Wellbeing Coaching

Wellbeing Coaching is a free service through the Office of Wellbeing that is available for students, faculty, and staff on the Reynolda campus.
Wellbeing Coaching is a free service through the Office of Wellbeing that is available for students, faculty, and staff on the Reynolda campus.

What is Wellbeing Coaching?

Wellbeing Coaching is an evidence-based practice designed to help you reach your personal health and wellbeing goals.  Health and wellbeing coaching is structured around the changes that you want to make in your life when you are ready to make them – you are empowered through this process to identify the life you want to be living and are not told by a coach what your life “should” look like.  Certified health coaches meet one on one with you to provide support and accountability to reach your health and wellbeing goals over a period of weeks together. Coaches apply strategies and practical skills as they partner with you to work through lifestyle challenges and to help you reach a quality of life that is meaningful, self-sustaining, healthy, and value-driven.  If you’re ready to make healthy, goal-directed changes in your life – Wellbeing Coaching is for you!

What types of goals can a Wellbeing Coach offer support?

  • Goal Setting
  • Stress Management
  • Resiliency
  • Time Management
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Self Care
  • Lifestyle Management

Program Structure

Traditional Coaching

The Office of Wellbeing is offering summer sessions for wellbeing coaching starting in early June.  Clients will meet with their coach for an initial session, and then bi-weekly for the next ten weeks, for a total of 5-7 sessions.  Sessions will be scheduled directly with the coach and there is some flexibility to accommodate skipping a week or moving a session if needed.  Sessions will be 45-60 minutes long and will take place via video chat or telephone.

An initial session appointment can be made by selecting a coach below and then clicking the scheduling button linked below their background information.  You can review the coach’s background and click through to their schedule to decide which one will work best for you.

Enrollment for traditional summer coaching is open! Select a coach below to review their bio and schedule a session!

Drop-In Coaching

We will be offering summer drop-in hours for students to find out more about what coaching has to offer, to talk through making a decision, set up a daily schedule, or to discuss other short-term goals.  Drop-in coaching offers the opportunity to see what coaching is like as you look at situations from all angles and get a different perspective, without a longer-term commitment.  You can choose to move to traditional coaching after a drop-in session, but it is not required.

Schedule A Drop-In Session

Drop-In Coaching Schedule

Wednesdays 3pm – 5pm Karin Reese
Thursdays  11am – 1pm Karin Reese

If you would like to meet outside of these available times, please email wakewell@nullwfu.edu.

Meet our Wellbeing Coaches

  • Ashley Hawkins Parham, MA ('12), CHWC

    head shot of Ashley Hawkins ParhamAshley is a dedicated ally to those who decide that it’s time for a change and are ready to take steps towards becoming a healthier, happier and more holistically well you.  What’s amazing about the coaching experience is the opportunity to engage in self-exploration and growth through a relationship that gives you support and holds you accountable for the changes you want to see in your life.  Whether you come to coaching with a specific goal in mind or with a vague sense that it’s time for a change, Ashley is here to meet you exactly where you are on your path and then move forward together towards a healthier and happier you.

    Ashley’s journey towards Wellbeing Coaching began early in college, where she fell in love with the study of psychology – specifically, with understanding how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors develop and how they can change over time.

    Ashley dedicated time as a student and professional over the last 15 years to understanding the science of behavior change and motivation, addiction, risky health behaviors in college students, personality and personality change, character development, post-traumatic growth, mindfulness and meditation, the mind-body connection, and resilience.

    As a certified Health and Wellness Coach, Ashley first gets to know your experience and goals for change.  In combination with her expansive background knowledge around the human condition and how to change our behaviors – you’ll work together to develop the steps needed to reach your unique health and wellness goals.

  • Brenda Smith, BS, CHWC

    photo of Brenda SmithBrenda began her journey in the health and wellness industry by starting as a fitness trainer after graduating college. Her passion grew and continued to expand from this experience. After 28 years of corporate experience, Brenda decided to pursue her passion to fully dedicate her skills to fitness and wellbeing. Brenda has 20 years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, and 13 years of experience as a Certified Yoga Instructor. While working as an Associate Wellness Director managing an on-site fitness center for Hanesbrands headquarters, Brenda became a Certified Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches. Brenda’s vast experience provides her with a foundation to coach individuals around stress management, physical activity, nutrition, weight management, work life balance, and holistic wellbeing for life satisfaction. Brenda is committed to coaching and guiding people holistically to empower them to become aware of how to live healthier lives through proactive and preventative measures. Brenda’s experience includes coaching clients from a variety of ages, backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Her motto is, “give a person a fish and he will eat fish for a day. Teach him how to fish and he can eat whenever he wants.”

    As a fellow navigator on this journey called life, Brenda is passionate about traveling alongside others as a wellbeing coach.Her goal is to inspire others to not just survive the hard times and challenges, but to learn, grow, and THRIVE!

    Schedule a session with Brenda

  • Karin Reese, MA, CHC, NBC-HWC

    head shot of Karin ReeseKarin is passionate about walking alongside people through life, working together to solve problems holistically, and learning to live wholeheartedly. As a wellness coach, she works to encourage and empower clients, using each person’s unique set of strengths to facilitate achieving their goals. She believes everybody deserves a welcoming, safe, non-judgmental space to process decisions and life changes.

    Karin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988, then returned to school as a non-traditional student in 2011. She completed a BS degree in psychology from University of Alaska/Kenai Peninsula College in 2014 and graduated in 2017 with an MA in counseling and human services from University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. She is a Certified Health Coach and a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her professional background includes helping with goal setting and boundaries, stress management, multi-cultural/ international adjustments, grief, anxiety, sexuality including LGBTQ+, personal strengths and values, spiritual concerns, and relationship issues.  

    Karin’s personal self-care strategies include scrapbooking and card making, baking, walking, meditation, journaling, strength training, yoga, qi gong, reading, and staying connected with family and friends.


    Schedule a session with Karin


Drop-in and traditional coaching sessions are open!

Book a session by selecting the appropriate button above.  Traditional coaching sessions are scheduled by selecting the button below each coach’s bio.

What makes Wellbeing Coaching different from counseling?

Wellbeing Coaching Counseling
Coaching is an evidence-based practice offered as a free service for students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest University. Counseling is a service that supports college students by providing confidential support and treatment for mental health needs.
Coaching supports clients to enhance their holistic wellbeing through utilizing strengths and goal-directed behavior change. The University Counseling Center staff are licensed mental health providers who are committed to being a safe, nonjudgmental space.
Certified coaches empower clients by applying fundamental communication and motivation strategies to promote behavior change for a healthy lifestyle and quality of life that is meaningful, self-sustaining, health-promoting and value-driven. Counseling staff work with you through a variety of options to cultivate emotional wellbeing by addressing interpersonal concerns, anxiety, depression, and more.

For any additional questions regarding Wellbeing Coaching, please email wakewell@nullwfu.edu.