Wellness Coaching @ Columbia Health

Last reviewed: 6/15/2023

Wellness Coaching partners you with a certified Well-being Advocate. Together, you will lay out a vision of what living well means to you and co-create a plan to help you make that vision a sustainable reality. You can meet with your Well-being Advocate as many times as you need to celebrate wins, troubleshoot challenges, and stay on track with your plan.  

Wellness Coaching sessions are confidential and HIPAA-compliant. All sessions are offered virtually, unless otherwise requested. 

What makes Wellness Coaching different from talking to a friend or therapist? 

Wellness Coaching takes a positive approach to personal development. It centers individual strengths, values, and motivations to support behavior change(s) through a collaborative and non-judgmental partnership with an advocate who is trained to be your ally in this journey to living a well life. It is not therapy or counseling. 


Wellness Coaching @ Columbia Health is available to any currently enrolled Columbia University student at the Morningside/Manhattanville campuses.  

How Wellness Coaching Works 

Step 1: Foundation Session – up to 90 minutes 

You’ll work with an advocate to clarify where you are at with your health and well-being right now. Together you and an advocate will: 

  • form a clear picture of the kind of life you want to live, your healthiest life possible for you 

  • compare where you’re at and where you want to be  

  • form a solid well-life plan to help you get there 

Step 2: Follow-up Session/s – up to 60 minutes 

You’ll work with your advocate as an ally to help you:  

  • follow through on the steps you determine to help you achieve the goals in your plan 

  • find and develop sources of support that will make your changes last 

  • evaluate progress and adjust the course along the way 

  • be accountable to yourself 

There is currently no cap on the number of follow-up sessions.  


Curious about Wellness Coaching, but not sure if it is the right fit for you?  

Attend Alice! Virtual Drop-in Hours to connect with a specialist who can assist you in identifying what service is the best fit for your specific needs. 

Get Started with Wellness Coaching 

Complete the Wellness Coaching Intake Form. After submitting the intake form, you will receive a follow-up email with a link to schedule an appointment with a Well-being Advocate.  

About the Well-being Advocates 

Wellness Coaching @ Columbia Health is provided by a team of Well-being Advocates comprising graduate students from various Columbia University schools on the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses and are members of the Alice! Health Promotion team. Advocates are Certified Wellness & Health Coaches through Real Balance, a global wellness coaching training organization recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).  

Advocates are trained and closely supervised by professional Alice! Health Promotion staff who are also a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach.