Meet Health Coach Laurie Johnson: Active Listening Lets Client Decide Path

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
This post was written by Jessica Fornarotto

This month’s inside look at a health coach, the choices he or she has made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead.

Excerpted from the June 2011 HealthCoach Huddle.

Laurie Johnson, BFA, PPC, Personal Coach & Workshop Facilitator for Details Coaching.

HIN: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into health coaching?

Johnson: I did not attend college. I returned to the university as a mature student 20 years after graduating high school. I have worked in the healthcare industry for the past 14 years. I completed a certificate in personal and professional coaching…and decided to mix the two.

Has there been a defining moment in your career? Perhaps when you knew you were on the right road.

The first class of coaching! I just knew this was perfect for me (and my talents and skills).

In brief, describe your organization.

Details Coaching focuses on helping people identify the areas in their life that they need to focus on more (health) — and work collaboratively to begin to make those changes.

What are two or three important concepts or rules that you follow in health coaching?

Active listening and letting the client decide on their path.

What is the single-most successful thing that your company is doing now?

Marketing on a strict budget.

Do you see a trend or path that you have to lock onto for 2011?

A focus on health.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a health coach?

Helping people discover and stick to their goals.

Where did you grow up?

In a small town in Quebec, Canada.

What college did you attend?

I only attended a university.

Is there a moment from that time that stands out?

My graduation!!

Are you married?


Do you have children?


What is your favorite hobby and how did it develop in your life?

Painting. My father was a painter, and I always used to watch him and paint beside him.

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you would recommend?

A book called “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

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