University Health Service

Model of Personal Well-Being

Sessions now held online

Wellness Coaching can help U-M students adapt to these changing times, and sessions are now done via video conferencing. You can schedule an appointment via this webpage and you will get a confirmation email. Later, you will also receive an email with intake forms and one with a link to the video conference BlueJeans or ZOOM site. If you don’t find an appointment time that works for you in your time zone, or you need other accomodations, feel free to email with your availability for an appointment and let us know what you need.

Virtual Group Wellness Coaching

UHS offered three wellness coaching groups this summer and there is demand for more! Join to discuss the stressors of the current times and focus on developing coping mechanisms, self-care practices, and community care frameworks connected to the topic or identities. 

Here are the currently available groups:

Kellie Carbone and Emily Giovanelli are offering a graduate women's group:

  • Tuesdays from 4-5:15

  • Starting September 15

  • 8-weeks long

  • Click on the appointment button at the bottom of this webpage

  • wait list: we will accept up to 6 women on the wait list if the session is full

Joy Pehlke and Kellie Carbone are offering a drop-in group for graduate student activists (sign up for the sessions you plan to attend):

  • Thursdays 11-noon

  • Starting September 17

  • 4-weeks long (sign up for one or more sessions)

  • Click on the appointment button at the bottom of this webpage

Kellie Carbone is offering a group for U-M students on intuitive eating and positive body image. In this group, we will explore the principles of intuitive eating and how to integrate them into your own life. You'll be able to build your resilience against diet culture's loud messages, as well as connect with others who are also going through the same challenges as you. Every week, you'll leave with practical tools and tips to implement intuitive eating back into your life. This group is for any UM student seeking to improve their relationship with food and trust their body:

  • Mondays from 3-4:15

  • Starting September 21

  • 8-weeks long

  • Click on the appointment button at the bottom of this webpage

  • wait list: we will accept up to 6 students on the wait list if the session is full


You Type/They Talk for more remote coaching privacy

We have a new option for Wellness Coaching: You Type/They Talk. This was developed by U-M students who were concerned about confidentiality, knowing that some students do not have enough privacy at home or while living with others.

What this means is that students would use the ZOOM white board  or chat to type thoughts, questions, and comments and the Wellness Coach will do the talking (students are welcome to use headphones for further privacy). If you or someone you know would like to try this option, please sign up with one of the following coaches, and send her an email after you sign up, expressing this preference: Joy, ( Janet (, Emily (, Christina (, Marsha (

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 button below). 

If you can't find an appointment time that works for you, please email

Occasionally, we have special Taste of Wellness Coaching 30-minute sessions during the fall and winter semester. Sometimes they are open for specific populations (e.g., transfer students) and sometimes for any interested student. When available, these sessions will appear in the schedule (click blue button below). 

Click to Schedule an Appointment