Guidance and Counselling

 

To see a counsellor...

 

Student referral for yourself or someone else (if you are concerned about one of your peers)

 

Caregiver referral for student

 

All information you give will remain private and confidential to our Counsellors.

Welcome to the Guidance team at Botany Downs Secondary College. We share a commitment of working towards a socially healthy and emotionally safe school.

 

Our aim is to support the wellbeing and safety of all students at BDSC to enable our young people to achieve their full potential. We are professionally trained counsellors, fully registered members of New Zealand Association of Counsellors and we work according to the ‘NZAC Code of Ethics’. We maintain confidentiality unless there is a serious and imminent risk to safety.

 

Team members and Location

We are located in the Student Services building, just to the right of Reception.

 

Thomson-Iain Mr ITN 120x90Mr. Iain Thomson

Head of Guidance, Counsellor
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phone 09 2732310 ext. #336

 

Rowe-Leanne LRE 120x90Mrs. Leanne Rowe

Counsellor
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phone 09 2732310 ext. #229

 

What is Counselling? 

Counselling is a professional helping process which assists a person to explore difficulties and concerns, and supports them to find new solutions or ways of coping. Talking with a counsellor at BDSC is seen as a normal thing to do. We work with students of all academic levels, and from all ethnicities for a wide range of issues. Students do not need to be “in trouble” at school!”

The majority of students self-refer, but others are referred by school staff, students or parents.

Counsellors offer mainly individual counselling but also run group programmes (mainly for Years 9 and 10), we also work alongside and refer to specialist agencies - this can be recommended for students experiencing acute mental health issues, addiction or historical trauma.

 

People might seek counselling support for reasons such as:

 

  • Difficulties at home/school
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bullying
  • Abuse
  • Loss and Grief
  • Anxiety
  • To make better informed decisions
  • Support in problem solving and finding resolutions
  • Feeling lost
  • Depression or suicidal thought
  • Managing anger
  • Stress

 

Whatever your issue or concern the counsellors will be happy to assist you.

 

Your counsellor may also:

 

  • See you on your own or with support people
  • Give you information
  • Provide referrals for specific help
  • Act on your behalf with your consent
  • Facilitate mediations to resolve conflict

 

Other Support

 

Some helpful youth services recommended by our counsellors:

 

Telephone lines

  • Youthline 0800-376633 or txt 027 4 youths
  • Chinese Lifeline 0800-888880
  • Domestic Violence Centre (24 hour line) 0508 744 633
  • Sexual abuse help (24 hours) 6231700

Websites