Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the coaching geared towards?
Daniel offers his expertise to all people regardless of their current state of health. Clients range from those with specific conditions that they would like to work through, to those that already feel like they are on the right track with their health, but would like some clear insight into whether they are doing the right thing. Daniel also takes into account the fact that often individuals that need guidance are also part of families. The sessions therefore take into account how to make positive changes with minimum disruption. There is no point in being prescriptive where changes are simply not practical.
What conditions is Daniel able to help with?
Coaching can be extremely beneficial for a wide variety of complaints. Daniel specialises in the areas of digestive health, joint health, hormonal balance, immunity, and reproductive health, but the scope of nutritional coaching embraces far more than just dealing with symptoms and instead offers individuals a route back to overall well-being. Because of this, virtually any ‘condition’ can be improved through the coaching. Most importantly, the sessions are geared towards exploring each person’s relationship to food and eating, and this is crucial to making lasting changes.
What do you mean by a ‘tailor-made’ program?
Your body is unique, so your needs will be, too. Daniel meets each person with an understanding that any nutritional programme needs to harmonise deeply with you as an individual. There is no prescriptive agenda or formulaic dietary approach, just good common sense geared towards the wellness within you. Daniel often helps those who would like to eat more consciously, but feel overwhelmed with where/how to begin. The approach is a gentle one – radical changes seldom win out in the long run.
What do you mean by ‘wellness?’
While good eating habits are the cornerstone of a healthy body, your overall wellness covers a much broader sense of how you are living and experiencing each day. Daniel is able to draw on a wide variety of disciplines which can steer you to better health long-term. Changes that you make need to be sustainable and realistic, and in many ways Daniel’s approach bridges the gap between counseling, life coaching and nutrition. Each client is invited to take the best steps towards having a better relationship with their bodies and the food that they eat. The idea is to look at the possibilities and then implement those changes in a sensible manner.
How many sessions will I need?
Each person is different. The minimum commitment is to three sessions, and in many cases this may be all that is needed with occasional follow-up sessions. It depends entirely on the needs of each individual, and Daniel is available for ongoing support as required.
Do sessions need to be in person?
No. In fact most of Daniel’s clients have their sessions via Skype. This is a wonderful way of ‘meeting’ for sessions regardless of where you live. It also allows for greater flexibility in booking sessions at a time most convenient for you. Do not underestimate the value of video call sessions! In many ways it offers the perfect combination of being in a virtual face-to-face, but still have the comfort and reassurance of being at home.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation is R650 and is usually one and a half hours. Subsequent sessions are R450 for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Will I have to spend a lot on supplements?
Daniel is interested in targeted nutrition and spends a lot of time researching and writing about various fads in nutrition. His approach is never ‘one-size-fits-all’ so supplementation is only suggested as it is needed, and where it is sensible. Ideally individuals are encouraged to make positive changes to all aspects of their well-being, instead of relying solely on extensive supplementation.
Will my medical aid cover these sessions?
The sad news is that at this stage probably not. This may change in the near future, so do stay in touch. Also, please do get in touch if you really would like to receive coaching but have limited funds. There is always a plan B, and Daniel will never turn someone away just because they cannot afford the full price. Some clients benefit so much from the sessions that it is also not unheard of them to pay some sessions forward for others. Kindness is the key!
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
Each new client is asked to fill in a questionnaire before their first appointment. This is extremely useful to get a clear idea of where to begin in the first session. Depending on how much time the client needs to fill the information in, it would be safe to say that a first appointment can be made within 1-2 weeks depending on availability.
If you have a specific question that you feel has not been covered in this FAQ, please get in touch via the contact form, or drop Daniel a line at firstname.lastname@example.org