Guidance Counsellor

The Guidance Counsellor at St Patrick’s College Silverstream is Geoff Charles.
The Guidance area is found by the Staffroom and also is an area that contains Careers and Chaplaincy. Please email Geoff at charlesg@stream.school.nz for an appointment or support. Alternatively, you could phone Geoff on 04 939 4224 Ext: 745 during school hours - or leave a message. (If it is an urgent mental health issue or crisis then it is best to call Te Haika (CCDHB) on 0800 745 477).

Counselling is:

  • A way of talking over the difficulties we face
  • A relationship in which we can explore these difficulties, work out changes may need to be made and put these changes in place
  • It is confidential and free
  • Aimed to help you reach solutions to some problems or difficulties that you might be going through.
  • Personal Counselling - e.g stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, family issues, relationship issues, friendships, grief, adjusting to change, digital-related issues, ...
  • Addictions - External services are often used for issues like smoking, drugs and alcohol and other addictions.
  • Sexual Health and Related Issues - A counsellor may be a good starting point.

Types of Counselling/Services:

  • Personal Counselling - e.g stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, family issues, relationship issues, friendships, grief, adjusting to change, digital-related issues, ...
  • Addictions - External services are often used for issues like smoking, drugs and alcohol and other addictions.
  • Sexual Health and Related Issues - A counsellor may be a good starting point.

What happens in Counselling?

In counselling you are helped to explore your difficulties and concerns, and to develop an increased awareness of what is happening and why. It is about looking at the controllable and working towards how we can react to the uncontrollable and change. Counselling can make a person feel temporarily uncomfortable, downcast or angry. However, overall it should be a safe and caring environment. You should 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
  • Explore and help to improve your relationships
  • Develop agree upon strategies to reduce your stress
  • Develop your sense of hauora/wellbeing

 A Counsellor may...

  • See you on your own or with support people
  • Discuss with you who you could talk to about your difficulties
  • Act on your behalf with your consent/permission
  • 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

 

Further information on many mental health issues can be found by visiting these excellent sites:

 

 

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