Guidance and Counselling
Welcome to the Counselling team within Student Services at Auckland Grammar School. We have a wealth of experience between us as well as professional qualifications in Counselling with NZAC membership.
Here, you will find access to useful information but if you feel that you or another student needs our support please don't hesitate to contact us.
- Mika Taito - Head of Student Services and Careers Counsellor. Phone 09 638 0551 or email email@example.com
- Chris Porteous - Counsellor. Phone 09 623 5400 extn 572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ellen Peacock - Counsellor. Phone 09 623 5443 or email email@example.com
- Laura Dallaston - Counsellor. Phone 09 623 5400 extn 506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meena Nathoo - Student Services Office Manager. Phone 09 623 5445 or email email@example.com
To support every student who is finding life difficult by helping them to find their own solution or coping strategies to minimise these difficulties and enable them to succeed in their studies and thrive in their extra-curricular activities at school.
Useful phone numbers
There are many resources available including contact numbers and websites for different needs, including (but not limited to) Youthline, Whatsup and the Parenting Place - click here for more details.
There are a vast array of reasons why a student may see a counsellor including:
- Issues at home with parents, siblings, wider family members, friends, peers at school, bullying and harassment, school work, homework, pressure, levels of difficulty or lacking motivation
- Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
- Behavioural issues
- Examination stress and how to manage it - click here to download a document with activities and techniques.
- Self Harm
- Sexuality or identity issues
- Loss and grief of a family member or friend
- Feeling discriminated, victimised
- Personal issues including low self esteem
- Family members or parents separating
- Parenting Teenagers
- Dealing with the stress of examinations - there are a number of techniques you can try when dealing with the pressure of examinations. Click here for more information on Mindfulness for Teenagers
The Hard Stuff by Nigel Latta
In this recent TV1 production, Nigel, a psychologist and author, speaks about the importance of talking about suicide safely. This is such an important message to get across to our youth and families in our community. Please take the time to view this if you have not already seen it. If you know someone who may be suicidal, or perhaps you do yourself, then please watch the video - it will help.
Warning signs if you have concerns for your son's safety
Self Help resources for suicidal thoughts
Mental Health and Rugby - Talk about it
Watch this video to hear what rugby players have to say about mental health and how the game helped them through it.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions around counselling sessions at Auckland Grammar School including location, confidentiality and how parents can help, please click here.