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Meet Jessica

National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach

From Turmoil to Transformation: My Journey to Wellness Coaching

 

Hey there! My name is Jessica, and this is my rollercoaster of a journey to finding my passion as a wellness coach.

 

At the age of 4 I became a first time mother and at the age of 6 I was taking care of two boys, my little brothers. I had a mother who was an alcoholic and a drug addict and had more fun putting on raves at one in the morning than fulfilling any motherly duties. I had a father who spent less time with me than the sentence I am writing about him. The boys had a different father than I, who was around for more time than mine, but that isn’t saying much. They both ended up signing their rights away to us when our mother lost her parenting rights. Needless to say, I came into this world facing challenges that would make most people's heads spin. 

 

Our maternal grandparents helped as much as they could but after my grandmother passed away I was separated from my brothers and we were bounced around between family members and eventually put into the foster care system. Being separated from my brothers was unbearable for me and after a lot of begging I was finally relocated to the same foster home. A family who fostered kids for the joy of the money they received from the government. From the outside this family was a picture perfect family to adopt us, little did anyone know that they took emotional abuse to a new height. For both our sakes, I won’t dive into that. 

 

The impactful part of my experience with them was their introducing me to the world of processed foods. Our diet consisted of frozen and boxed meals that were riddled with preservatives and things I would hardly consider food with the knowledge that I have now. This was the start to massive digestive issues that would plague me for more than a decade of my life. 

 

Between the ages of 16 and 27, I suffered from debilitating digestive issues. I was throwing up multiple times a week to the point of dry heaving bile for hours because my body was rejecting the food I was putting into it. My doctor ran an insane amount of tests all yielding results that were within the normal range. After our final test he looked at me and said “our next step is exploratory surgery”. I don’t know about you, but to me, those two words do not go together. I told him no thank you and decided to experiment with something I had been researching, elimination diets. For 6 month intervals I eliminated just about everything you can think of, nothing yielding helpful results. Enter my knight in culinary armor: a friend who happened to be a chef. 

 

When he saw my pantry, he looked at me and said, "We need a grocery run." I was puzzled, I just stocked my kitchen – had I missed something? Turns out, I had. Processed junk was masquerading as food in my house. That conversation sparked my deep dive into researching processed foods, the importance of going non-GMO, and the perks of choosing organic whenever possible. And guess what? My gut thanked me for it. 

 

After making the switch to a non-GMO, organic, whole food diet, I never again prayed to the toilet gods for my body to stop purging everything in it! I was on cloud nine, feeling better than I have in my entire life. Little did I know I was about to take another rollercoaster ride. Life has a way of forcing us to deal with things we lock away and try to forget exist. This came in the shape of a curveball in my career that left me shattered, boiling with rage, spiraling into depression, and unearthing all the ghosts of trauma’s past at the same time. 

 

Strangely enough, I'm grateful for that curveball. It forced me to confront my demons and unknowingly set me on another path to wellness. The only way I knew to deal with what I was feeling was to barrel through it. I started with the boiling rage, I hired a trainer to help me process my anger and he took me through boxing routines, had me take a sledgehammer to a tractor tire, and murdered my body in the best way with brutal workouts. His ability to answer a lot of my “why are we doing this” questions encouraged me to take personal training certifications of my own. These then spiraled into more movement certifications along with nutrition certifications to optimize my results.  

 

Deeper nutrition knowledge came after discovering Viome, a company that tests your blood and stool samples to know what is happening within your body at a cellular level. They give you back a 90+ page report along with the foods that are optimal for your unique body. This was a game changer for me! Even though I felt great, I still had some digestive issues, bloating, fatigue, and hit a plateau for building muscle. Little did I know, I was eating “healthy” but not optimally for my body. My body was not capable of processing the foods I was eating so I was not absorbing the nutrients from my diet. After 3 weeks of following my recommendations I hit a new level of feeling great! My energy skyrocketed, my bloating dissipated, my muscle mass increased, and my digestive issues subsided! 

 

However, I realized that wellness wasn’t solely about movement and nutrition. Mindfulness emerged as the missing puzzle piece. Let me tell you, embracing mindfulness was like hugging a cactus – painful yet strangely cathartic. Therapeutic intervention became my compass, leading me to a deeper understanding of myself. Over the course of many years the more I practiced mindfulness techniques the easier it became to process and release my trauma. To heal wounds I had ignored for so long I didn’t know they existed. This process, yet again, sent into another quest for knowledge. I learned more about meditation, breathwork, energy healing, and obtained more certifications.

 

My journey from chaos to coaching has been a wild ride, filled with experiments, tears, laughter, pain, and growth. My mission? To make your journey smoother. I've done the legwork, so you don't have to. Whether you're craving fitness, a cleaner diet, or just some darn peace of mind, I'm here to walk beside you. To be a guiding light on your path. 

 

Join me in turning struggles into stepping stones. Let's craft a life that's not about surviving – it's about thriving.

Jessica's Certifications

National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)

Group Personal Training Specialist (NASM-GPTS)

Master Certified Wellness Coach (CCI-MCWC)

Stretching & Flexibility Coach (NASM-SFC)

Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC)

Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT)

Certified Breathwork Coach

FAQs
  • What is wellness coaching?
    Wellness coaching is a collaborative partnership between a trained coach and an individual seeking to improve their overall well-being. It focuses on various aspects of health, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. A wellness coach provides guidance, support, and accountability to help individuals set and achieve their health and wellness goals through personalized action plans and evidence-based techniques. It is suitable for anyone motivated to enhance their well-being and offers a proactive and empowering approach to personal growth.
  • How do I know if wellness coaching is right for me?
    Wellness coaching may be right for you if you are seeking support, guidance, and accountability to achieve your health and wellness goals. Whether you want to manage stress, improve fitness, adopt healthier habits, or enhance overall well-being, a wellness coach can provide the tools and strategies to help you succeed. If you are ready to commit to personal growth and positive change, wellness coaching can be a valuable resource on your wellness journey.
  • Can wellness coaching help with specific health conditions or concerns?
    Certainly! Wellness coaching can indeed help individuals with specific health conditions or concerns. While wellness coaches are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical treatment, they can work in collaboration with healthcare providers to support individuals in managing their health and well-being. Here are a few examples of how wellness coaching can be beneficial for specific health conditions or concerns: Weight Management: A wellness coach can help individuals develop personalized strategies for healthy eating, portion control, and physical activity to support weight loss or weight maintenance goals. They can provide guidance on making sustainable lifestyle changes, overcoming emotional eating, and developing a positive body image. Stress Management: Chronic stress can have a significant impact on overall health and well-being. A wellness coach can help individuals identify sources of stress, develop coping mechanisms, and implement stress reduction techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation exercises, and time management strategies. Chronic Conditions: For individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or autoimmune disorders, a wellness coach can assist in creating a comprehensive approach to managing their condition. They can provide support in developing healthy habits, implementing self-care practices, and navigating lifestyle modifications recommended by healthcare providers. Mental Health: Wellness coaching can be valuable for individuals experiencing mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression. A wellness coach can help clients identify triggers, develop strategies for managing symptoms, and promote overall mental well-being through stress reduction techniques, self-care practices, and support in maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Lifestyle Modifications: Whether it's quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, or adopting a healthier diet, wellness coaching can provide the guidance and accountability needed for successful lifestyle changes. A wellness coach can help individuals set realistic goals, develop action plans, and navigate challenges while providing ongoing support and motivation. It's important to note that while wellness coaching can support individuals with specific health conditions or concerns, it is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers for personalized medical guidance. A wellness coach can complement the medical care provided by healthcare professionals and help individuals develop strategies for overall well-being.
  • Is wellness coaching suitable for everyone?
    Yes, wellness coaching is suitable for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you're looking to improve your fitness, manage stress, establish healthier eating habits, enhance self-care practices, or achieve a better work-life balance, wellness coaching can provide valuable guidance and support. The coaching process is personalized and tailored to your specific needs and goals, making it adaptable to different lifestyles and situations. A wellness coach can help you navigate your wellness journey regardless of your starting point, providing you with the tools and motivation to make positive changes and improve your overall well-being.
  • How can I get started with wellness coaching?
    We offer free zoom consultations to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about our wellness coaching services and to determine if we are the right fit for your needs. We understand the importance of finding a coach who resonates with you, and the consultation serves as an opportunity for both parties to assess compatibility and establish rapport. During the consultation, we encourage you to come prepared with specific goals or challenges you would like to address. This will help us understand your needs and allow us to provide tailored information and insights during our conversation. Rest assured, the consultation is a confidential and judgment-free space where you can freely express yourself and ask any questions you may have about our coaching process, pricing, scheduling, or any other concerns. We look forward to connecting with you during the consultation and discussing how our wellness coaching services can support you in achieving your health and wellness goals.
  • How is wellness coaching different from other types of coaching?
    Wellness coaching differs from other types of coaching in that it specifically focuses on improving overall well-being and encompasses various aspects of health, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. While other types of coaching may be more specialized or focused on specific areas such as career, relationships, or personal development, wellness coaching takes a holistic approach to support individuals in achieving balance and optimal health in all areas of their lives. Wellness coaches utilize evidence-based techniques, goal setting, and behavior change strategies tailored to your unique wellness goals, helping you create sustainable lifestyle changes that promote long-term well-being.
  • What types of clients do you work with?
    We work with a diverse range of clients, including individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Our wellness coaching services are designed to support anyone seeking to improve their overall well-being. Whether you're a busy professional, a parent, a student, or someone looking to enhance your health and wellness, we are here to help. Our coaching approach is personalized and adaptable, ensuring that we can address your unique needs and goals. No matter where you are on your wellness journey, we are committed to providing guidance and support to help you achieve your desired outcomes.
  • What can I expect from working with a wellness coach?
    When working with a wellness coach, you can expect personalized guidance, support, and accountability to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Your coach will work collaboratively with you to identify obstacles, create action plans, and develop sustainable habits. They will provide motivational support, help you gain clarity, and offer strategies for overcoming challenges. Working with a wellness coach empowers you to make positive lifestyle changes and enhance your overall well-being.
  • How can a wellness coach help me achieve my health and wellness goals?
    A wellness coach can help you achieve your health and wellness goals by providing personalized guidance, support, and accountability. They will work closely with you to identify your goals, create actionable plans, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles. With their expertise and motivational support, a wellness coach empowers you to make positive lifestyle changes, establish healthy habits, and sustain long-term well-being.
  • How often will I meet or communicate with my wellness coach?
    The frequency of meetings or communication with your wellness coach can vary based on your individual needs and preferences. Typically, coaching sessions are scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, especially during the initial stages of your wellness journey. This allows for consistent progress and support. In addition to in-person sessions, we offer remote coaching options to accommodate busy schedules and facilitate convenience. These virtual sessions are just as effective as in-person meetings. During each session, you and your wellness coach will discuss your progress, challenges, and goals. Together, you will explore strategies, set action steps, and address any concerns you may have. Your coach will provide guidance, support, and accountability to help you stay motivated and on track. Outside of scheduled sessions, we offer additional support through email check-ins to maintain ongoing communication and offer guidance in between sessions. This allows you to seek clarification, ask questions, and share updates with your coach. Ultimately, the frequency of meetings and communication will be determined based on your needs and the coaching program you choose. Your wellness coach will work with you to establish a schedule and mode of communication that best suits your goals and availability.
  • Can wellness coaching be done remotely or online?
    Yes, wellness coaching can be conducted remotely or online. In fact, remote coaching has become increasingly popular and convenient for clients in today's digital age. At JWaugh Wellness, we offer remote coaching options to accommodate clients' diverse needs and preferences. Remote coaching utilizes various communication channels such as phone calls or video conferencing to connect you with your wellness coach. These virtual sessions provide the same level of support, guidance, and accountability as in-person sessions, while offering the flexibility of location and scheduling. The benefits of remote wellness coaching include: Convenience: Remote coaching eliminates the need for travel time, allowing you to engage in coaching sessions from the comfort of your own home, office, or any other convenient location. Flexibility: Virtual sessions provide greater flexibility in scheduling, making it easier to find time that works best for you. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with busy lifestyles or those who have limited availability during traditional business hours. Accessibility: Remote coaching removes geographical barriers, enabling you to work with a wellness coach regardless of your location. Whether you're in a different city or country, you can still receive the support and guidance you need. Comfort and Privacy: Remote coaching provides a confidential and private environment for open and honest conversations. You can feel at ease discussing personal matters from a familiar and comfortable setting. Our remote coaching services have been designed to ensure a seamless and effective coaching experience, regardless of whether we meet in person or virtually. We leverage secure communication platforms to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of our sessions, ensuring that your information remains protected. Please reach out to us for more information on our remote coaching options and how we can best support you on your wellness journey, no matter where you are. We are dedicated to making wellness coaching accessible and convenient for all clients.
  • What qualifications and certifications do your wellness coaches have?
    Jessica has multiple certifications in the health and wellness industry: ​National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) Group Personal Training Specialist (NASM-GPTS) Stretching & Flexibility Coach (NASM-SFC) Master Certified Wellness Coach (MCWC) Certified Personal Training (NASM-CPT) Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC) She is also currently working on the below certifications Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP) Internationally Certified Breathwork Coach (Yoga Alliance) Internationally Certified Meditation Coach (Yoga Alliance)
  • How do you ensure client confidentiality and privacy?
    At JWaugh Wellness, we prioritize client confidentiality and privacy as essential components of our coaching services. We adhere to strict ethical guidelines and industry standards to safeguard your personal information and maintain a secure and confidential environment. Here are some measures we take to ensure client confidentiality and privacy: Consent and Confidentiality Agreement: Prior to starting our coaching relationship, we will discuss and obtain your informed consent regarding the limits of confidentiality and any circumstances where confidentiality may need to be breached, such as situations involving potential harm to yourself or others. Professional Standards: Our wellness coaches are bound by professional standards, including codes of ethics, which emphasize the importance of client confidentiality. They are dedicated to maintaining the privacy of all client information shared during coaching sessions. Secure Communication Channels: We utilize secure communication channels, such as password-protected client portals and secure video conferencing platforms, to ensure the privacy of our communications. Data Protection Measures: We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data against unauthorized access, loss, or misuse. This includes the use of firewalls, secure servers, and regular data backups. Limited Access: Your personal information is accessible only to the wellness coach you are working with and relevant administrative personnel on a need-to-know basis. We do not share or disclose your information to third parties without your explicit consent unless required by law. Please note that while we take every precaution to maintain confidentiality and privacy, no method of transmission over the internet or electronic storage is entirely secure. However, we continuously strive to update and enhance our security measures to protect your personal information to the best of our abilities. Rest assured, we are committed to providing a safe, confidential, and respectful coaching environment where you can freely share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without concern for your privacy. Your trust is of utmost importance to us, and we are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of confidentiality and privacy throughout our coaching relationship.
  • How much does wellness coaching cost?
    The cost of wellness coaching can vary depending on factors such as the duration and intensity of the coaching program and the specific services offered. At JWaugh Wellness, we offer several coaching packages tailored to meet individual needs. Investing in wellness coaching is an investment in your overall well-being and personal growth. It's important to consider the value you will gain from the guidance, support, and transformation that can occur through the coaching process. We are committed to providing high-quality coaching services at a fair and competitive price. Our focus is on delivering excellent results and helping you achieve your wellness goals while ensuring that our services remain accessible to individuals seeking support. Please contact us directly to learn more about our pricing structure and how we can best support you on your wellness journey. We look forward to discussing the options available and helping you determine the best coaching package for your needs and budget.
  • Do you offer any packages or discounts for long-term coaching?
    Yes, we offer packages and discounts for clients who choose long-term wellness coaching. We believe that sustainable change and lasting results often require ongoing support and commitment. Therefore, we have designed coaching packages to provide continued guidance and accountability as you progress towards your wellness goals. Our long-term coaching packages typically include a series of sessions spread out over an extended period. These packages are tailored to meet your specific needs and can be customized based on the duration and frequency of sessions that work best for you. In addition to the benefits of consistent support, long-term coaching packages often come with cost savings compared to individual sessions. We offer discounts to clients who choose these packages, making them a cost-effective investment in your well-being. To learn more about the specific long-term coaching packages and discounts we offer, we encourage you to contact us directly. We will be happy to discuss the options available and help you find the best fit for your goals and budget. Remember, long-term coaching provides you with ongoing guidance, motivation, and accountability to support your progress and sustain positive changes in your life. We are committed to helping you achieve your wellness goals, and our long-term coaching packages are designed to make that journey even more accessible and rewarding.
  • What is your cancellation or rescheduling policy?
    At JWaugh Wellness, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise that require you to cancel or reschedule your coaching session. We strive to be flexible and accommodating to our clients' needs while also maintaining a fair and efficient scheduling system. Here is an overview of our cancellation and rescheduling policy: Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel a scheduled coaching session, we kindly request that you provide us with a minimum notice of 24 hours in advance. This allows us to offer the time slot to other clients who may be on a waitlist or need immediate support. If you cancel with less than 24 hours' notice, a cancellation fee may apply. Rescheduling Policy: We understand that unexpected situations may arise, making it necessary to reschedule a coaching session. We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible if you need to reschedule. We will do our best to accommodate your request based on the availability of both you and your wellness coach. No-shows: If you fail to attend a scheduled coaching session without prior notice, it is considered a no-show. In such cases, the session will be counted as utilized, and a no-show fee may apply. We believe in open communication and value the coach-client relationship. If you have concerns or extenuating circumstances regarding cancellations or rescheduling, we encourage you to discuss them with us directly. We are committed to finding mutually agreeable solutions whenever possible. Please note that specific details of our cancellation and rescheduling policy may be provided during the onboarding process or in our coaching agreement. We strive to be transparent about our policies to ensure a positive coaching experience for both parties. If you have any questions or require further clarification regarding our cancellation or rescheduling policy, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you and will work with you to find the best solutions for your scheduling needs.
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