Guidance and Counselling

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, 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.

Located in the Student Services building.

Mrs Sarah Domigan

Acting Head of Counselling
273-2310 ext. #308

Ms Jasmine Lai

273-2310 ext. #334

Mr Rob Nikiel

273-2310 ext #313

Make an appointment with a counsellor…

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

All information you give will remain private and confidential to our counsellors.
Alternatively, go to Student Services or visit a counsellor between 8:00 am and the beginning of Period 1.

If you have an emergency dial 111

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.

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

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 thoughts
  • Managing anger
  • Stress
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 services recommended by our counsellors:

*Note: If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

Free helpline services
 Other helpful resources/ websites
  • To notify us of a student absence please email and provide the student’s name, tutor class, the date of, and reason for, the absence or call 273-2310 and leave a message on the absence answer phone.

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