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.

Virtual drop-in coaching is available each day, Monday-Friday, for faculty, staff, and students!  See below to schedule your session.

What is Wellbeing Coaching?

Wellbeing Coaching, an evidence-based practice, supports an individual’s self-determination in behavior change that is goal-directed and health promoting. Trained and certified health coaches apply strategies and practical skills as they partner with you to work through lifestyle challenges you may face, as well as help you reach a quality of life that is meaningful, self-sustaining, healthy, and value-driven.

Wellbeing Coaching is available to any currently enrolled Wake Forest University student, faculty, or staff at no cost. Our Wellbeing Coaches are committed to meeting your needs as an individual and core member of the Wake Forest University campus community.

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

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.

Drop-in coaching

Now available to all students, faculty, and staff.

The Office of Wellbeing now offers drop-in Wellbeing Coaching free of charge to better serve Wake Forest University students, faculty, and staff on the Reynolda campus. As someone with a busy schedule, it’s important to take time for your personal wellbeing. These 30-minute sessions can help those who are looking to overcome new obstacles, enhance  self-care practices, or develop short-term goals for personal success and holistic wellbeing. Our wellbeing coaches are here to support you during our drop-in hours.

Current virtual drop-in coaching sessions:

Date Time Location
Mondays 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. ET Virtual
Tuesdays 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. ET Virtual
Wednesdays 3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. ET Virtual
Thursdays 7:00a.m. – 9:00a.m. and  7:00pm – 9:00pm ET Virtual
Fridays 12:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. ET Virtual

Meet our Wellbeing Coaches & schedule your first session

  • Brenda Smith, BS, CHWC

    Brenda 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, smoking cessation, nutrition, weight management through body positivity, 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!

  • Karin Reese, MA

    Karin ReeseKarin is the drop-in Wellbeing Coach. She 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. 

    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. Her professional background includes helping with goal setting and boundaries, stress management, special dietary needs, multi-cultural/ international adjustments, grief, chronic illness, anxiety, sexuality including LGBTQ+, personal values, spiritual concerns, and relationship issues.  

  • Jane Stegner, MS, RD

    Jane is a passionate Wellbeing Coach that has transitioned from clinical nutrition and diabetes education at WFBMC, to working with students, faculty and staff at WFU.  She has M.S. in Human Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Delaware and is a registered dietitian (RD) and a certified diabetes educator (CDE). She has applied and grown this expertise for 30 years in varied clinical and research settings.  Her favorite position, until now at WFU Wellbeing, was at Duke University Live for Life program where she worked 6 years with deans, grounds crew, genius scientist from far away countries, and over-worked staff determined to get it all done. She helped them enhance their physical wellbeing through nutrition, exercise and balancing expectations in order to set new boundaries.

    Jane’s coaching focuses on the individual to encompass their wants and needs. Her passion for coaching helps clients maintain balance in all areas of life by planning ahead to realize their best self and full potential. Jane empowers her clients to expand their thinking by opening windows on this abundant and flourishing world.

Schedule Your Drop-In Appointment

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