Wellness Coaching

Wellness Coaching

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We believe wellness is more than health. It is living fully. Wellness is fueling your body, engaging your mind, and nurturing your spirit. You can’t get there passively, it requires active awareness, acceptance, and commitment through choices you make every day no matter how small.  This is where Wellness Coaching can be helpful. 

Wellness Coaching is a great option for students who are searching for a safe and supportive space to enhance their wellness. Students will work alongside a transed student Wellness Coach to identify values and strengths, set meaningful wellness goals, and co-create a plan to set goals into action. Wellness Coaches are also trained to provide follow-up support and encouragement as needed. 

Before You Visit

Appointments are required for Wellness Coaching. During the 2020-2021 academic year, all appointments will be conducted virtually. To schedule an appointment please contact Sarah Wilson via email at wilson72@umd.edu.

Disclaimer: Wellness Coaching services are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of physical or mental health conditions. Services are intended to supplement your general wellness goals. 

  • Always seek the advice of a medical provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or urgent concern, or a mental health emergency during regular business hours, please contact Behavioral Health at the University Health Center or the Counseling Center.

  • For mental health assistance after-hours, please call the Counseling Center crisis support line at (301) 314-7651. 

Wellness Coaching FAQs

What is Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching is a free service provided by highly trained Peer Wellness Coaches, ready to work with you to meet your wellness goals! 

This service offers support, encouragement, and guidance in reaching wellness goals. Wellness Coaches will help you break down goals into manageable, actionable steps and offer ongoing support and accountability. 

Is Wellness Coaching Right for Me?

Wellness coaching is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are ready to:

  • Learn how to set and reach goals effectively.
  • Identify strengths and values as a tool to meet goals.
  • Create lasting and positive changes over a series of appointments with their Wellness Coach. 

Wellness Coaching can address any of the following wellness related issues:

  • Stress management and self-care
  • Sleep
  • Time management
  • Loneliness 
  • General wellness needs related to academic success

What Can I expect from Wellness Coaching?

First sessions are scheduled for 1 hour and focus on discussions of strengths, values, current levels of satisfaction in each dimension of wellness, and initial goal plans.

Follow-up sessions are scheduled for 30-45 minutes each and focus on refinement of goals, accountability, and continued wellness conversations.  

What’s the Difference Between Coaching and Counseling?

  • Counseling services are provided by licensed mental health professionals who provide therapy, support, and treatment for mental health concerns. 
  • Peer Wellness Coaches are upper-level undergraduate students who have been trained to help college students realize their health and wellness goals and serve as a helping hand to empower students to find their own strengths. 

Both counseling and coaching is incredibly valuable for students.

 

Meet Our Wellness Coaches

Nicholas Balmadier (he/him)

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Major: Behavioral and Community Health

Hi! My name is Nick and I’m a senior Community Health Major, minoring in Global Poverty. 

I grew up overseas and spent a month in Bududa, Uganda where I volunteered at a clinic and got to go on educational outreach trips to neighboring villages. My goal is to be able to combine my passion for health and wellness work, with my dream of returning to live and work overseas. 

This is my third year working with the University Health Center and I’m super excited to be a Peer Wellness Coach! 

 

Stephanie Bautista (she/her)

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Major: Behavioral and Community Health

Hi! I'm Stephanie, a first gen latina college student. I enjoy watching new movies and trying out new baking recipes. When I’m in a stressful situation I like to use my identity, spirituality, and hobbies. In these unprecedented moments I like to express gratitude as much as I can and find a piece of happiness wherever that may be. I am so excited to start this wellness journey with you! 

 

Jerry Cooper (he/him)

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Major: Nutritional Science

Hello! I am Jerry. I love how art and nature can affect a person’s mood. I am really interested in trying new hobbies even if I know I will not be good at them. During this stressful time for many, I think it is important to take some time to appreciate parts of life that bring you joy. I am beyond enthusiastic to start this wellness journey with you!

 

Antoinette Dorzon (she/her)

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Major: Psychology, Pre-Med Track

Hey, just a little bit about me. I am the oldest of three; I have two younger brothers one is 14 and the other is 3. I am an avid reader, and I am obsessed with all things television. Some of my favorites are Greys Anatomy, The Bachelorette, This Is Us, and Station 19. 

This is my second year at the health center. During my time here I have gained a greater appreciation for peer to peer work. I feel as a fellow student I am able to relate to those seeking help more than someone who is seen as a superior. I hope to help everyone I meet with get one step closer to achieving their goals.

 

Demi Morris (she/her)

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Major: Public Health Science

Hi everyone! I’m Demi and I specialize in emotional and spiritual wellness, self-care, and time management. In my free time I love painting, baking, and going on picnics. I can’t wait to help you reach your wellness goals!

Chisom Ojukwu (she/her)

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Major: Public Health Science 

My name is Chisom and I enjoy going to the gym and drawing as forms of self care. I previously served as a Stress and Mental Health Peer Educator at the UHC and the 8 dimensions of wellness informed a lot of the work that I do. I feel the most passionate about spiritual and emotional wellness and use my hobbies to improve these areas. I strongly believe that mental health care should be destigmatized, especially in minority communities.