The guidance team otherwise known as 'The G-Team' is made up of 4 counsellors, 4 part time youth workers, and our Kaiawhina for Hotuwaipara.
Claire Ross –Counsellor - Head of Department
Carolyn England - counsellor part-time
Leandro Gomez - counsellor part-time
Grant Shearer – counsellor part-time
David Goldsbury – Youth Worker Team Leader
Ashleigh Bolton - Youth Worker
Michael Broadley - Youth Worker
Coutrney Bardsley - Youth Worker
Ave Elise Adams - Kaiawhina based in Hotuwaipara
Why see a counsellor?
There are always times in your life when stuff happens and you don’t know what to do with it. At times like this it can help to talk to someone else. As Guidance Counsellors we are trained to help you find your way through.
Possible reasons to see us include:
- Parents separating
- Worried about violence at home
- A death in the family
- Anger keeps getting you in trouble
- Feeling bullied
- Feeling down
- Sexuality issues
- Always in trouble at school and want to make some changes
- Feeling lonely or stuck
- Alcohol or drug problems
Whatever we talk about is confidential. We don’t pass things on to others including your parents, teachers, deans, friends etc. If we feel we cannot help with a problem without talking to other people we will discuss it with you before doing anything further. Your trust is important and we will not risk it by breaking confidentiality.
However, you do need to know that very occasionally when you or someone else is in serious danger, counsellors cannot keep this confidential, because of their duty to prevent harm. They will talk this through with you before acting
Apart from an emergency, it is important to book an appointment time rather than just “turn up”. This way you do not interrupt other peoples’ time or get sent back to class.
Ways to make an Appointment…
1. Put a slip in the counsellors post box at the student office
2. Email us at Violet.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happens in counselling?
In Counselling you can talk in a safe place with someone who will support you.
A counsellor is someone….
- Who you can trust and be open with
- Who listens carefully
- Who is non-judgemental
- Who will try to see things from your point of view
- Who will help to explore different possibilities
How Counselling can help
A Counsellor can help you to:
- Think about things in new ways
- Do stuff differently
- Reduce your stress
- Discover different ways forward
- Plan and set goals
- Get to know yourself better
- Improve your relationships
- Get linked in with other agencies in the community if needed.
A counsellor may…
See you on your own or with support person
See you with your whanau if you want
Act on your behalf with your consent
We are lucky enough to have two awesome youth workers in our school. Laura and Dave are based in the Student Centre. They run programmes like the Breakfast club, girls or boys personal development groups, lunch time activities and heaps of other stuff. They also do mentoring with students who want a bit of extra support – but don’t want ‘counselling’.
Out of School support/ Useful links
Counselling, support, youth development
Weltrust – Alcohol and Drug education and counselling services
Alcohol drug helpline
0800 787 984
Health and support for young people
ICAFS – Infant Child Adolescent Family Service
Secondary mental health service
Sexuality, contraception, pregnancy, HIV/Aids
Ph 569 5025
Support for parents
Support to quit smoking
Information on online safety
For people facing any kind of tough life situation: change, loss, trauma or grief.
The Low Down
Youth Depression information