What is behaviour change?
Behaviour change is focused on building individuals skills, knowledge and confidence to change their habits and behaviours.
Why would enhancing behaviour change be beneficial?
Changing lifestyle behaviours such as trying to exercise more, or eat better are difficult. Even if you are highly motivated to do so, this doesn’t guarantee success. Further, you may be able to make some significant changes over a short period but then find that after a couple of weeks you lose motivation, face setbacks and return to where you previously were. Yet the research shows that you can change and maintain behaviours successfully through applying specific principals of behaviour change from the academic literature. Integrating these principals into programmes helps people build their skills and harness the motivation needed to change. By applying the right behaviour change principals and techniques in the right dose, we can help people get to their goals faster and keep them there longer.
What I offer:
I help businesses, gyms, charities, healthcare professionals and those from the health and wellbeing fields distill the key principals of behaviour change most relevant to their goals. I do this through developing evidence-based health behaviour change programmes for more adherent clients with better long-term results.
I also run training programmes for fitness and health professionals to develop a range of behaviour change skills to apply to their practice.
The range of expertise:
- Design and delivery of health-related behaviour change programmes
- Enhancement of existing programmes to improve participant outcomes
- Digital health behaviour change support
- Bespoke training in behaviour change
- Train the trainer programmes
- Evidence-based reviews
- Evaluation guidance – both qualitative and quantitative
- Training in motivational interviewing
Testimonials about my consultancy work:
"Heather’s academic and applied understanding of behavioural psychology has been invaluable in helping Kaido mould its proposition to the corporate wellbeing market over the last 12 months. As a business that prides itself on its people, Heather was a perfect fit with the Kaido culture; enthusiastic, diligent and highly skilled in everything that she does. We look forward to working with Heather on future projects"
- RICHARD WESTMAN, CEO KAIDO
"I’ve gone from darkness to light. Heather’s programme has helped me combat the depression, brought back my ability to be active. I feel like I have done a complete 180 and feel better than I have done in years." Natalie is now back at work, after having to quit her job in the city in 2013 because of her condition.
- NATALIE, PARTICIPANT LIVING WITH A LONG TERM CONDITION
"I really enjoyed Heather’s training and the relaxed, friendly atmosphere she created. The part I liked best – the application of behaviour change in a day to day setting to help people live healthier lives."
- JACKIE, PERSONAL TRAINER AND LONG TERM CONDITION EXERCISE SPECIALIST, GLL