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Life Coaching and Counseling

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Life Coaching and Counseling Services

Life Coaching and Counseling Services staff are here to assist students in their pursuit of a contented and balanced life as they strive for academic, personal, and intellectual growth. For many students, this is a time of new challenges as they learn to balance schedule, academics, work, and athletics, with leisure activities, relationships, and quiet time. Taking the time to address these issues in a comfortable and confidential setting can have a positive impact on academic, physical, and personal performance.

Life Coaching and Counseling Services is located in the Health and Wellness Center in the lower level of Mary Josita Hall.

The Clarke University Life Coaching and Counseling Services staff works closely with other Student Life staff in an effort to support all aspects of the students’ college experience. A variety of services are available including, but not limited to

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Support groups
  • Workshops
  • Classroom presentations
  • Consultations
  • Educational resources
  • Referrals to outside professionals when necessary

Our Approach

In life coaching and counseling, the student can focus on and identify problems or stumbling blocks, which may impact his/her ability to function optimally in various settings. The counselor provides a confidential atmosphere and an objective perspective for the student to explore any issue, big or small, such as:

  • Adjustments
  • Feeling blue or anxious
  • Concerns about eating patterns
  • Relationships of all kinds
  • Coping with loss
  • Stress management
  • Substance abuse
  • Time management (Including procrastination and perfectionism)
  • Feeling overwhelmed with work
  • Feeling homesick
  • A desire to just feel more contented

Please remember that the Life Coaching and Counseling Services staff is here to offer support and assistance long before the student is feeling too overwhelmed or hopeless. It is our desire that the student feels comfortable working on issues long before they begin to cause interference in his/her life. There is no topic that is too big or too small to warrant attention.


Psycho educational presentations, workshops, seminars, and class lectures are offered throughout the academic year. Programs are announced on the Life Coaching and Counseling Services web pages, as well as through faculty, staff, and residence hall advisors.

Special topics can be arranged by request. Some frequently requested topics are:

  • Time management
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship issues
  • Study skills

Our Wellness Approach

Finding a Sense of Well-being in College

One predictable aspect of life is change. The college years are often a time of transition and adjustment to all kinds of changes. Many students are away from home, meeting new people, and getting used to different social dynamics. New demands in time can challenge even the most organized students. Homesickness can be very upsetting for new students, while sadness over leaving friends and uncertainties about future plans can plague upper-class students. Increased responsibilities and balancing new choices can create anxiety and confusion. It is important to remember that all of these things are a normal part of change and growth. Intermittently struggling through these issues, as well as making peace with old issues, is a very normal and healthy part of growing as a person.

Clarke University Student Life personnel are here to offer support to all students during this time of new experiences and growth. Counseling Services, specifically, can help the students better understand their own patterns of interacting with others and time management styles in an effort to help them maximize their own resources. People with stronger support networks and effective time-management approaches report a greater sense of well-being. People who learn to handle stress, sadness, and anxiety more effectively are happier and more productive individuals. Having a positive self-image and good self-esteem in one’s reserves can greatly assist the student’s decision-making process and enhance his/her sense of comfort. Uncovering the obstacles to self-esteem can prove beneficial for anyone. Addressing these kinds of concerns earlier in the school year can help most students to have a more satisfying college experience. Seeking help when concerns have become overwhelming is a sign of strength and integrity, rather than an admission of failure.