Mental health support: Student Advisor - Mental health

At AUT we appreciate that our students come from diverse backgrounds, with individual skills and experiences. The Student Advisor - Mental Health offers support to AUT students to ensure their mental health needs are being met and they can achieve their academic goals.

Support can be ongoing or brief, depending on the needs of the student. Students can refer themselves; a formal psychiatric diagnosis is not necessary to access this service.

Creating an individual support plan

This may involve:
  • Practical advice
  • Referral to counselling services
  • Liaison with external health providers or family (in collaboration with you and with your consent)
  • Assessment and support in a crisis
  • Liaison with AUT staff (in collaboration with you and with your consent)

City and North Campus mental health services

Nicky Harvey

Nicky Harvey

BN, Post. Grad. Dip, R Comp.N

I am a New Zealand Registered Comprehensive Nurse, with over 20 years’ experience working in the Mental Health field. I’m “the new kid on the block” at AUT Health, Counselling and Wellbeing; and started here in 2015. I am comprehensively trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and I’m looking forward to using the skills I have to help students succeed personally and academically.

You’ll find me at the North Campus on Fridays.

Email Nicky Harvey
Phone: 09 921 9998

South Campus mental health services

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Seema Woollaston

MSW (Applied), PGDip Cognitive Therapy, PGCert HSc (Mental Health)
MANZASW, Registered Social Worker


My role at the South Campus is a combined role of counsellor and Student Advisor – Mental Health, and I am available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have a background in social work, and have specialised in mental health counselling, having worked in the child, adolescent and family mental health field for 14 years. My approach to working with clients is holistic, and keeps the family and other relational systems in mind.

I use a variety of models including Cognitive, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Solution Focused and Narrative therapies.  My particular areas of interest are working with migrants and cultural issues, the interface of cultural and clinical issues, supporting those affected by mental health issues, and mindfulness-based therapies.

Email Seema Woollaston
Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 6937

Making an appointment

Feedback on our services

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In a crisis?

Call Health Counselling and Wellbeing

  • City Campus: (09) 921 9992
  • South Campus: (09) 921 9992
  • North Campus: (09) 921 9998
  • Urgent enquries: (09) 921 9999 ext 8888

Contact Health Counselling and Wellbeing

Out of hours mental health support

  • Central Auckland crisis team: 0800 800 717
  • North Shore crisis team: (09) 486 8900
  • South Auckland crisis team: (09) 270 4742

Useful websites and community resources

Staff concerned about a student?

Call us if you're concerned about a student or need some mental health advice:

  • City Campus: (09) 921 9992
  • North Campus: (09) 921 9998

Contact Health Counselling and Wellbeing

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Last updated: 22-Mar-2017 3.47pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.