loves to be a student!) so who knows where that will take me but more training to pursue other aspects of what I’d like to bring to my practice is definitely in the cards.
Why Would You Recommend the Training to Others?
The Training is comprehensive, timely, and professionally put together. Eating Psychology isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s the breakthrough work that so many need. People are suffering and this education can make a difference.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Yes. I now agree with Marc when he says “The way you do food is the way you do life”. There is a definite link between our relationship with food and our relationship with the world! To delve into this, sometimes primary, relationship and uncover treasures is exciting fuel for growth. It’s cutting edge stuff that will be second nature to our sensibilities in time as more folks become aware of the correlations.
NAME: Teri Lynn, Mind Body Nutrition Coach
BUSINESS: LiveTru Coaching
BIO: Teri is a certified Eating Psychology Coach using mind-body strategies such as holistic nutrition, fitness, proper sleep/recovery, lifestyle, and brainwave entrainment to personalize her work around each client. She, personally, avidly pursues strength training, nutrition/lifestyle tactics and brain synchronization as forms of personal growth and self care.
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