Looking For Change In Our Clients

As an osteopath I am regularly working with clients in both the private practice setting and also corporate health and wellbeing setting that are looking for change.  Clients focus of change is often around the health and wellbeing space (getting out of pain, improving their day to day function, sleeping better, eating more healthy, exercising more, working less, improving their work life balance).  These are all common focus points of change that we can all relate to.  Since undertaking my Level 1/2 Wellness Coaching Course (Wellness Coaching Australia) and Motivational Interviewing Course (Mentha Consulting) I have been much more focused on looking for change talk in my clients.  Change talk is when an individual communicates in a way that is positively focused on a change topic i.e. optimism for change, discussing the negatives of staying the same and not changing etc.  When I am listening for this change talk I am also looking to gain some insight into how the individual rates the importance of change as well as confidence and readiness to change.  Typically when change talk closely aligns with ones strengths and values I see an increased likelihood of change.  When communicating with the client I am also looking for hope of change, relevance of change and optimism for change.  Through the power of communication, if I can help them identify and align their change talk to these themes, then we are well on the way to getting action.  Next time you are working with a client or even considering change yourself, think about how this change focus might align with some of your core values.  The next step is committing to change, planning and then putting this into action.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics. The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation. The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation. To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.

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