We provide a range of free health and social services to our students. Students can self-refer to any of our services, just walk in and ask our friendly receptionist.
Our team consists of:
We work in conjunction with services outside of school, to provide a holistic health approach to our students. These services include:
He aha te mea nui o tea ao? / What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. / It is people, it is people, it is people.
Our Otahuhu College Counsellor, Claudia Pezza, is an overseas trained Psychologist with experience both in South America and in New Zealand.
Claudia has strong experience working with clients and their whanau, helping them build and rebuild their self-esteem and empowering them while increasing their self-confidence. She works with a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary team to provide students with the best support so that their needs are met. Through the counselling process students are supported in finding ways to deal and cope with a variety of issues that they might be experiencing at school, in the community or at home.
Students might seek counselling for a variety of reasons:
|Low self esteem
|Lack of motivation, including to study
|Grief and loss
|Alcohol and drug issues
|Gender diversity and identity issues
All sessions are confidential. The right measures will be taken to ensure student’s wellbeing when safety risks are involved and a safety plan will be discussed with the student and/or their family where appropriate.
Whatsup – a counselling phone line for 5 – 18 yrs, available 1pm to 11pm, seven days a week, 7 days a week, with trained counsellors taking the calls.
Kidsline – info and telephone counselling for children age 9 to 13 years old
http://www.leva.co.nz/suicide-prevention/what-le-va-does/BRAVE – this is a video clip that is useful for young people
http://www.auntydee.co.nz/ an interactive on line programme for kids to access help