Student Health Services

Peer Wellness Coaching- Husky PUPS

Wellness coaching is a free service for St. Cloud State students that offers support for navigating transitions and overcoming challenges you may be facing.

Peer Wellness Coaches are here to empower you and help you.

  • Focus on your strengths and values
  • Work towards personal goals that are meaningful to you
  • Identify different resources that can help you get where you want to go
  • Build on what’s working in your life rather than getting stuck on what’s not
  • Take steps toward becoming the person you want to be

Through personal assessment and empowering, positive conversation, coaches help students positively impact these areas:

  • Career & Intellectual Well-being
  • Emotional Well-being
  • Financial Well-being
  • Physical Well-being
  • Social Well-being
  • Spiritual Well-being

What can I expect from wellness coaching?

The process of coaching will encourage you to…

  • Become more self-aware and self-accepting
  • Identify and achieve meaningful personal, professional, and academic goals
  • Try new things that bring you greater happiness, well-being, and success
  • Consider what brings you a sense of satisfaction, purpose, and meaning
  • Increase your agency and self-efficacy

Students who use coaching often focus on:

  • More effectively managing stress, emotions, money or time
  • Relationships of all kinds
  • Identifying what matters most to you and building a life around those values
  • Making changes to or time for your physical well-being
  • Academic goals and how to best achieve them
  • Maximizing the strengths that you already possess within you

How do I schedule a coaching session?

You can make an appointment by emailing or calling 320-308-4850.

Meetings are located at the Husky PUPS Drop-in Center in the Education Building, Room A252. 

What happens when I schedule a session?

Once you select a day and time that works for you, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with links to two online surveys:

  • A form that asks for some basic information before your first session
  • A strengths assessment to complete before your appointment.

Difference between counseling and coaching

Counseling is a service that supports college students by providing effective treatment for mental health concerns. Wellness coaching is a service that supports college students by enhancing holistic wellness, health and success through empowering conversations about strengths and goals.
Counseling and Psychological Services staff are licensed mental health professionals. Wellness coaching staff are graduate students who have participated in training a wellness coaching.
Counseling staff collect information about you and your concerns and work with you to decide how to best address them. Counseling staff will come alongside you on your journey toward resolving or managing these concerns. Wellness coaches believe you are the expert you need, and help you identify and trust your distinctive voice so that you can make decisions that are most appropriate for your preferred outcomes.

Both coaching and mental health counseling can be incredibly valuable for students. If you think you’d like to seek treatment for a mental health concern, contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 320-308-3171.

If you want support in navigating transitions in your life, are seeking a safe place to talk through challenges, or want to focus on improving your college experience through focusing on wellness and strengths, then Peer Wellness Coaching might be a great fit for you.

What is the Husky PUPS Drop-in Center?

The Husky P.U.P.S. Drop-in Center is a place for students to relax and seek peer support and encouragement from a peer. Located in the Education Building, Room A252, Masters level students from Rehabilitation Studies are available to help. Husky P.U.P.S. stands for Promoting University Peer Support. 

More information

For general information and to schedule an or 320-308-4850.

Peer Wellness Coaching is a collaboration between Rehabilitation Studies and Healthy Huskies at St. Cloud State University.

If you are interested in getting involved, email Erica Karger-Gatzow, assistant director for health promotion and marketing, at