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Wellness Coaching

If you have a goal you are working towards or any lifestyle change that you are interested in developing (managing stress, being more active, eating healthier, finding more overall balance in life- just to name a few), coaching can be a catalyst for implementing that change you seek!  You are the expert in your own life and know where you want to go, but maybe you are feeling ‘stuck’ or aren’t sure how to get there… that is where a coach can help!

What is Professional Wellness Coaching?

Professional Wellness Coaching is a collaborative partnership between a student and board-certified professional wellness coach to help you assess what is currently working for you, what may not be working as well, and to clearly identify your life’s vision so you can begin taking purposeful action steps towards it!  Board-certified professional wellness coaches are trained in integrative health and wellness Coaching - a holistic, evidence-based approach centered on creating action plans and providing ongoing support to get you the results you want.  We utilize strategies like motivational interviewing and take a holistic approach to health using our eight (8) dimensions of wellness framework.

What types of support can board-certified professional wellness coaches offer?

  • Defining/refining your life vision and goals
  • Goal Setting
  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Focus/Resiliency
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Self Care
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Improving Self-confidence
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Almost any non-clinical self-improvement and growth topics

How is Professional Wellness Coaching different from Counseling?

Professional Wellness CoachingCounseling
An evidence-based practice that focuses on practical skills to support students' individual goals and promote self-determination. Supports students to enhance their holistic well-being through identification of their values, strengths and goal-directed behavior change.A service provided by CAPS or other mental health professionals that uses therapeutic modalities to offer confidential support and treatment for student mental health needs.
Coaching sessions are private, not confidential. Coaches are required to disclose reports of sexual misconduct or indications of harming self/others. Coaches are Responsible Employees.CAPS staff are licensed mental health providers who are committed to being a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.
Empowers clients through thoughtful communication and motivation strategies to promote behavior changes to develop a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle.CAPS staff work with students through a variety of modalities to cultivate emotional well-being by addressing interpersonal concerns, anxiety, depression, psychiatric medication management and more.
*Coaching and counseling services can be used in conjunction and certain situations may benefit from both services. Wellness coaches can help facilitate lifestyle changes for symptom management related to mental health concerns.

Session Characteristics

  • Meet 1 on 1 with a professional coach as often as you request (usually weekly or bi-weekly)
  • Sessions last 45-60 minutes and are private and virtual
  • Coaching partnerships are long-term and can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months (or beyond)
  • Conversations are student-centered and judgment-free, prioritizing your current goals and lifestyle
  • Areas of focus can include but aren't limited to stress management, self-care practices, sleep hygiene, or refining your life vision and values.
  • After a session, you will feel empowered, accountable, and motivated! 

How do I get started? 

Professional wellness coaching is a service offered by Student Wellness at no cost to students!  Fill out the Wellness Coaching Interest Form and you will be connected with a coach of best fit within the next week. 

What is the role/scope of practice for a Professional Wellness Coach?

Board-certified professional wellness coaches will first help you assess your overall well-being, and then support you as you develop action plans and create behavior changes to sustain the healthy lifestyle you desire. While wellness coaches do not diagnose conditions, prescribe treatments, or provide psychological therapeutic interventions, they do empower you to utilize your strengths, skills and abilities to navigate life’s challenges. To do this, they may provide expert guidance in areas in which they hold active, nationally recognized credentials, and may offer resources from nationally recognized authorities.

Our Board-Certified Professional Wellness Coaches

Our Professional Wellness Coaching services will begin after Labor Day.

Click below to meet some of our coaches.

How private are my conversations with a Professional Wellness Coach?

All coaching sessions are confidential.  No report will be made to other campus departments or officials or your parents or family without your formal written consent with the exceptions of hurting oneself or others.

Professional Wellness Coaching Interest Form

Thank you for being interested in Wellness Coaching. We are excited to connect you with a professional Coach who will support and guide you as you work towards your goals.

Remember for emergency needs, call 911. For mental health counseling services or crisis call CAPS 24/7 919-966-3658. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 or accessing the Live Chat.

Professional Wellness Coaching Interest Form

The following questions help us understand who is and isn't requesting Holistic Wellbeing Coaching and will help your coach best serve your needs. Please complete what feels comfortable to you. 

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