At Orewa College we have qualified counsellors serving our school community. Ms Needham and Mr McLeay are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Ms Howson has recently joined our Guidance department as a Counselling Psychologist.
We abide by the Code of Ethics of our respective associations, which means that confidentiality is maintained unless there is an imminent risk to safety.
We are all qualified and registered teachers, with a number of years’ experience between us. We are passionate about maintaining our students’ right to free and confidential counselling and guidance. We aim to work collaboratively within our strong pastoral team to support the students as best we can when and where appropriate. We work towards reducing barriers to a student’s academic progress, as well as improving a student’s emotional wellbeing.
Common issues we are able to support students and families with include:
|Bullying and harassment||Depression||Drugs and alcohol|
|Friendships||Inability to concentrate||Lack of motivation|
|Loss and grief||Low self esteem||Relationships|
We are able to work alongside families towards supporting our students. We work closely with external agencies, to ensure families and students are able to access the resources available within our community. We also have a team of Youth Workers who work alongside our Guidance team.
We work hard to make our service as accessible as possible, so there are a number of ways for students to make an appointment.