“I have found that completing of the learning journal, case studies and assignments have really helped me understand how and what I need to change as well as how to work with clients. The supervision with Laurel has been fantastic since it helped me with the course work, coaching clients and most importantly to recognise things to improve my own life. All in all, a life changing experience!” Samixa, NHS wellbeing coach.

The role of wellness coaches is to provide a safe space for the client to explore their goals related to health and wellbeing and to facilitate the creation and implementation of actions towards those goals.

Coaches in healthcare and wellness form partnerships with their patients to optimize health and well-being by developing and sustaining healthful lifestyles. Wellness coaches help their patient enhance self-motivation and self-regulation, lever strengths, navigate the journey of change, and build other psychological resources such as mindfulness, positivity, hope, optimism, self-efficacy, and resilience.

Wellness coaching will undoubtedly be incorporated in UK mainstream healthcare in the future.   The Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills places you, the healthcare professional, in the ideal place for best practice and positive career development.


The Diploma in Wellness Coaching skills is for healthcare professionals who have some expertise e.g. nurses, nutritionists, PTs and who are therefore able to coach the client on effective changes in relation to, for example, lifestyle or diet.

Those that work in the NHS may see their role extended to that of wellness coach as patients are encouraged to take increased ownership of their LTC alongside medical interventions.

Wellness coaching is also appropriate for private sector healthcare professionals.    The growth of private healthcare lies in offering a range of solutions e.g. treatments, products, wellness coaching, and other services to potential buyers.  The patient chooses their combination and alongside the health professional, co-creates and implements their wellness programme.

How you could use this qualification 

You could use this learning with a PAYE job or enhance your skills for a new position.  You might start-up your own business or improve an existing business.  Giving this world of portfolio working, you could have a part-time position as an employee and be self-employed at the same time.

You could use what you learn on this course to: integrate into counselling, weave into a complementary therapy practice, enhance nursing skills, work with baby-boomers, move into corporate wellbeing, improve a long-term-condition management service, develop wellness programmes for health and wellbeing charities, specialise in wellness programmes e.g. pregnancy or positive aging, offer wellness coaching to NHS services, enhance fitness e.g personal training or weight management, work with parents/families, offer services to health clubs and spas or work with community organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

NOTE:  If you’re interested in this course but don’t have a wellness professional background, you may be interested in the Integrated Diploma in Resilience and Wellness Coaching we offer. The Integrated Diploma provides the additional coaching qualification in resilience which practitioners can then include in their coaching as a specialism.


You can take up to two years to complete this course which is delivered through blended learning (a mixture of supported distance learning and supervised skills development).  The skills development can be taken via face-to-face monthly groups in Brighton or remotely. You can start the course at any time of the year.

wellness book coverYour tutor for this course is Laurel Alexander, author of How to Incorporate Wellness Coaching into your Therapeutic Practice (Jessica Kingsley).

‘Excellently written book, full of practical advice for any therapist/counselor. Highly recommended. I find that most other books brush over the practical demonstrations of application and concentrate upon theoretical attributes instead, however, Laurel’s book is exceptionally written and combines practical use within the context of theoretical perspectives. This book uses alternative/holistic approaches to coaching as well as psychological and cognitive behavioral coaching. A must-read for anyone interested in becoming a coaching psychologist, stress management therapist or wellness coach alone.’

I am using your book in my post masters integrative therapy course.  It’s great.  E.C. nurse practitioner

  • Supervised skills development options: Choose how you want your supervised skills development:

    – face-to-face group workshops held monthly in Brighton, Sussex, UK or

    – online video calls

  • Accreditation and credibility:

    – Accreditation from the Association for Coaching (AC).

    – Accreditation from the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP).

    – Approved by the UK Health Coaches Association (UKHCA).

    – CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) and the NCP.

    – There is the opportunity to apply for full membership of the AC, NCP and CMA upon qualification depending on criteria fulfilment.

  • Community:  Access to Wellness Professionals at Work Learning Hub on Facebook. You can also work with a study-buddy.
  • Materials and resources provided: Course textbooks and learning materials.
  • Tutor support: Quick turnaround for queries and marking (one week) with support by email, phone and online.  You are constantly encouraged with quality feedback and challenge.
  • Marketing consultation: Included in the course fee is a 30-minute marketing consultation with Karan Hopper of Kameleon Marketing.
  • Business start-up coaching:  Included in the course fee is two hours of business start-up coaching.

The course has undergone rigorous scrutiny to ensure it meets the criteria of each accrediting body and is equivalent to a level 4.

Complementary Medical Association (CMA)

Wellness Professionals at Work is a recognized and authorized course provider of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).   This course carries CPD points (one point for every hour of study or skills development). Following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full membership.

National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

Wellness Professionals at Work is a training provider member of the NCP as well as being an accredited CPD centre.  The Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills will provide you with a professional qualification and is accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP). The NCP is one of the longest established and prestigious societies of its type in the UK and enjoys an international reputation.  Student membership is included in your fee when you are accepted onto the Diploma and following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full NCP membership.

Thank you so much for your time and patience Laurel.  I’ve learnt so much, not just for business, but for life itself.  It’s been fantastic.  Steve Hollis, personal trainer

Association for Coaching (AC)


Wellness Professionals at Work is an organizational and training provider member of the Association for Coaching (AC) and is committed to the ethical development of coaching as a profession. This Diploma is accredited by the AC and student membership for one year is included in the course fee. Following successful completion of the Diploma and the gaining of coaching hours, you are eligible to apply for membership of the Association which has international recognition.

This is a well-structured course encompassing a wide variety of topics, use of models and incorporating a range of learning methods – The self-study elements of the course are clearly detailed in terms of what the students are required to do – coaching practice requirements are clearly outlined, including how many hours, who observes and how feedback is given and received – comprehensive details of how the feedback, reflective work and supervision informs and develops the students’ learning experience – there is a clear description of the assessment methods and evaluation process used throughout this programme. Association for Coaching

UK Health Coaches Association (UKHCA)

UKHCA  is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the professional development and advancement of health coaches practising in the UK.  Wellness Professionals at Work is an approved health coach training school with UKHCA.  The Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills has been assessed by UKHCA as a full health coach training course and graduates will be accepted for UKHCA membership, subject to membership criteria being fulfilled.


Stage One:  Pre-Course Reading

Prior to your skills development, you will need to read the provided textbook (s).

Stage Two:  Supervised Skills Development and Supported Distance Learning

The supervised skills development and supported distance learning run concurrently.

Supervised skills development

You need to complete 40 hours of supervised skills development before you take on case studies.

There are two different ways you could have your skills development:

1         Saturday (Brighton) supervised skills development workshops

You need to attend eight Saturday workshops before taking on case studies. You can start your workshops at any time of the year and they need not be consecutive attendance. These run from 10 am – 4 pm on the following dates:


13 April – 11 May – 8 June – 13 July – 14 September – 12 October – 9 November – 14 December


18 January – 8 February – 21 March – 18 April – 16 May – 20 June – 18 July – 19 September – 10 October – 14 November – 5 December

2         Saturday (online) supervised skills development workshops

These skills development workshops run two Saturdays each month via Zoom.  During these online workshops, you will be working with fellow students in a small group.  You will be trained to deliver remote coaching to a fellow student and be coached yourself.  These online workshops run on the following dates:


15 and 29 June – 6 and 20 July – 7 and 21 September – 5 and 19 October – 2 and 6 November – 7 December  EXTRA ONLINE WORKSHOPS FOR 2019:  28 September – 26 October – 30 November


11 and 25 January – 1 and 15 February – 7 and 28 March – 4 and 25 April – 9 and 30 May – 13 and 27 June – 11 and 25 July – 12 and 26 September – 3 and 31 October – 7 and 21 November – 12 December

Other features of the online workshops:

  • The day will run from 9am until 5pm.
  • Each coaching session will be 30 minutes.
  • There will be regular comfort breaks.
  • There will be a minimum of two students (with a shorter day) to a maximum of six students.
  • You can attend Brighton workshops IF there are places available.

Each hour you’re attending the online workshop counts towards your supervised skills development time.  You can start your online workshops at any time of the year, and they need not be consecutive attendance.

Supported distance learning

You can go at your own pace for distance learning with the full support of your tutor.  This is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge you need in order to practice wellness coaching. As well as the pre-course reading, additional textbooks are provided. Based on this reading and your self-directed study, you complete assignments at your own pace. Completed work is passed onto your tutor for marking and comment and returned to you together with the next module.


What wellness is – The changing face of healthcare – Integrated healthcare – Conventional and complementary healthcare mindsets – Areas of life which contribute to wellness – Mindbody integration – Health coaching models

Long-term-condition (LTC) self-management: diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, obesity, cardiovascular disease, addiction, disability, pain, respiratory – Key issues when coaching clients with LTC – Preventative wellness coaching – Principles of health behaviour change

Differences between coaching, counselling and mentoring – AC Coaching Competency Framework – AC Code of Ethics and Good Practice – How people learn – GROW Model – Other coaching models – Facilitating coaching sessions – Showing attention and interest – Using exploration skills – Showing understanding skills – Using action skills – Change management – Coaching management:  supervision, record keeping, confidentiality, insurance, data protection


Defining cognitive behavioural coaching (CBC) – The 8-step process to using CBC in wellness coaching: Problem identification – The CBC choice – Goal selection – Exploring and challenging faulty thinking – Choices and consequences – Decision-making and action planning – Implementation – Evaluation


Reflective listening – open questions –  summarising –  recognising and reinforcing change talk –  eliciting and strengthening change talk –  managing resistance –  consolidating client commitment

To understand the key principles of solution-focused coaching:  focus on solutions not problems, questioning, solution talk

Values, right and self-esteem – The assertive person – Using CBC techniques to improve self esteem

Time management – healthy eating – complementary therapies – smoking cessation – fitness – environmental health – work/life balance


Defining mindfulness – Physiological influence of mindfulness –  Mindfulness in daily living – The link between wellbeing and human spirituality – Personal Meaning Profile – Coping Schemas Inventory – The Wheel of Life – Labyrinths

Personal tele-coaching – Group tele-coaching – Personal face-to-face coaching – Personal coaching by Skype – Face-to-face group coaching – Webinars – Teleseminars – Email coaching – Products

You are required to keep a learning journal throughout the course. This records your personal and professional learning experiences related to the Diploma.

Stage Three:  Case Studies

Following your supervised skills development, you need to complete fifty hours of case studies. You complete all case studies in your own time and location, under remote supervision from your tutor.

Stage Four:  CPD and Course Evaluation


You will be assessed: during your supervised skills development, via assignments, case studies and reflective learning journal.


Laurel Alexander and Jan Eaton are the tutors on this course.

Laurel, Director of Studies is the distance learning support tutor for your modules, learning journal and case studies as well as your facilitator on the online supervised skills development workshops.






Jan is your facilitator on the Brighton supervised skills development workshops.  You can meet Laurel and Jan at our Meet the Team page.


We are delighted to offer all Diploma students a free 30 minute marketing consultation with our marketing partner Kameleon Marketing. Kameleon Marketing offer affordable, flexible marketing services and consultancy for small businesses, sole traders and start-ups. For more information about Kameleon Marketing visit www.kameleon-marketing.com.


Here’s what some of our Diploma Students have said:

Over the last two and a half years, I have learned tremendously. I am hugely satisfied with the course I have selected and cannot thank my tutor (Laurel) enough. She has enlightened me, been a wonderful guide, supported me every step of the way and become a wonderful friend too. I feel privileged to have collaborated with her and I would strongly recommend the course to anyone interested in wellness and/or coaching. Sophie Smalley, nutritionist, employee wellness specialist

The knowledge and feedback of the tutor was excellent. D. nurse and NHS wellbeing coach


I believe I am much more objective, patient and a far better listener as a result of this course. The helpfulness and knowledge of the tutor was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt I got a lot out of it. It’s certainly given me the confidence to coach as I have had such positive feedback from my case studies. Kate Tierney, writer and therapist


I have learnt a massive amount around health and wellbeing, much of which I refer to regularly, either generally and/or when coaching, particularly around nutrition, activity, the benefit of good quality vitamins and supplements, value of relaxation and the use of some of the CBC techniques. A well thought out, put together and presented course which will add value to your coaching practice and personal health and wellbeing. Cathy Lawson, coach


The three greatest strengths of this training have been: the excellent knowledge of Laurel and her approachable and supportive manner and my increased confidence level. Shiny, nurse and NHS wellbeing coach


Laurel is a supportive and understanding tutor who takes time to understand her students’ contexts. Professionally, the high standards set by her have made me feel very well qualified in this field. Laurel is extremely meticulous with her feedback, so I have able to refine my coaching techniques. The final task of completing a business plan was extremely valuable. Emily Beckwith, project manager.


The most important things I have learnt during this course have been; how not to lead a client, how to set goals and the GROW model. Dianne N. nurse and NHS wellbeing coach


Your fee includes:

  • accreditation from the Association for Coaching (AC)
  • CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association
  • accreditation and CPD recognition from the National Council of Psychotherapists
  • opportunity to apply for full membership (UKHCA, AC, NCP and CMA) upon criteria fulfilment
  • access to Wellness Professionals at Work Learning Hub on Facebook
  • study-buddies
  • course textbooks and learning materials
  • over 200 hours of distance learning tutor support
  • 90 hours of supervised skills development
  • two hour of business start-up coaching
  • occasional Wellness Professionals at Work members newsletter

Fees and payment plan depending on delivery options.  Either:

  1. BRIGHTON – Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills (workshop attendance in Brighton, Sussex) £1,599.

Payment options:

  • Pay in FULL in advance to receive 10% discount – just £1,439.
  • Pay an initial £349 upon enrolment plus ten instalments by standing order of £125.

  1. REMOTE – Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills (online workshop attendance) £1,899.

Payment options:

  • Pay in FULL in advance to receive 10% discount – just £1,709.
  • Pay an initial £449 upon enrolment plus ten instalments by standing order of £145.

UK postal charges are included in the above costs. International postage will incur additional costs.  Please email Laurel on info@laurelalexander.co.uk to ascertain the extra cost.

You can pay by bank transfer or online.


1           Send an email informing of your payment to info@laurelalexander.co.uk and complete and return this enrolment form

2          Pay online here or contact Laurel to make a bank transfer arrangement