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FAQs

  • What current openings do you have?
    As of May 2024, I have in-person or virtual openings on Mondays and Wednesdays. My other days are full at this time.
  • What are your fees?
    Prices vary depending on the service and bundle however range between $77-85 per session.
  • How do I get started?
    Schedule a free 15 minute consultation here. We can talk about your needs and wants and decide if it's going to be a good coach/client fit. If we decide to move forward, I will email you initial paperwork and a link to schedule your first session.
  • Where are you located?
    The Balanced Life, LLC. 1101 McMurtrie Drive Suite A3, Huntsville, AL 35806. Please note, stairs are needed to access our 2nd floor office.
  • How do a purchase a session or session bundle?
    You can use this link to purchase the session or sessions you'd like. We offer three services: 1.) Non-Diet Health Coaching, 2.) Return to Safe Movement in Eating Disorder Recovery and 3.) Personalized Exercise Sessions.
  • Do you take insurance?
    At this time, I do not take insurance. Another option is to check if sessions can be covered as part of your health savings account.
  • What certifications do you have?
    Certified Health Education Specialist Certified Medical Exercise Specialist Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Certified Health Coach Certified Personal Trainer Certified Group Fitness Instructor Certified Basic Life Support Instructor & Provider (CPR & AED) Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • What is a Medical Exercise Specialist?
    A Certified Medical Exercise Specialist (CMES) is a part of the allied healthcare continuum. A CMES goes through additional training regarding chronic disease and dysfunction. We can provide coaching regarding prevention and/or management of chronic disease or psychological disorders that may benefit from physical activity and exercise. Please note, a CMES is not the same as a Physical Therapist. You might see a CMES after you are released from a Physical Therapist post-injury or rehab. If you need the names of local Physical Therapists, I'm happy to provide some.
  • What training have you had in regards to eating disorders?
    The Medical Side of Eating Disorders, Within Health, 2023 Renewed Eating Disorders Conference, Renewed, 2023 Cardiac Consequences & Electrolyte Imbalances in Eating Disorders, The Eating Recovery Center, 2023 Understanding the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Pathological Exercise, Alsana , 2023 Is Exercise Recommended in ED Treatment, ANAD & Montecatini, 2023 Eating Disorders in Fitness, National Academy of Sports Medicine, 2022 Safe Exercise at Every Stage (SEES) Model Webinar 1 & 2, The SEES Team, 2021 Resisting Diet Culture with Joyful Movement, ANAD with McCallum Place, 2021 Evidence-Based Strategies for Integrating Movement in Recovery, Alsana, 2021 Bringing Sport Back into Recovery, Balance ED Treatment Center, 2021 Free Your Fitness, Balance ED Treatment Center, 2021 Body Project Facilitator Training, NEDA with Ophelia’s Place, 2019 The Truth About Disordered Eating, Girls Gone Strong, 2019 Additionally, I am currently working to be recognized as an Eating Disorder Informed Professional (EDIP) through The Eating Recovery Center. I am a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professoinals (IAEDP).
  • What is an Intuitive Eating Counselor?
    A Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor (CIEC) is a degreed, allied-health professional who completes additional training in the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating to help rebuild and restore your connection to body and food. 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating Reject the Diet Mentality ​ Honor Your Hunger Make Peace with Food Challenge the Food Police Discover the Satisfaction Factor Feel Your Fullness Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness Respect Your Body Move--Feel the Difference Honor Your Health - Gentle Nutrition A CIEC is not the same as an RD or RDN. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is a degreed professional with extensive training in nutrition science who can offer medical nutritional therapy or nutritional counseling based on your specific health needs as part of your healthcare team. If you need to work with a RD/RDN, I'm happy to refer you to some great local individuals.
  • What degrees do you have?
    BS in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College MA in Health Studies/Health Promotion from The University of Alabama
  • How do you measure success without body measurements?
    There are many ways to show improvements without looking at a scale, including: mood, sleep, energy levels, stress coping techniques, feelings of confidence, aerobic capacity, balance, flexibility, strength, endurance, reduction in dysfunctional exercise habits, quality of life, ADL (activities of daily living). We will work together to choose what is most appropriate and meaningful to you.
  • What are your values and philosophy regarding health?
    Check out our informational packet with this information on Canva using this link.
  • Do you do fitness testing or assessments?
    I typically limit assessments to as-needed. In general, the answer is--it depends on the person. For some individuals, a fitness assessment can be triggering and also not needed to get started with a movement or physical activity program. I don't do any fitness assessments with individuals aiming to recover their connection to movement. For individuals who may be wanting to improve range of motion or muscular imbalances, we can work together to see what assessments might be indicated and appropriate for you. I never do scale or circumference measurements.
  • What health conditions or areas do you have experience and/or education in?
    Anxiety, arthritis, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, eating disorders, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, menopause, osteopenia, peri-menopause, trauma
  • I have a chronic health condition. What should I expect when working with you?
    Based on your diagnosis and health history, I may require a referral from your primary care provider and/or your specialist as I believe a team-approach is best. Starting out, we will discuss your goals and work from there. Progress and updates will be communicated with your referring physician on a quarterly basis as long as you are a client.
  • I have an eating disorder. Can I work with you regarding my movement?
    Yes, I work with clients who are cleared by their healthcare team to include movement in their plan of care. This would require a referral from your healthcare team and collaboration to ensure proper support is provided. I incorporate the Safe Exercise at Every Stage (SEES) guidelines. Progress and updates will be provided to your healthcare team depending on your level of recovery per the SEES guidelines.
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