University Health Service

Model of Personal Well-Being

Thanks for your interest in Wellness Coaching! We’ve had a great response to this service, and we are doing our best to add capacity so more students can benefit from Wellness Coaching.


What is wellness coaching?

A FREE 1:1 coaching conversation available to undergraduate and graduate students.

You can schedule your first appointment online (below).

Wellness coaching is a holistic approach to examining how personal well-being impacts your values, goals and motivations. Wellness coaching could be a good fit if you are considering changes to optimize your personal health and wellness, reviewing how you are doing in the eight dimensions of well-being or looking to positively shift certain aspects of your life. 

Coaching topics include:

  • Alcohol and other drugs (formerly called BASICS-IMEP)
  • Sleep
  • Body Image Issues
  • General topics such as adjustment to U-M, academic concerns, relationships, stress management, physical health, sexual health and working through barriers to achievement and well-being.

Topics that are better served by other campus and community resources include:

  • Nutrition counseling and meal planning: We have a Registered Dietician available at UHS. Contact 734-764-8320 for an appointment.
  • Therapy for clinical depression/anxiety, unpacking family history, eating disorders, managing bipolar disorders or other complicated mental health issues, etc. These concerns are best addressed by Counseling and Psychological Services or therapists in the Ann Arbor community. If you need assistance with community referrals, please review the Community Provider Database, or contact our UHS care managers.

You may find it useful to take a free online screening to help you decide if you’d be better served by a therapist.
 

How does it work?

Wellness coaching uses a person’s own motivations and strengths and supports behavior change(s) through a collaborative, non-judgmental partnership. Wellness coaches work with students to help them set and achieve wellness goals, balance dimensions of health and wellness, and learn resilience and coping skills for a well life.

Coaches include Wolverine Wellness staff and other Student Life staff from around campus (see coaches below).

The initial general wellness coaching session is a 60 minutes and follow-up sessions are scheduled as needed. Wellness coaching for alcohol and other drugs’ first session is 90 minutes and the second session, 2-4 weeks after the first, is 60 minutes.

Quotes from Wellness Coaching clients:

“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.”

“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.

How to schedule an appointment:

You can schedule your first session online (click blue box below). 

If you can't find an appointment time that works for you, please email wellnesscoaching@umich.edu.

Click to Schedule an Appointment