What’s it like to work with a Functional Health Coach?

Hopefully you will find all the information you need on this website and I have tried to address as many issues as I can below, but if you are interested to find out more about health coaching please feel free to book an initial free consultation or email me at fran@franmac.co.uk.  I really look forward to hearing from you and will do my best to answer all your questions.


What is a Functional Health Coach?

A Functional Health Coach is someone who has been Certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner and who has a deep understanding of how all the bodily systems work together.  This means they take an holistic approach to helping you reach your own health and wellness goals.

Health Coaches work alongside and in conjunction with other Health Care professionals and are qualified and experienced in ordering and analysing Functional Testing to help you get to the root cause of all your issues.  The expertise of the Functional Health Coach lies in providing you with the tools, protocols, systems, support and approaches necessary to incorporate positive lifestyle choices into your life.

A Functional Health Coach will see you as a complete and unique person and work with you to de-code the messages your body is sending via your symptoms AND help you manage the interplay of work, home, stress and wellness goals to bring about the changes that you want in your life.

What is a Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

How does Functional Health Coaching work?

Working with a Functional Health Coach is one of the best ways for you to get to the root cause of all your issues whilst identifying and committing to the ‘lifestyle prescription’  that works best for your body. A Functional Health Coach provides a safe and confidential framework in which you can unwind the issues that have been contributing to your ill-health or weight gain and then build new lifestyle patterns that will serve you well into the future.

Within a Health Coaching programme you will be given the support, encouragement and information you need and also, importantly, held to account for the commitments you make on your journey to well being.

There are always moments of discouragement in any attempt to define and reach new goals and this is when having a Health Coach really comes into its own.  When things are not going along as smoothly as you had hoped, that’s when you need someone by your side to provide not only encouragement and support, but also knowledge and understanding of what you are going through and what you could best do to feel better.

Who would benefit from Functional Health Coaching

Functional Health Coaching is for everyone who wants to make positive changes in their lives.

You may want to be a little thinner, you may need to understand why you can no longer tolerate gluten or dairy, you may be struggling with poor sleep, joint pain or bloating and want to get to the bottom of the root causes of these things. You may be coming to terms with a difficult diagnosis or are struggling with a chronic lifestyle related disease such as Type 2 Diabetes.

Or you may just want to feel as well and healthy as you possibly can.

Most of us know what we should be doing – eating more vegetables, getting more exercise – but it is not always that easy to do it.  If it were easy, everyone would be in peak condition and feeling great about themselves 24/7.

Sometimes we need support to get good habits into our lives and if you have a heath or wellness goal in mind, then a Functional Health Coach will help you achieve it.

What is the difference between a Health Coach and a Nutritionist?

A Healthcoach provides the ‘How’ to everyone else’s ‘What’.

Health Coaches often work alongside nutritionists, or other healthcare professionals to help you implement the protocols they recommend.

While a nutritionist is expert on the macro and micro nutrients needed to deal with debilitating disease and will provide a list of foods to eat and not to eat, it is not always easy to incorporate these changes in our lives.

A Health Coach, on the other hand, is trained in how to listen to your needs and work with you to make those positive lifestyle choices.

A Health Coach works on the basis that each of us is unique and whilst most of us know instinctively what we should be doing and eating, it is difficult to get these things into our lives.  Let’s face it,if it were easy, we would all be slim and healthy!

A Health Coach will work with you to discover what works best for your individual body and your life and then help you build new lifestyle habits so you can fold in small incremental changes in the most positive way to generate the best possible outcome for you.

A Health Coach will take things at your speed and give you time to assimilate one new idea into your life, before introducing a new one.  We can move you along the road to your success as quickly or as slowly as you want to go.

What  a Health Coach won’t do is give you a whole list of things to do and not do and then give you a hard time when you feel overwhelmed or discouraged.

What is the Functional Health Coaching process?

I incorporate my Signature Approach – the PRV Protocol which incorporates Best Practice from the three disciplines of Functional Medicine, Health Coaching and Life Coaching.

After an initial Health History consultation, you will meet with your Health Coach every fortnight (ie two times a month) either in person, phone, or skype. During your sessions you will discuss your goals and priorities and be able to ask questions and obtain advice.  Action steps and commitments will be agreed for the next two weeks.  It is best to commit to a programme of 3 – 6 months as this is the period it takes to fully understand your body’s requirements and establish the new habits necessary to meet those requirements.

How long does it take?

Each session will last for approximately 50 minutes.  The recommended duration for a programme of Health Coaching is six months as this is the time it takes to understand your body’s requirements and establish new habits to meet them. But it is possible to extend that period if you wish, or to opt for shorter programmes if that suits your objectives better.  You can discuss the optimum programme for you at the initial Health History consultation.  Details of the different programmes available at Prüv can be found at the Health Coaching Services page

How much does Health Coaching cost?

For details of all my services, programmes and prices please visit my Bookings Page.

How do I pay?

Payment is made in advance through my website. The payment portal I use is Square.  Although there is a mechanism for paying for one session at a time, there are significant discounts for those paying up front for their full programme.  The reason for this is simple:  I want you to be successful and I know that success comes with commitment and accountability and these are created best within a programme of sessions rather than a one-off. To book and pay for a session please visit my Bookings Page.

What happens if I am late or cannot make a session?

When you sign up for your Health Coaching programme you will be asked to sign a contract, committing to attending all the sessions in the programme.  The reason we do this is that there will, in all likelihood, be ups and downs along the way and it is usually the times when you feel least like attending that you will get the most benefit.

Of course there are times when a missed appointment is unavoidable and in this case 24 hours notice of cancellation is required, in which case we can re-schedule your session for another time.

I want you to be successful and success comes with commitment.  In addition I have made commitments to other clients, so out of respect for your goals and those of all my clients, it is not possible to re-schedule appointments with less than 24 hours notice.

How will I get the most out of my Functional Health Coaching Sessions?

All that you need to do is show up and be prepared to make small sustainable changes to your routines!  This is all about you and what you want to achieve. You will commit to attend all the sessions in your programme,  to implement the recommendations and then discuss how they felt for you.

What can I expect during the course of the programme?

We are not looking for instant results here, but sustainable, long-term change for the better.  What I am hoping for you is that through the programme you will discover what you need to do to change your health once and for all.

Everyone is unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another.  To begin with we will start to de-code the messages your body is sending to work out what it best needs.  We will try a number of different protocols to find what you feel most comfortable with and what works best for your body.  Once we have established a clear road-map (usually two or three sessions) we will then move on to build in a number of small, incremental changes that will have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing.  Once we have started to re-balance and re-calibrate your systems, the weight and health issues will melt away.

I use a separate double-encrypted portal for all client interactions.  This ensures your data is totally confidential and secure.  In addition it means you have easy access to all the notes, documents, test results and everything relative to your programme with me.