Health and Wellness Coaching
“Watching people find their own answers with the assistance of my coaching skills is the most rewarding part of being a wellness coach.”
What drew you to study health and wellness coaching as your healing discipline?
My experience as a human resources professional and a marketing and communications expert prepared me to interact with people in many different positions in life. My first experience with the Applied Healing Arts program at MUIH opened my mind to new ways of seeing and living. When I decided to take a coach training program, I chose MUIH because I wanted to continue applying the philosophy and practices I had embraced as a graduate student.
Why did you choose MUIH for your academic program?
My acupuncturist recommended that I experience the Redefining Health weekend. After being exposed to so many mind-expanding and heart-opening concepts in only two days I wanted to continue the learning that would be based on these principles.
Describe your path since graduating:
Since graduating from two programs at MUIH, I have continued in my career as a marketing and communications professional. I approach my work differently, though, with more focus on relationships and process than on goals and outcome. I also have a private coaching practice called On the Way Coaching, which I describe as an experience for individuals who want to take a pilgrimage into the heart of life.
What have you accomplished that is a result of the education and skills you received here?
My accomplishments are most evident in my approach and outlook more than on tangible achievements. I am a more objective observer and more readily notice when I am reacting in ways that are contrary to my commitment to being a healthy, mindful presence.
What has been your most exciting or fulfilling professional experience to date?
As a coach I have developed relationships with clients who attest to how the coaching process has helped them change old beliefs, which, in turn has made it possible for them to live fuller, more healthy lives. Watching people find their own answers with the assistance of my coaching skills is the most rewarding part of being a wellness coach.
Are you achieving your professional goals?
Yes. I am coaching as much as my time allows and I know that the work I do as a coach serves others.
What would you like to do next, professionally speaking?
As I phase out of full-time corporate work, I see myself making more time to grow my coaching practice and doing more workshops and retreats for women who are interested in opening their minds and hearts to new ways of seeing and living.
Linda Mastro completed MUIH’s Master of Arts in Applied Healing Arts in 2009 and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching in 2012.