Guidance Counsellors

Sancta Maria College has at its heart the well-being of every student. We aim to provide an environment in which every boy and girl feels valued, loved, respected and affirmed; an environment in which each student develops a ‘can do’ approach to life in the knowledge that ideas will be encouraged and diversity embraced.

Sancta Maria College’s Counsellors, who are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, offer a confidential and professional service to students. Students can be seen individually or in small groups through an appointment system.

Small groups that focus on particular issues such as resilience, anger management, loss or managing feeling down are offered as needed.


  • Jenny Goddard Monday to Thursday
  • Mary O’Malley Friday

Located in BU1, next to Careers.

Appointments – to make an appointment or refer someone: 

  • Fill out a slip in the Waiting Room and post it into the Post-box
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  • Phone 274 4081 Ext 286


Counselling can help you to:

  • Feel better about yourself 
  • Think about, and do, things in a different way 
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Plan and set goals 
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour 
  • Understand yourself better 
  • Improve your relationships
  • Get access, or be referred, to other support as necessary 

Things can often begin to feel better if you’re able to just be yourself and talk with someone who isn’t going to judge you and who won’t tell other people about what you’ve said.

Sometimes you can then start to come up with ideas yourself about how you can deal with things differently or ideas can come out of what you both talk about – “two heads are better than one” is an old saying that’s often true.   

You’re important, and there’s always someone that you matter to. Things do get better, and sometimes we just need someone or some others to “carry” us a little bit till they do get better. Counselling can help with that.

You can bring a support person or come alone. Just fill in a request slip from outside the counselling room door and a slip will be sent to you with an appointment. 

We aim to support students as learners by brief, skilful interventions that problem-solve or identify mental health issues that require ongoing attention or referral. Our goal is a happy, settled student who can maximise his/her potential and go on to a fulfilling life.


Our role is significantly different from other staff.

We are members of a professional body, the NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors). The NZAC places a high value on confidentiality. One reason for this is that young people usually recover from their problems and it is important that no outmoded information goes with them as they mature. The requirement to maintain confidentiality is written into the NZAC Code of Ethics and can be the subject of a complaint if it is not observed. 

In the school setting, it is sometimes helpful to share information with other staff and/or family so they can be of assistance to the young person. If his is done respectfully and with the agreement/knowledge of the young person, it should result in an improved outcome. Early intervention is the key.

If there is risk to a young person, a counsellor will always take action of some sort to minimise that risk. Please ask our counsellors about this.

SOME HELPFUL WEBSITES AND PHONE NUMBERS 0800 111 757  0800 942 8787 0800 54 37 54 0800 37 66 33 0800 111 757


  • DHB Mental Health Clinics. Our local Clinic is Te Puawaitanga, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Students are referred there for more serious issues such as persistent depression, anxiety disorders or phobias, or symptoms of mental health issues such as early psychosis.
  • REDS. Regional Eating Disorders Service. This is located at Greenlane Hospital.
  • CADS. Community Alcohol and Drug services. A harm-minimisation approach is adopted. For total abstinence approaches Odyssey House is recommended.
  • Centre for Youth Health. This medical centre specialises in Youth Health.
  • Many other organisations and individual Counselling or Psychology Services work with us. We are happy to make referrals that suit individual students and their families.

There are many ways for us to give support to the parents of our students. Newsletters often carry an article or links to important information. Do ask us for more information or any other forms of support that might be helpful. YOU and your children are our first priority.