University Health Service

Model of Personal Well-Being

Virtual and in-person coaching now available.

Wellness Coaching is a free, holistic approach that optimizes wellness for student success via a collaborative, non-judgmental, confidential partnership with a coach. Undergraduate and graduate students can:

  • Examine values and motivations
  • Address stressors including COVID concerns
  • Learn and practice skills
  • Set and accomplish goals

INDIVIDUAL COACHING: If you can't find a slot or type of coaching you want on our spring-summer calendar, please contact us at wellnesscoachingQs@umich.edu and we'll find a time for you.

How to schedule your first session: Go to our online scheduler. Note that we can only accept your uniqname@umich.edu address. Meet one-on-one with a coach at a time based on your mutual availability. Review coach pictures and bios at the bottom of this page.

Meeting Types:

  • WC Alcohol and other drugs:  Explore your use of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs. Decide what, if any, changes to use you'd like to make (can be required by OSCR or Court).
  • WC COVID for Community and Personal Safety: Explore risk reduction (required by court or OSCR).
  • WC Nicotine Cessation: Discuss strategies for quitting nicotine products. Suitable for anyone who is vaping, smoking or using smokeless tobacco products. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available at no cost for students who participate in coaching. Learn more about the risks of smoking and benefits of quitting here
  • WC Eating/Body Image: Wellness coaching from a Health At Every Size perspective provides a non-judgmental space for clients to explore how to take care of their holistic well-being without focusing on weight or weight loss. There is no one-size-fits-all approach and the journey to a more peaceful relationship with food and body image looks different for everyone. Coaches will connect students to a therapist or nutritionist if eating issues or body image concerns extend beyond a coaching relationship.
  • WC Relationships (intimate, family, friends) and Sexual Health: Discuss platonic and/or intimate relationships and/or improving sexual health.
  • WC Sleep: Discuss behavior patterns that lead to better sleep. 
  • WC General: Covers topics not listed above such as adjustment to U-M, academic concerns, relationships, stress management, physical health and more.

How to schedule your first session: Please go to our online scheduler. We can only accept your uniqname@umich.edu address. If you cannot find an appointment time that fits in your schedule, you may email us and we'll work with you to find something.

Questions e.g. how much time to allow, how can I handle privacy, what if I need a different time? See Plan for your first Individual session


GROUP COACHING

Students with Family or Friends Suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is prevalent in our world. We recognize that many current U of M students may have family members and friends who suffer from addiction to alcohol, cannabis, other drugs, or a combination of these substances. Research has shown that having a loved one who struggles with SUD can have detrimental effects on those closest to them. Together, our goal is to facilitate a space where students can talk to each other about their experiences. We also aim to discuss how students can set boundaries and build resilience. This wellness group is for students who want to enjoy their college experience and feel like they are not alone. We are dedicated to helping students with friends or family with addictions find community and focus on their own wellness.

  • For any U-M student who is affected by the substance use of their loved one(s)
  • Thursdays 4-5 pm via Zoom. Sessions will run weekly starting Thursday, June 30th  – July 21st  
  • Coaches: Sally Cederberg and Marsha Benz (Wolverine Wellness)
  • To register, please go to our online scheduler. and select ‘Group Coaching’ (the specific title will not be visible in this first list.) Once you complete the intake form, you will be shown the calendar of all current groups and can select and register for "Support for Students with Family or Friends Suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD)."


Who are coaches?

Coaches include trained staff from Wolverine Wellness, professional staff across the university, and graduate students (see coaches below).


Wellness Coaching is not appropriate for:

Therapy e.g. for clinical depression or anxiety, unpacking family history, eating disorders, managing bipolar disorders or other complex mental health issues. You can take a free online screening to help decide if you’d be better served by a therapist. Therapy options include:

Nutrition counseling and meal planning: Students can visit the UHS Registered Dietician Nutritionist. Call 734-764-8320 to schedule an appointment.


What do students say?

Articulating my issues and goals with someone else who isn't living your life is very eye opening. Too often, I get stuck in my own mind and it takes someone from the outside to help put things into perspective. Also, this has helped me create structure and plan my next steps so that I can head in the direction I want to be headed in.

This is a good opportunity to work on myself and try and learn what makes me happy and how I can ensure my mental and physical wellness will be good enough to allow me to make difficult decisions for myself in the future.

I believe that wellness is a more essential part of my everyday life and I know that I can have a more productive and successful experience at U of M if I invest time and energy into strategies that enhance wellness.


Plan for your first individual session:

After scheduling, you will be directed to complete an intake survey. After you complete the survey, you will be able to review the available meetings on the calendar. You may select from sessions that are in person (in an office), a walking appointment or a virtual session on Zoom.

Allow enough time:

  • For general wellness sessions, allow 1 hour for the first session.
  • For alcohol and other drugs, allow 1.5 hours for the first session, and 1 hour for the second session. Sessions typically occur 2-4 weeks apart.

If you need privacy for virtual sessions, consider these options:

  • Request an appointment time when you know you'll have privacy e.g. your roommate or parents will be away. 
  • Schedule to use a room in Wolverine Wellness at UHS by calling 734-764-1320 at least a day before your appointment. 
  • Instead of talking aloud, you could type on the Chat, and the coach would talk aloud. You could use headphones for more privacy. Inform your coach before your appointment if you want to use this option. 

If you don't find a time that meets your needs, email wellnesscoachingQs@umich.edu and include your availability and time zone.


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Questions or concerns?

Email wellnesscoachingQs@umich.edu

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