• 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

    • About Counselling

      Counselling is...

      • an opportunity to talk through life's challenges
      • a relationship in which we explore these challenges, work out how you want to change your life and put the changes in place
      • confidential and is free
      • helps you to devise and implement solutions to problems and challenges 

      Types of Counselling/Services
      Personal Counselling - this can include concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, family issues, relationship issues, friendships, grief and just about anything else...
      Addictions - External services are often used for issues like smoking, drugs and alcohol and other addictions
      Sexual Health - The school counsellor might be a good starting point to begin conversations 

      What happens in Counselling?
      In counselling you are helped to explore your difficulties and concerns, and to develop more satisfying and resourceful ways of living.

      • Counselling may at times make you feel temporarily uncomfortable, miserable or angry
      • However, overall it should feel safe and caring
      • You should also have a sense of progress over time

      A Counsellor can help you to...

      • explore your emotions, thoughts, and behaviour
      • become more aware of yourself, your values and what motivates you
      • plan and set goals
      • improve your relationships
      • reduce your stress
      • develop your sense of well-being
      • do things differently

      A Counsellor may...

      • see you on your own or with support people
      • give you information
      • discuss with you who you could talk to about your difficulties
      • act on your behalf with your consent
      • refer you to someone more appropriate

      A Counsellor is expected to...

      • be trustworthy
      • respect your confidentiality
      • listen to you carefully and sensitively
      • help you sort out how you would like things to be different
      • support you in making the changes you choose to make

      • How to Request an Appointment

        To make an appointment with any of the counsellors, email Julia (FDJ@cghs.school.nz), or text her on 027 3528 027

        Years 9 & 11 – email Carolyn (Ms Heyward to make a time: hyc@cghs.school.nz or text her on (027) 251 5375

        Years 10, 12 & 13 – email Julia (Mrs Field) to make a time: fdj@cghs.school.nz or text her on (027) 3528 027


        Drop into Te Whare Hauora on the island and fill in an appointment slip


        Phone Julia on 3480849 ext 731 (FDJ) anytime and leave a message


        • Winning Ways To Wellbeing

        • Managing Exam Stress

          If you are feeling anxious about exams this is normal! Take the time to check out these helpful booklets to ensure you are managing the extra stress effectively. If its all feeling like its getting too much, talk to someone! Good luck for the rest of the year! 

        • Youth Health Clinic

          Every Monday lunchtime a confidential health service is available for all CGHS students. Every Monday lunchtime a confidential health service is available for all CGHS students. You can email fdj@cghs.school.nz for an appointment, or drop into the clinic in Student Services (on the island) anytime during the lunch hour.

          What can the health nurses help me with?

          1.    Sexual Health Services

          ·         Supply ECP

          ·         Supply condoms

          ·         Advice on contraception

          ·         Advice on choices about sexual activity

          ·         Questions/advice on periods/menstruation

          2.    Advice on any other general medical/health concerns such as:

          ·         Skin conditions

          ·         Nutrition/Body Image

          ·         Mental Health

          ·         Stress/Anxiety

          ·         Relationship Issues

          ·         Sleeping concerns

          3.    Blood pressure checks

          4.    Basic Eye Tests