So, my professional degree is in mental health counseling, and although I have thus far speciailized in working with children and families, I've recently developed an interest in combining my passion for fitness with my profession. During the time I was obtaining my Master's degree from 2010-2012, I gained over 90 pounds. After I graduated, I lost the weight in about a year and discovered just how important fitness and self-care have really been to me. Getting into my field is a real challenge due to the area in which I live (which, unfortunately, won't be changing anytime soon), but people who are familiar with my personal story are constantly approaching me for advice. While I am able to give them an idea of what worked for me personally, I've decided that I am interested in becoming fully qualified to give people solid plans guaranteed to help them. So I'm trying to figure out the best way to marry my passion for helping with my passion for fitness- do I go for the ACE Health and Wellness Certifiction, or the Nutrition Certification? Or both? Or neither?
My current predicament with this question is one that can also be my ticket into this market- virtually no one in my area is specializing this way, but there is a market for it. I would be able to work not only with clients suffering from obesity and related complaints, but also those recovering from eating disorders, addictions, etc., which I truly believe could give me an edge. I just need some guidance on where to start and whether the ACE certifications in Wellness Coaching or Nutrition are going to live up to their hype.