Guidance | Wellington College


Wellington College Counsellor: Rob Withers
        Phone 802 2548 Private Line – 24 hours
        Confidential counselling for students, parents and staff
School Chaplain:  Mrs Liz Pa’u

What is Counselling?
Counselling is a special way of talking over the difficulties we face.  Counselling is a relationship in which we can explore these difficulties, work out how you want to change your life and put the changes in place.
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.
Counselling can be for parents as well as for students.  It can also be for a family group.  In all cases counselling is confidential.
How to make an appointment
Leave a note or an appointment slip in the locked box in the Counsellor’s waiting room.Alternatively, phone 802 2548 anytime and leave a message.  In each case, leave name and form and suggest a time that suits you.  The Counsellor will get back to you in confidence.

The Parents' and Caregivers' Guide

Click here for the The Parents' and Caregivers' Guide for Developing Responsible Teens.  This booklet gives information and ideas on the raising of young people through their adolescent years.  It covers some of the environmental factors that they may encounter such as alcohol, drugs, smoking, and parties along with mental health issues. It gives suggestions on where in Wellington you can get help.  It is just a summary, a starting point, but it does introduce the main stumbling blocks.  Please feel free to download this publication, and to share it round.

Discovery for Teens is a powerful and incredibly successful seven day programme designed for all kiwi teenagers from 14-18 years.  A number of WellingtonCollege students have completed it over the years.  It provides teens with an opportunity to discover their true potential and to use it.  It is run in the April and October school holidays.  The next programme will be in Upper Hutt in April.  A free information evening will be held on Tuesday 20th March, 7.30pm at Johnsonville Community Centre, 7 Frankmore Ave.  Here you will learn more about the content of the programme and it's cost.  RSVP Phone 0800 493 968

For More details check our Counselling & Chaplaincy section