What is well coaching?

Well coaching is simply a conversation between you and a coach to help you discover and achieve your own personal path to wellness. Coaching helps you identify and create the conditions you need to make lasting change in regards to your wellness goals. Coaching encourages self-acceptance, positive mindset, and personal growth. 

 

Who needs a well coach?

Everyone (even well coaches themselves)! Embarking on an adventure of behavior change is challenging for anyone; who doesn't need support along the way? To inspire self-discovery, perspective, and sometimes a good laugh, coaches walk with you on your journey to wellness, wherever it may take you!

 

What can a well coach help me with?

The benefits of well coaching will be different for each individual. Well coaching can help you balance dimensions of well-being in a way that is meaningful to you. Whether that be coping with stress, working towards nutrition or activity goals, improving your time management skills or anything in between. Coaching is about having the conversation you want to have about your health. 

 

How is well coaching different from seeing a counselor or doctor?

Coaches believe that everyone has the power to take responsibility for their own health and partner with you to explore and overcome challenges that prevent you from doing so. It is our job to help you discover your inner strengths and motivation to reach your goals. By engaging in the coaching process you are empowered to take change into your own hands. At times, your needs may be outside a coaches' scope. In that case, your coach will refer you to another professional. 

 

What happens during a coaching session?

During your initial coaching session we will talk about what you vision for ideal wellness looks like. From there on out we will work together to set goals and help you achieve them. With some guidance, you set the agenda for the session. Your coach will follow your lead. 

 

Is there a cost?

Well coaching is a free service to full time MSU Students.

 

How many sessions are necessary?

That's up to you! For most individuals, a series of sessions is helpful to set and attain your health goals. you decide how long you work with a coach and when you are ready to maintain wellness on your own. 

 

How do I make an appointment?

Give us a call at 994-4380 or stop by the Office of Health Advancement at 210 Swingle (on the second floor of the Student Health Building). We're in the office from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. If you don't reach us, leave a message and we'll happily call you back. 

Or schedule your first session online here: https//shs103.msu.montana.edu

Meet Your Coach

Marie Nelson

Marie Nelson

Health Educator / Wellness Coach

Department:

Office Of Health Advancement

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Psychology, Montana State University

Advanced Degree:  

MS in Community Health, Montana State University

Certifications: 

CHWC, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches Corporation

Special Interests:

  • Coaching students to discover their best selves.
  • Encouraging a lifestyle approach to well-being and prevention. 
  • The science of gratitude, happiness, and play.

Brief Highlight of Professional Career:

  • Joined the Student Health Service in 2011

A Word from Your Coach:

"I know firsthand the challenges of striving for well-being as a college student. The stress, the dining halls, the study sessions - I've been there! Now, as a wellness coach, I work with students to balance their well-being in a way that is meaningful to them. I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your well-being. Supporting students to honor their authentic self and make positive, lasting change is an inspiration to me. I look forward to working with you!"