As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, fears, anxiety and worries about finances, health and relationships linger. Bastyr University, a leading university in naturopathic medicine and natural health arts and sciences, is offering free wellness coaching services to local communities Washington and California.
A telehealth wellness coaching visit with a naturopathic doctor provides support to help people achieve personal goals wellness, including:
- Dealing with stress related to COVID-19 changes
- Enhancing mindfulness practices
- Creating healthy self-care practices while staying home
- Improving relationships and social connection.
The services provide wellness coaching via online video sessions. Sessions are 45-minutes long and typically meet once each week for no more than 10 weeks. A naturopathic doctor, from Bastyr’s clinical faculty, will oversee wellness coaching sessions and supervise naturopathic medical school student coaches.
Wellness Coaching sessions do not treat mental health disorders/illnesses or provide mental health counseling. Thought supervisors may refer for mental health counseling services if that is deemed most appropriate.
For more information on wellness coaching, contact Bastyr Center for Natural Health and Bastyr University Clinics.
For more information on what you might expect from an appointment with a naturopathic doctor, please see the following resources from the Institute for Natural Medicine.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
How do Naturopathic Doctors Use the Healing Power of Nature?
Bastyr is a nonprofit, private university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, with a multidisciplinary curriculum in science-based natural medicine. Recognized globally for its rigorous curriculum and strong research, the University has two campuses, one in Kenmore, Washington, and a campus in San Diego, California. Bastyr’s international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit, and nature. A pioneer in natural medicine since its inception, Bastyr continues to be at the forefront in developing the model for 21st-century medicine. For more information on the wellness coaching visits, please visit our teaching clinic websites, BastyrCenter.org, and BastyrClinic.org.
This article is provided by the Institute for Natural Medicine, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, partnered with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. INM’s mission is to transform healthcare in America by increasing both public awareness of naturopathic medicine and access to naturopathic doctors for patients. INM believes that naturopathic medicine, with its unique principles and practices, has the potential to reverse the tide of chronic illness that overwhelms existing health care systems and to empower people to achieve and maintain their optimal lifelong health. INM strives to achieve this mission through the following initiatives:
- Education – Reveal the unique benefits and outcomes of naturopathic medicine
- Access – Connect patients to licensed naturopathic doctors
- Research – Expand quality research of this complex and comprehensive system of medicine
INM's team is made up of naturopathic doctors and health journalists.