Welcome to the CGHS Counselling Page
On this page you can find information about the school counselling service as well as links to heaps of useful health and wellbeing resources
We have three professional school counsellors who offer a confidential service to the students, parents and whānau of Christchurch Girls’ High School. All are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and are bound by confidentiality.
Julia Field (Head of Guidance), M. Couns, MNZAC, PG Dip Education (Counselling & Guidance) email@example.com, (03) 348 0849 ext. 731; (027) 3528 027
Kashira Mehta-Woledge, NZAC (Prov.) and what else?; firstname.lastname@example.org, (03) 348 0849 ext. 709
Carolyn Heyward, NZAC (Prov.) email@example.com, (03) 348 0849 ext. 716
What do we do?
- we help to manage risk around complex mental health issues as a point of ‘first screening’ students can readily access, with no barrier to them
- we use skills, knowledge and therapeutic approaches to assist students to…
✓ be listened to, in privacy and with confidentiality
✓ safely get through moments of crisis and manage ongoing risk
✓ externalise their issues and explore their impact
✓ find solution-focused strategies to use
✓ identify their strengths and learn key emotional competencies
✓ strengthen their sense of self, and self-esteem
✓ build resilience
✓ source key information, other services and resources relevant to their situation
✓ be advocated for, as needed
✓ be encouraged, motivated and empowered
- we often assist families/whānau to communicate well with their teen and to identify ways to support them.
- we also regularly play a key role in planning and implementing programmes and services to enhance student wellbeing.
At CGHS, students can self-refer, or be referred to us by their Dean, a teacher, parent or other staff member. Sometimes students come to discuss concerns around a friend.
Counselling is confidential, unless a young person is at serious risk to themself or others.
We are available by phone or email, and operate an appointment system.
Further links and information below:
- 5 Ways To Wellbeing https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/home/ways-to-wellbeing/
- Helpline 1737 - this is a general helpline for when you just need to talk. It's the best place to call if you don't know what exact service you need
- Rainbow Youth Inc ry.org.nz email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (09) 376 4155 (11am – 5pm weekdays) a charity that offers support for sexual minority and gender diverse youth.
- Outline NZ outline.org.nz 0800 688 5463 – sexuality or gender identity helpline. Confidential support for the LGBTQI+ community, their friends and families.
- Youthline email@example.com 0800 37 66 33, free text: 234
- Chinese lifeline www.lifeline.org.nz/chinese-lifeline 0800 543 354
- Lifeline lifeline.org.nz 0800 543 354 for counselling and support
- Depression Helpline depression.org.nz 0800 111 757
- Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 - for people in distress and those worried about someone else
- Healthline – 0800 611 116
- SPARX free e-therapy tool to help reduce anxieties & low mood sparx.org.nz. Supporting Families in Mental Illness – support for families with support of a loved one with mental illness 0800 732 825
- Common Ground –a website hub providing parents, family and friends with access to information, tools and support to help a young person who is struggling - commonground.org.nz
- Skylight - support through grief 04 939 6767 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sexual Abuse Help www.helpauckland.org.nz 09 623 1700
- Victim Support www.victimsupport.org.nz/get-help/support-after-sexual-violence
- Parent Helpline – 0800 568 856
- 24 Hour National Anxiety Line 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389) www.anxiety.org.nz
- Alcohol/Drugs Helpline www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz 0800 787 797
- Ministry of Health Healthline www.health.govt.nz Healthline 0800 611 116. Free advice from registered nurses 24hr/7 days pw
Some more helpful sites:
Netsafe Internet Safety Eating Difficulties The Parenting Place Home & Family Family violence support Body Safety Feeling down? Whatsup Counselling Youth Law Attitude Victim Support Sexual Abuse School Leaver