WellCat Counseling Center

Peer Coaching

Meet the Coaches!

The Peer Coach Program was created in partnership with UMatter, the counseling center's outreach program, in order to provide virtual spaces for holistic wellness opportunities while students study from home. The Peer Coaches are comprised of Chico State Graduate students pursuing their MFT or Social Work Masters degrees.

Our peer coaches help students create goals and plans, offering encouragement, accountability, evaluating progress, and celebrating wins. 

We work to help students achieve holistic wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, relational, spiritual, and vocational.

Coaching vs. Therapy

Therapy is intended to help people recover from emotional or other psychological disorders such as depression or anxiety. Coaching, on the other hand, is intended to help individuals achieve personal goals such as increased happiness, improved physical health, greater work-life balance, etc.

Some students find it helpful to participate in both therapy and coaching. For example, you may want to discuss your depression with a therapist and meet with a coach to create and achieve goals around diet and exercise.

The table below shows a quick side-by-side comparison of coaching vs. therapy

Coaching vs Therapy Services
Client is seeking to enhance their emotional and psychological healthClient is emotionally unwell and in need of healing, or another perspective 
Contact between sessions expected (accountability and wins)Contact between sessions for crisis and difficulties only
Driven by goals and taking actionDriven by unresolved issues and feelings
Works toward a higher level of functioningWorks to achieve understanding and emotional healing
Results-based and focuses on exploring solutionsExplores the root of problems and offers explanation

Peer Coach Group Info:

Creative Writing Group:

Thurs 3-4:30pm 

Grad Student Support Group:

Thurs 7-8pm

WRAP (Wellness Action Recovery Plan):

Thursdays 1-2pm*

*email for info