• 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 (NZAC) and are bound by confidentiality.

    Julia Field (Head of Guidance), Master of Counselling (Massey), MNZAC, PG Dip Education (Counselling & Guidance) fdj@cghs.school.nz, (03) 348 0849 ext. 731; (027) 3528 027

    Kashira Mehta-WoledgeMaster of Counselling (UC), NZAC (Prov.); mek@cghs.school.nz

    Amy LynasBachelor of Counselling (BTI), NZAC (Prov.) lna@cghs.school.nz


    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:

     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

    • 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


        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

          How students can make an appointment with the Health Nurse

          Students from any year level can now book an appointment with a registered nurse from the Public Health Service, by texting (021) 580 443 or emailing studenthealth@cdhb.health.nz with their full name, year and school, and the team will arrange an appointment at school during the school day. This is free and confidential healthcare and can be related to concerns regarding physical, mental or sexual health.  

          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