Contact our School Counsellor, Mat Harris via email or by phoning the school office.
What is Counselling? Counselling is a unique professional and intentional process which draws on a range of skills and interventions that enable people to increase their self-awareness, and to identify, address and find ways of coping with challenges that occur in life.
Many life experiences can present us with changes and stressors that seem overwhelming and can interfere with day-to-day life and our wellbeing. Counselling provides a supportive and safe environment where issues can be clarified, options and ways of navigating these can be explored, and effective strategies can be developed that meet the needs of each client in bringing about positive change.
At the heart of counselling is the quality of the relationship between the counsellor and client. This is underpinned by deep respect and non-judgemental acceptance of each client.
Counselling helps you explore and manage your emotions, thoughts and behaviour. You might be feeling anxious or depressed, or simply worried/stressed, about things, including work, relationship breakdown, Family, Friends, the death of a loved one, bad things that have happened to you in the past, or worries about what might happen in the future – anything that causes you emotional upset or that challenges your happiness and sense of self-worth. Counselling helps you to address those challenges, whatever they are, and find ways of dealing with them more positively. It aims to give you a new perspective on your life and help you to develop new ways of thinking and living.
(information from NZAC https://www.nzac.org.nz/)