Amber Reed takes time to refresh her own sense of wellbeing first before helping others take the best care of themselves. For ten years, Amber spent her career in academia and teaching before she decided to take time for herself with a focus on self-care and personal wellness. A realization that some of her painful medical struggles were something she didn’t want others to go through is an important part of understanding her story and journey.
“So you plant your own garden and embellish your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring flowers to you.”
-Jorge Luis Borges
Amber tended to her own garden. After completing her BS in Nutrition at UNCG , Amber had a realization and sums it up to say she “…didn’t want to tell people what to do.” Health coaching became a way for Amber to be able to help people look for ways to care for themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She even thinks of health coaching as the “missing piece” in the health care system.
With three degrees from UNC Greensboro in Biology, Nutrition, and Sociology (as well as a minor in psychology), Amber added the credential of National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) to qualifications. Amber’s current position as a Peer Support Specialist at a local non-profit is balanced with her health coaching practice Balanced Energies, LLC. And Amber doesn’t stop there! She is certified in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and HeartMath as well. Along with her long list of accolades, she is taking several courses which will result in her becoming a certified and registered yoga teacher in the upcoming future.
Any of Amber’s clients can expect an empathetic ear- a special time away from the busy day where you can express your feelings, needs and fears and be heard. Amber has a calming presence that may have come from her academic accomplishments yet could be informed by her self-compassion and personal journey to wellness. Amber’s coaching practice incorporates a range of strategies to assist her clients as they create sustainable change in their life. From a healthy mind and body with even a focus on gut health, if the client is interested. While the pandemic may have caused a dip in her coaching practice, you can be sure to know Amber is still tending to her garden and continues to share her harvest with all around her.
Written by Faith Culbertson