Wellness Coaching helps students adapt to these changing times through virtual coaching sessions.
Wellness Coaching is a free, holistic approach that optimizes wellness for student success via a collaborative, non-judgmental 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
Meet one-on-one with a coach at a time based on your mutual availability.
Common topics include:
- Alcohol and other drugs
- COVID community and personal safety (required by court or OSCR)
- Eating and body image issues
- Relationships (intimate, family, friends) and Sexual Health
- Other topics such as adjustment to U-M, academic concerns, relationships, stress management, physical health and more
How to schedule your first session: Go to our online scheduler
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.
Meet with other U-M students and Wellness Coach(es). Some groups are drop-in, others are limited to students who schedule in advance and run for several weeks. We continue to add groups so please check back.
Do you mind? Journey to Mindfulness: This drop-in group will grow student resilience and skills through mindfulness practices and cultivating group reflection. We will provide students with a toolkit of mindfulness skills and accountability to explore different techniques that works best for them. Topics covered include living within your values, journaling techniques, meditation and other mindfulness methods.
- For undergraduate and graduate students
- Weekly sessions Thursdays, March 4 – April 8, 7-8 PM (six weeks)
- March 4: Setting Mindfulness Goals
- March 11: Defining Your Values and Exploring Purpose
- March 18: Journaling 101
- March 25: Mindfulness for Students of Color
- April 1: Mindfulness and How to Take a Break
- April 8: Meditation and Defining Your Self-Care
- Drop-in group (come to any or all sessions)
- Coaches: Helen Blom and Bridget Donnelly (Wolverine Wellness)
No need to schedule, just show up! Join Zoom Meeting https://umich.zoom.us/j/97684533047
Creating Change: Alcohol/Other Drugs Harm-Reduction Drop-In Group: Considering making a change to your alcohol/other drug use? Whether you are looking to change your relationship with a substance or simply trying to process your feelings toward your use, this drop-in space can support you. Substance use can impact all aspects of wellbeing, and this wellness group is meant to offer tips and tools as to how to moderate or change use. It also provides a place to talk with other students who are doing the same. Come to one session to have a quick discussion, or come to a few to further understand your wellbeing and gain accountability.
For undergraduate and graduate students
- Weekly sessions Wednesdays starting 3-10-21 from 3-4PM through April 14 (6 weeks)
Drop-in group (come to any or all sessions)
- Coaches: Miranda Gali and Emma Schmidt (Wolverine Wellness)
No need to schedule, just show up! Join Zoom Meeting https://umich.zoom.us/j/95792472251
Athlete Wellness Group: Being an athlete can be like having a full-time job in addition to going to school. Talk with others with similar experiences and find ways to adjust and thrive in this unusual COVID environment.
- For any UM athlete (varsity, club, adaptive) who wants to discuss shared experiences and connect with other UM athletes.
- Weekly Drop-In sessions: Wednesdays: 4/7 - 4/21, 6:30-7:30pm (come to any or all!)
April 7: Fostering positive team environment surrounding body image
April 14: Student/athlete burnout
April 21: Topic chosen by group
- Coaches: Kate Liang (Wolverine Wellness) and Eliza Beird (Athletics/Social Work)
- No need to schedule, just show up! Join Zoom Meeting https://umich.zoom.us/j/91549295865
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:
- U-M Counseling and Psychological Services provides free counseling for individual students and couples.
- U-M Psychological Clinic provides therapy for individuals and couples, as well as group therapy. There are fees and insurance may help pay.
- Therapists in the Ann Arbor community - see Community Provider Database for local therapists or use psychologytoday.com and filter by insurance and specific needs. In complicated cases, contact UHS Care Managers for referrals.
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.
After scheduling, you will receive three emails: a confirmation email, an email with intake forms for you to complete, and an email with a Zoom link for your session.
Allow enough time:
- For general wellness, 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 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.
Instead of waiting for for your first session--get started!
You might consider using these tools:
- Visit the Well-being for U-M Students website to use quick mindfulness videos, search for other U-M campus wellness resources and more.
- Join Wolverine Support Network peer-led groups for grads and undergrads
- Try an app or online program for Emotional and Mental Well-being.