Wellness coaching is a free service for all undergraduate (Atlanta & Oxford), graduate and professional students at Emory that provides support for navigating a variety of concerns, challenges and life transitions. Wellness coaching is the collaboration between the coach and the student to identify motivations, values and strengths while creating a map for positive behavior change(s). A coach works with you to maximize your personal and professional potential and helps you focus on achieving of goals that are meaningful for you. Whether it’s being more active, succeeding in the classroom, making connections or other concerns, a coach can help you build a plan to reach your well-being goals.

Ultimately, a coach partners with a student to work towards enhancing their well-being through self-directed, lasting changes that are aligned with their values. A coach’s job is not to provide a treatment plan for you, but to be your ally and resource during your well-being journey. The coach will support you in meeting your goals through accountability, thought-provoking questions, and continuous encouragement!

Every session is tailored to the individual and the goals they pinpoint. Together, you and your coach will formulate a plan that is tailored to your individual values, goals and needs. Discussions will include exploration of short- and long-term vision/goals, well-being assessments, obstacle discussion, brainstorming solutions, and more. Your coach also provides you with an added layer of accountability and support to help you reach your goals.

  • Initial sessions are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length
  • Subsequent sessions are approximately 30 minutes
  • Minimum 6 sessions (weekly or bi-weekly)
  • Additional follow-up at 1 month and 3 months following final session
Wellness coaching services may be utilized in collaboration with Emory University Student Health Services’ nutrition services.
  • Private, not Confidential

  • Coaches are professional staff with specific coaching training

  • Provide support by enhancing holistic well-being, mental health promotion and overall success

  • Action oriented

  • Help set and achieve goals

  • Help students identify and trust their distinctive voice to support outcomes of their choice

  • Future focused and the potential to move forward

  • Confidential

  • Coaches are not licensed mental health professionals

  • Mental health service

  • Coping-oriented

  • Helping to identify and solve problems

  • Telling students what they should or should not do on their journey to managing concerns

  • Focused on resolving issues from the past

Scheduling a Coaching Session

If you would like to participate in wellness coaching, complete this form to register so that a coach may reach out to schedule an initial session.

Wellness Coaches

Wellness coaches are Emory staff holding or working towards nationally accredited health coach certifications. Meet the coaches


Brandi Benton, MPH, MCHES


April Flint, PhD


Krystal Gathright


Martine Occeas


Alyssa O'Keefe


Elizabeth Peeler, MSPH, CHES


John Ridgway


Kristin Sliger


Andy Spruell


Tia Williams


Amanda Yu-Nguyen


Questions?