At Ellesmere College we have a team of two counsellors both working part time. We both have post-graduate counselling qualifications, and are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. We abide by our asssociation's Code of Ethics which means that confidentiality is maintained unless there is imminent risk to safety.
• The Counsellors work in the Student Support building adjacent to the Home Economics rooms
• Referrals are welcome from students, parents and staff
• An appointment system is used to enable Counsellors to give our students uninterrupted sessions
• Counsellors offer individual and small group counselling, mediation and advocacy
• We share a commitment to working towards a socially healthy and emotionally safe school
• Over 20 students attend counselling each week for a wide range of issues. Students are represented from all academic levels, and from all ethnicities and year groups
• If appropriate, and with parental consent, students are able to be referred free of charge to CAF rural for psychological support. This may be recommended when students face depression, anxiety, panic attacks or other mental health issues
• Itinerant counsellors from the youth section of Community Alcohol and Drug Services can also work from our premises from time to time, Students or parents sometimes request this service, and it is easier if they can be seen at school
Dr Murray Cameron
Part-time Counsellor (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
MSc(distinction), PhD, DipMH MEd Counselling (Hons)
Provisional Member of NZAC
Ph: 324 3862 / 027 694 5275
Part-time Counsellor (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
BSc, Dip Tchg, Master of Counselling (Hons)
Provisional Member of NZAC
Ph. 324 3862 / 027468 8927
Public Health Nurse
Angela runs a confidential Student Health Clinic in the Counsellor's Office every Monday lunchtime at Ellesmere College.
Students can make an appointment to see her through the Counsellor's Office. Appointments need to be made by 10.00am on Monday.
Making an Appointment
You can drop into the counselling area at the start of the day (between 8.30 and 8.45) to make an appointment with a counsellor of your choice. An appointment box with slips is located just inside the door of the waiting room. You are also welcome to email us directly.
Please email or phone to make an appointment.
Phone: 03 324 3862
Text: 027 468 8927
Out of School Help
Recommended telephone lines:
Youthline: 0800-376633 or txt 234
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Mental Health Emergency: (24/7) 0800 920 092
Depression Help line: 0800 111 757
Healthline: 0800 611 116
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (for those in distress or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else)
From anxiety to suicidal thoughts or feelings, the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation’s A-Z has top quality information that has been reviewed by NZ registered psychologist Dr Janet Peters. These easy to read guides are designed to help you understand, and make decisions about, your mental health: A-Z of mental health conditions
For sexuality issues: www.theword.org.nz
Body image and eating issues: www.eden.org.nz
Autism Spectrum Disorder: www.autismnz.org.nz
Want someone to talk to: youthline.co.nz
Information, tools and tips to help parents, caregivers, whanau and friends to support a young person who is struggling with a mental health issue, tips for ways support people can take care of themselves: commonground.org.nz