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Graduate Wellbeing Coach

Nikki Fahey

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Tel +64 3 479 4327
Room G.06, 103 St David Street
Hours: Monday–Thursday, variable hours

Kia ora, my name is Nikki Fahey and I am the Graduate Wellbeing Coach (GWC) within the Graduate Research School. Graduate Wellbeing Coaching is designed help you manage academic demands by working with you to create a healthy work/ life balance, navigate University processes and attend to your wellbeing.

All sessions are confidential.*

I offer one-on-one coaching, in person or via Zoom, free of charge to any University of Otago postgraduate student. As you are the expert in your own life, I use non-judgemental questions to help you determine what is important to you and to help you create a plan of action.

Some common reasons students present to me are lost motivation, procrastination, and feeling overwhelmed, managing the supervisory relationship, navigating University processes, to debrief, to manage life stressors affecting study, to make plans or schedules, to set goals, or to develop a good routine.

I encourage you to come as a proactive and preventive measure to make a plan for getting through your postgraduate study.

I work closely with Student Health and it is helpful for me to know so if you are accessing support from their Mental Health and Wellbeing Team. Having your consent to share information helps us to provide a better service. Please let me know if this is okay with you. I may also direct you to other services or resources that may be of benefit.

I sometimes use a white board to capture what you have said in the session, I encourage you to take a photo of this as a reminder. I write a brief confidential note solely to remind me of what we discussed in case you see me again.

I also provide workshops on wellbeing and performance related topics. Keep an eye on the personal development section of the Graduate Research School (GRS) website for workshops which may be of interest.

Postgraduate Professional and Researcher Development

I strongly encourage you to attend the GRS Masters or PhD workshops.

Personal development and wellbeing workshops

The other aspect of my role is providing advice and support to staff who work with postgraduate students. Staff are welcome to contact me in confidence if there are any concerns about a student’s mental health or wellbeing, or academic performance.

I am based at 103 St David Street at the Graduate Research School. (The wooden house next to the St David footbridge). I work Monday to Thursday (variable hours).

*The only instances I will ever break confidentiality is if you indicate that you are at risk to yourself or others, and then it is my duty of care to do so. I will inform you if I intend to do so as I prefer to do so in a way that is agreeable to you.


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Note: Staff are welcome to book an appointment on behalf of students with their consent.