Become your own best self-advocate

You can take back your life from pain and fatigue!

Join the Collective today

We give you lifestyle tools to help you feel better.

Relief from your symptoms is possible. Having the support of a community of like-minded women and coaches makes the journey fun and engaging!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we show you where to start.

Our members are women like yourself who are dealing with diagnoses like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, ulcerative colitis, adrenal insufficiency, and hypothyroidism.

Suffering chronic stress, pain, fatigue, anxiety, and illness?

Symptoms don’t need to impact your daily life, career, or relationships.

Better health is about more than just nutrition and exercise.

You need to get to the root of why you are sick to find the motivation to change. 

It IS possible to overcome your pain and fatigue. You can escape the cycle of worsening flare-ups. You don’t have to remain a victim of your diagnosis. You can learn to live each beautiful day of your life to the fullest!

Can you relate?

Here are some common challenges: 

  • Stress management
  • Confusing diets
  • No time for self-care
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Symptom management
  • Acceptance of diagnosis
  • Misunderstood by friends
  • Unsupportive doctors
  • Medication management
  • Unemployment
  • No health insurance
  • Lack of routine

Imagine a new reality:

  • Less pain
  • More energy
  • Improved nutrition
  • Healed digestion
  • Better coping with stress
  • Enhanced exercise routine
  • Improved cognition
  • Less anxiety
  • Healthier relationships
  • Better social lives
  • More organized schedules
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Stronger immune systems
  • Weight loss
  • Return to productive careers
Community is the key to coping with chronic symptoms.
Here there is a sense of belonging and profound relief to hear stories that are similar to yours. Each of our members is on their own path to healing form chronic stress, anxiety, fatigue, pain, and illness. You don’t have to feel like it’s “all in your head” anymore!

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?

If you’re like many of our members when they first arrive, you’re probably feeling a little beat up by the healthcare system and frustrated that you still haven’t found satisfying answers about your health.

We have years of success empowering women to take back responsibility for their own health. You don’t have to identify with your diagnosis – it’s only a small part of your story. We are here to help you get back to living a full life because the world needs more of what you have to offer – your creativity, intelligence, and passion.

Have you already thrown too much money down the drain?

We understand the feeling of desperation when you’re willing to try anything to feel better! And the sad fact is that there are many so-called experts willing to take your money in return for empty promises.

When you are ready to commit to transforming your health, you shouldn’t have to empty your wallet. We want to empower you to educate yourself with the support of a whole community and team of coaches.

"I’ve gone from feeling hopeless to hopeful."

Before working with a Chronic Wellness Coach, I was in constant pain not even able to get out of bed. I felt like this was going to be my life now (with my future looking bleak). Since going through the coaching program, I’ve been able to take control of my illness and not have it control me– Diane

"I am not alone in this world of chronic illness"

“I benefited from a community of women to connect with. I feel significantly less overwhelmed and that alone is a huge relief for me. The biggest ah-ha moment for me was how important it is that I take care of myself. – Carley

"Talking to a coach about my illness has been empowering."

Before a Chronic Wellness Coach came into my life, I had become extremely isolated. Out of shame, I kept my illness a secret and as it got worse, so did I. I no longer suffer in silence because she has given me the tools to be able to discuss it with my family, friends, and doctors without feeling guilt or shame. – Hattie

Our step-by-step guidance leads to lasting health transformation.

Our programs are designed
by board-certified Nurse Coaches.

We bring you the latest scientific research and teach you how to trust your body’s innate wisdom.

Our mission is to bridge the gaps between conventional medicine and holistic health. 

You deserve to be empowered to make healthcare choices that are in alignment with your personal values.

Chronic Wellness Self-Advocate Curriculum

Week 1: Getting Started - Know Your Why
  • Finding motivation by knowing your “why”
  • Commiting to your own healing
  • Daily journal template
Week 2: Understand Symptoms as Messengers
  • Connecting the biological purpose of symptoms
  • Releasing fear of illness
  • Symptom Tracker & Inflammation Quiz
Week 3: Diagnose the Root Causes
  • Get the holistic care you need
  • Learn to speak your doctor’s language
  • Find alternatives to conventional healthcare
  • Piece together your complete health history
  • Understand root causes of chronic symptoms
Week 4: Manage Stress with Mindfulness
  • Understanding the chronic stress response
  • How breathing affects your symptoms
  • Identifying your stressful triggers
  • Creating a mindful morning routine
Week 5: Challenge Limiting Beliefs
  • How limiting beliefs affect your health
  • Overcoming negative and critical self-talk
  • Rewiring the brain for success
  • How positive affirmations create a new personality
Week 6: Create Your Vision
  • Get clear on your ideal future
  • Visualize your success
  • Set attainable goals for your life
  • Learn how to make progress step-by-step
  • Trust the process
Week 7: Support Your Body
  • Get an introduction to elimination diets
  • How to create a list of foods to include/avoid
  • Learn to deal with nutrition information overwhelm
  • Daily food journal
  • Symptom tracker & inflammation quiz
  • Detox your personal products and home
Week 8: Avoid Recurring Flare-Ups
  • Planning rest and sleep
  • Avoiding the cycle of overdoing/crashing
  • Giving yourself permission
  • Self-care assessment

Katherine Housh, BSN, RN, HWNC-BC

Katherine is board certified as a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach with the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is certified in trauma-informed care. She was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as a teenager and Addison’s disease as an adult.

Her passion is helping women transform the emotional and traumatic root causes of their illness, while promoting healthy lifestyle habits, such as mindfulness, energy budgeting, intuitive eating, gentle movement, and energy work.

Today Katherine lives in Sacramento, CA, with her husband. She owns a private coaching practice where she provides online courses and sessions and devotes much of her time to her spiritual community and volunteer ministry. When not busy with those activities, she enjoys reading non-fiction, writing about her experiences, cooking from scratch, gardening in her small yard, and spending time with family and friends.

Jesse St. Jean, FNTP, Certified AIP Coach

Working with clients both individually and in group settings, Jesse is the author behind the blog AIPsisterhood.com, where she shares Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) friendly recipes and holistic nutrition tips, as well as writes about life with chronic illness. She has been featured on podcasts such as “Phoenix Helix” and “Emotional Autoimmunity” and her work has been published on a variety of sites including “The Paleo Mom” and “Empowered Sustenance.”

Her mission is to empower all women autoimmune warriors to take control of their health by teaching each woman how to make personalized food choices to heal her body while confidently owning her journey so she can live a vibrant life with chronic illness.

Like many health coaches, Jesse was motivated by her own journey living with autoimmune disease (Ulcerative Colitis) and chronic illness (Chronic Lyme Disease) to pursue her dream career of becoming a health & nutrition coach to personally serve resilient women, helping them reclaim their health and vibrancy.

Ashley Durant, BSN, RN, HWNC-BC

Ashley is board certified as a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach through the AHNA. After a traumatic birth recovery and falling through the cracks of the conventional healthcare system herself, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, Celiac disease, Chronic Lyme, POTS and PTSD.

This is where her passion to help others manage the complexities of autoimmune disease or those in search of a diagnosis from a trauma aware perspective, really set fire. Empowering women to find their fierce, advocate for themselves and their families while living an intentional, abundant life despite their diagnosis is her calling.

Ashley lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and three-year-old daughter. She owns her own private coaching practice. In her free time, she likes to garden, read, listen to podcasts, get creative in the kitchen, minimize her impact on the environment, and ANYTHING that gets her out in nature. She is a perpetual student and has a never-ending curiosity for learning something new.

Healthy women nurture healthy communities.

Our tools are designed for all learning styles.

We incorporate reading materials, video trainings, worksheets, journal exercises, discussion topics, and more.

The most powerful moments take place on our group coaching sessions. 

Whether you prefer to listen and observe or to share and participate, this is your chance to connect with other women who understand your struggles and victories.

Supportive peer
community

Interact with women around the world with the same goal of taking back their health.

  • Online support forums
  • Accountability partners
  • Feedback from experts
Interactive online
course

Access the learning platform in the comfort of home with online modules.

  • New modules every week
  • Self-paced resources
  • Lifetime access
Small group health
coaching

Practice new skills, apply what you’re learning, and receive feedback in real time.

  • LIVE Zoom calls
  • Recorded replays
  • Maximum 20 participants

We make chronic wellness accessible + affordable.

Here’s what happens when you become a member:
Benefit from the support of women who understand.
We have a thriving online community of women who are showing up every day to encourage one another. No matter where you are on your healing journey, there is a place for you if you are ready to dig deep, form connections, and bravely try new things! Our members are well-informed women who have spent hours diligently researching their conditions. Yet as one woman stated, “I thought I knew it all when it came to holistic health. How wrong I was!” She was happy to learn that there was more to discover from others on the same path.

Some of our members are living with:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)
  • Lymphedema
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Hashiomoto’s
  • Addison’s disease
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic Lyme disease
  • Chronic Lyme disease
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • SIBO or chronic candida
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
  • Anxiety
  • Dysautonomia or POTS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Chronic migraines
  • Endometriosis
  • Interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)
  • Chronic back pain
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Celiac disease
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • …and more
Despite having the commonality of chronic health challenges, our focus at the Collective is not on the diagnosis, but on the WHOLE person. We believe that you are so much more than the name of a disease or a medication. We are not dogmatic about specific treatments or practitioners, but about helping you connect with what feels right for YOU.

Each month we host free community calls via Zoom and have a virtual chat forum via Slack that is facilitated by our members and coaches to stay motivated.

Here is what some of our members have to say:

"We were given a lot of useful tools that we can continue to use on our own going forward."

I’m still working my way through the material,  but I appreciate the availability of the coaches during the program and the opportunities for support from the group.

"The CWC has been an incredible resource and community!"

I have gained so much insight into what I am facing with gut issues and feel very knowledgable on how to start approaching doctors, blood work, and all that comes with it. I also feel like I have a huge community to help support this journey.

“Having the group made such a positive impact."

When we all joined, everyone introduced themselves and shared their journey. Simply knowing that you aren’t alone in the things that you experience is empowering. Also, witnessing how incredible, accomplished, and positive all the women in the group were while living with various illnesses motivated and inspired me to think and dream bigger in my own life.
Work with coaches to transform your health.
Our team includes Nurse Coaches, Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioners, and Health Coaches. They are passionate about using their time and energy to help other women learn to overcome symptoms of anxiety, pain, and fatigue.
Learn more about their backgrounds and training here.

Specialties include:

  • Autoimmune disease and protocol
  • Functional nutrition and gut health
  • Chronic Lyme disease and co-infections
  • Toxic mold exposure and detoxification
  • Trauma and abuse recovery
  • Neuroplasticity and brain retraining
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion
  • …and more!
Private coaching provides guidance and accountability.

Becoming a member means access to our directory of experienced coaches. You can browse through to see whose mission, personality, and expertise feels like the best fit. Then, on a free consultation, our Coaching Coordinator can help match you with the coach that is right for you.

There is an additional cost for 1:1 sessions, but this is substantially offset by contributions from donors. Out-of-pocket, a 50-minute session with one of our coaches could cost upwards of $150. Instead, we only charge a fraction of that!

Learn more about our coaching options at the Collective.

Empower yourself today

and get immediate access to:

More energy and peace of mind in just 8 weeks, PLUS:

 

  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Enhanced self-esteem and confidence
  • Inner peace and calm
  • Relaxed nervous system
  • Vibrant skin and digestion
  • Enhanced energy and stamina
  • Satisfying relationships
  • Time for yourself
  • Clean and organized home
  • Easy digestion
  • Flexibility and endurance
  • Purpose and productivity at work

Here is what’s included:

Online modules via Practice Better

Study materials are self-paced for your convenience. Choose the new monthly topics that are most important to you.
(30 min/week)

Downloadable worksheets and journal pages

Making time for self-reflection allows you to make the most of the information and apply it to your own life.
(5 min/day)

Group chat with coaches and community via Slack

Check in with your peers and coaches between sessions. Make new friends around the world.
(10 min/week)

Group coaching sessions via Zoom:

Because we serve members around the globe, we do our best to accommodate multiple time zones. Sometimes we stagger times so that all may be able to attend some.

For those unable to attend live, we post a recorded replay available to program participants only.
(60 min/week)

Weekly sessions are hosted on Saturdays.

FREE!

($297 Total Value)

Annual
Member
 Get immediate access to:

  • Online Self-Advocate program
  • Community Slack forum
  • Weekly Zoom sessions
  • Monthly module topics
  • Discounted private coaching

 

Still not sure if this is right for you?

Check out the answers to some of our frequently asked questions and concerns.

I can't afford to pay the membership fee.
Everyone’s financial circumstances are different.

We find that when members invest in themselves, they are committed to doing the work (and therefore experience better results). Generous donors help cover operating costs. Some members donate to cover the cost for those with limited incomes.

If this amount is not doable for you, we have a limited number of scholarships offered every year. When you fill out your application, you can request financial assistance here.

I'm not sure coaching is right for me.
Coaching is not the same as therapy.

In fact, it is likely different from anything you’ve tried before. It’s not about asking for (or receiving) advice. In the coaching relationship – YOU are the expert.

Our nurse coaches are trained to help you feel at ease. Gently pushing outside your comfort zone allows you to explore new perspectives. You can unlock your own potential to create better health.

Our recommendation if you are unsure is to give it a try for a month and see how far you can get with the right support and resources.

I don't like to be on video group calls.
You get to choose how you participate.

Many women feel the way you do. It’s normal to be hesitant to share your story with a group of relative strangers. Our coaches are expert facilitators. They are here to guide the conversation in a safe space.

Even our most shy members often report that once they get to know their group, they are eager to participate. For some, they are happy to jump on video, others just want to listen in by audio, and still more prefer the group chats online.

Whatever your preferred method of communication, there is an incredible sense of community that is formed by sharing with others who can relate to your experiences with chronic illness.

 

I'm busy and afraid I'll get behind in the program.
You set the pace in the comfort of your own home.

Our programs are cumulative. This means that we work through each step in a specific order to bring you the best results. There are no due dates and you will have access to the materials for as long as you are a member.

Some concepts may be new for you. They may require more time for you to explore. Others modules may be very familiar. You may be able to breeze right through them.

We try to allow for space and flexibility so that you can choose the pace and rhythm that works best for you. Group sessions are scheduled every two weeks and we recommend attending them regularly. Even if you have yet to complete the assignments, you will still benefit from joining the discussion.

I only want to work with a private coach.
We have a directory of private coaches available.

We are continuing to grow as a non-profit. At this point, we have a limited number of private coaching hours we are able to offer our members. We want to make sure that these hours are allotted to those who are committed to the coaching process.

The best way to decide if our organization (and coaching in general) is the right fit for you is to work through our group program first. The tools and concepts we help you apply are proven to be effective for hundreds of women with chronic illness. Many women find that they make even faster progress when working with the support of a whole group of women.

Katherine Housh

of Nurse Coach Katherine
Executive Director

Questions about our programs?

Let us know if you need more information about an upcoming program.