The Guidance Department provides counselling services within the college. Our team works closely with other key staff such as deans, senior management, careers advisors, the nurse and teaching staff. Our aim is to ensure the best possible educational outcomes are achieved by students as well as helping them to develop a clear sense of identity and life purpose.
What is counselling?
Counselling is the process which supports a person to explore and gain understanding of challenges or concerns they are facing. Young people face many challenges and choices and students who come to counselling will be supported and encouraged to find ways to grow through these experiences, as well as to find solutions or ways of coping with the issue or problem. The college believes that a young person’s full educational potential is only achieved when they are feeling positive and confident about all aspects of their life.
Counselling is a confidential service and the counsellors abide by the New Zealand Association of Counsellors Code of Ethics.
Talking with a counsellor at Pakuranga College is seen as a normal thing to do. Our counsellors have contact with approximately 650 students each year. The majority of students self-refer, but others are referred by school staff or parents.
Parents are welcome to make contact with our counsellors for advice or to seek support for their son or daughter.
- One on one counselling
- Group counselling
- Counselling workshops e.g. Seasons
- Referrals to outside agencies where appropriate (e.g. Whirinaki and CADs)
- Advice to staff and parents
To make an appointment
Students come to Waoira House (next to the gym) and fill out an appointment request form – these are on the table in the corridor. Place the slip in the slot in one of the counsellor’s office doors. Students are able to choose which counsellor they see. The counsellor will then send for the student as soon as they have a free appointment. Alternatively, students can ask a teacher, dean, the nurse or a parent to refer them.
Our team of four professional counsellors are highly qualified and have studied at university post-graduate level in counselling. The counsellors’ experience in both counselling and previous professional backgrounds provides an outstanding service to the school community. All of the counsellors are full members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.
Paul Williams (Head of Department) Email: email@example.com Phone: 534 7159 ext 780
Aditi Satyapal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 534 7159 ext 781
Francis Jamieson Email: email@example.com Phone: 534 7159 ext 782
Oi Tam Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 534 7159 ext 783