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Being able to talk through things with someone can sometimes help you see things differently, recognise feelings and make changes in your thoughts and actions.

Our counselling service offers you the opportunity to speak in confidence to one of our qualified counsellors about anything that is worrying you. These could be:

  • stress
  • course concerns
  • relationship difficulties
  • personal issues
  • any other worries or concerns.

This is service available to you by appointment only and an appointments are about 50 minutes. You will see the same counsellor for all your visits.

You can book a session by either phoning us or coming into the Health Centre reception.

Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru student counselling

We offer our students in Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru support through the following services in addition to student support at our campuses :

  • Family Works
    26 North Street, Timaru
    03 688 5029
  • Presbyterian Support Services
    03 308 5868

Staff listing

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Patrick Slade

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Rashi Gadekar

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Anna Hemapo


Counselling appointments are available term time:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am - 4pm
  • Friday 9am - 3pm


As a student you are entitled to three free sessions per year.

Entry requirements

You will need to register to use a service at the Health Centre with us. Bring your Student ID card or your course receipt on your first visit.

Contact details

Phone(03) 940 7566
Fax(03) 940 8680


Health Centre, Whareora, City campus