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Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaching

Explore your life in meaningful ways to feel better about yourself and enhance your lifestyle. Wellness helps you reach your full potential by becoming aware of the interconnectedness of all aspects of your life through a positive and proactive process of self-exploration.

Wellness coaches recognize that you are the expert in your own life. The role of a wellness coach is to be your partner in health to support you in creating lifestyle changes that are aligned with your personal goals and values. 

Through a collaborative process, the wellness coach works with you to enhance your strengths and turn your challenges into victories. This is done by establishing appropriate action plans, offering support when you struggle, and celebrating when you succeed.  

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Sample group description.

Why meet with a wellness coach?

You may or may not have a goal in mind when you seek out wellness coaching, and that is okay. We can figure it out together. We will help equip you with the tools you need to succeed with any goal(s) you are working towards. Some of the ways a wellness coach can assist you include:

  • Adjust to the University of Hartford and find connections 
  • Cope with stress
  • Time-management 
  • Sleep 
  • Eat well
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Spiritual direction 
  • Increase body movement 
  • Achieve fitness goals 
  • Assertive communication   
  • Enhance relationships
  • Enhance overall lifestyle 
  • Academic performance and test anxiety
  • Decrease use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs 
  • Increase energy 
  • Create a positive outlook on life 

What to expect?

Our staff are trained and certified to provide wellness coaching: Kenna Grant, Master of Science in Health and Human Performance and Rev. Gail M. Syring, Master of Arts from Command and General Staff School. 

Listening to what matters to you is the first step in our work together to co-create concrete lifestyle goals that are appropriate and achievable. Our approach is guided by our beliefs that:

  • All individuals have the capacity to change and transform
  • Through wellness coaching you can be inspired to harness your strengths, boost your confidence, and feel motivated to take action 
  • Transformation is possible. And all transformation, small or large matters 
  • It’s important to share our expertise to provide you tools, support and guidance but you are the real expert in your life
  • You can reach your full potential through lifestyle changes that align with your personal values 

Set up an appointment

In the initial wellness coaching session (50 minutes) we will learn more about each other and the coaching process and complete a personalized wellness assessment. This assessment will be used throughout your relationship with your coach to help co-design your personal wellness plan that will include the creation of targeted action steps geared towards your identified goals. Follow-up sessions will be scheduled based on your individual needs. 

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What makes coaching different from counseling?

There are many parallels between coaching and counseling that can make it easy to confuse the two services. The chart below describes some of the difference between these two distinctive student services. 

Both coaching and counseling can be incredibly valuable for students. If you think you'd like to seek treatment for a mental health concern, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services

If you want support in navigating transitions in your life, are seeking a safe place to talk through challenges or want to focus on improving your college experience through focusing on wellness and strengths, wellness coaching could be a great fit for you!

Characteristics Coaching Counseling Mentoring
Where expertise resides Person being coached Counselor Mentor
Assumptions about the other person For health, well-functioning people who want to take action in order to move ahead in some area of life. For people who are dealing with a paint, hurt, loss, or challenge and are in need of healing and understanding. For people in need of advice from someone who has had a very similar experience that can be shared and imitated
Desired outcome Action Healing and understanding Successful application of mentor's wisdom
Time orientation Present and future Past and present Future
Skills used Asking questions, listening, and designing actionsm Asking questions, listening, and diagnosing.  Telling and advising. 
Purpose of questions Used by coach to promote discovery for person being coached. Used by counselor to diagnose. Used by person being mentored to garner advice.