Introduction: The objective of this exploratory qualitative study was to examine the experience of persons living with type II diabetes who participated in a health coaching intervention. Methods: The researchers used a qualitative phenomenological hermeneutic research design to explore the experiences of people undergoing health coaching for self-management of their diabetes. Results: Qualitative data analysis resulted in three themes that best described participants' experience of health coaching for diabetes: (1) 'the driving force,' which described how health coaches helped clients to find powerful motivators for change; (2) 'I'm not a child,' which described how people wanted to be treated by the health coaches; and (3) 'meeting the inner coach,' which described how health coaches helped clients develop their own inner wisdom. Discussion: The participants' descriptions of coaching challenge a more traditional paradigm of expert-driven and information-laden diabetes education practices. The findings suggest that the process of health coaching may help persons with diabetes become confident self-managers of their diabetes.
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