Waimea College

Counsellors

Our counsellors are Mr. Singh, Ms. Grocott, Mrs. McKenzie and Mr. Ishrahm.

Click here to get to know more about each of them!

We come and go a bit so see below for our available times:

Mr. Singh Monday – Friday
Ms. Grocott Tuesday – Friday
Mrs. McKenzie Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Mr. Ishrahm Thursday

On this site we’re tried to gather some helpful information you can read or print off for yourself and some useful links for you to take a look at. 

You can also send us emails from this site. So, if you’d like to book an appointment or ask a question or make contact for whatever reason, feel free to do so. 

If you’re not sure what the deal is with counselling here’s some basics 

You’re welcome to come and see a counsellor for up to one period each week, you are welcome to bring a friend for the first time if you need to.  

Who can come? 

  Anybody – People come for all kinds or reasons. Mostly because they, or someone else has noticed something is not quite working the way they want it in their life, and they need some help. Being a teenager (in fact being a human) can be kind of hard at times. 

 Some people have huge stuff they want to work through, some just want to develop a few skills to cope with things: at home, school stuff, friendship stuff, the way they feel about themselves or others. Maybe they just want an adult other than their parents to talk through a few things.  

No problem is too big or small to come and have a chat, and there’s no wrong or right – it’s all about what’s helpful for you and what’s useful to help you feel ‘less stuck’. 

 How do I make an appointment? 

 You can make an appointment by emailing us or stopping past our offices at breaks or between classes (don’t come during class unless it’s an emergency as most likely we’ll be busy with students.) You can also ask your teacher to email us or ask at the student office.

Things get busy around here so it’s unlikely you can just drop in and be seen, expect to have to wait a few days, sometimes it can be longer. Obviously if there’s a huge crisis or something urgent we’ll do everything we can. 

How private will it be?

Counselling is confidential unless there is serious concern for your safety. We will mark you in KAMAR as an internal appointment so you are not marked absent but will not discuss details of your visit with anyone (including your parents) without your permission. 

Helpful Links

All Right Qtopia The Lowdown How are you? - SPARX

Action for Happiness

Helplines

  •       Need to talk? – Call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellor.
  •       Depression helpline – Call 0800 111 757 To talk to a trained counsellor 24/7.
  •       Healthline – Call 0800 611 116 to get help from a registered nurse 24/7.
  •       Youthline – Call 0800 376 633 or text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
  •       What’s Up – Call 0800 942 8787.