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Mindful and self-determined
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Do you want to complete your PhD with more ease and joy?

Do you want to take big steps towards your goals and still be able to spend enough time on yourself, your health and the people who are important to you?


Do you want to leave self-doubt, stress, frustration, excessive demands and procrastination behind you and find joy in scientific work again?


I am Monika.

If you're reading this, you're probably feeling the same way I felt during my PhD: insecure, overwhelmed, and constantly stressed. But I can tell you that there is another way - with more ease, joy and, yes, also breaks! So at the end of my PhD, I made a promise to myself: I want to help other PhD students to navigate their way in a mindful and self-determined manner.

That's what led me to train as a Holistic Life Coach and Mind-Body Practitioner at the MindBodyFood Institute in Australia. Through this training and my personal experience, I bring in-depth knowledge and tools to support you holistically - from the first step people take to start their PhD to your thesis defense and beyond.


My services

PhD coaching

1-to-1 Online PhD-Coaching
for PhD students

PhD workshops

Online workshops & online lectures
at your university


1-to-1 Holistic Life Coaching
for students, post-docs & co

I accompany you holistically on your journey to the successful completion of your PhD. Holistically? That means that YOU and your academic, professional and personal needs and challenges are at the centre of our focus. We combine a variety of methods and techniques from the fields of personality development, positive psychology and neuroscience. The aim is to support you in all aspects – from strengthening your mental health to promoting physical relaxation.

Find out more about me, my story and my mission in the podcast episode of Higher Vibrations in Higher Education, in which I had the honour of being a guest. A great opportunity to get to know me and my work better.

My coaching experience with Monika was very positive. At every session I was able to gain valuable insights and concrete tips that were helpful for me. I particularly liked that Monika was very flexible in addressing my concerns. I felt very comfortable and understood. This enabled me to open up and understand why I procrastinate and what triggers my writer's block. I now have concrete ways of dealing with it that suit my personality.

Anonymous, Economics,


I had a powerful coaching experience with Monika who guided me to important answers through her indications, recommendations and helpful advice.  During the coaching sessions, I felt important, respected and worth the time. The biggest benefit I have gained from the coaching sessions is the feeling that I am okay and valuable even though I make mistakes and am not always satisfied with my own decisions and actions. I have learned to accept all the parts of myself, including the parts I didn’t accept before.

Anonymous, Architecture,


The coaching with Monika helped me to be more realistic about my performance and to be more thoughtful and forgiving with myself. It encouraged me to break thought cycles and replace them with positive and profitable thoughts. During the sessions I felt understood, comfortable and actively listened to.

Cornelia, Adult Education,


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>> Everyone needs that support — even if at first you don't think you do. Look around. See who's on your side and in your corner. You don't have to go it alone. <<

Louis Zamperini

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Dr. Monika Staab

Navarinou Street 4, House No. 3

7060 Livadhia, Larnaca


+357 95146410

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