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Counselling at Student Health

Haere Mai & Welcome to Student Health Counselling

Student Health Counselling provides short-term, counselling support to Otago students on   Dunedin campus to help them to achieve their academic and personal goals. 

Counselling at Student Health:

To enable us to see as many students as possible for short-term counselling, we will help students who need longer term counselling to find appropriate help from an external provider.

Getting started with Counselling

The first step is to book an appointment with our triage counsellor by calling reception

0800 479 821

Appointments can only be made for the day that they are requested.

During this appointment, your triage counsellor will ask you questions to understand what has brought you to counselling and to help you to start resolving any immediate issues. Your triage counsellor will work with you to develop a plan or the first steps in getting you back on track with your life and studies.

Your triage counsellor may suggest other helpful options, including   providing you with information such as access to on-line wellness tools, referral to a group programme within the university, short-term counselling with a student health counsellor, referral to other supports on or off-campus  

Who can access my information?

Your counsellor’s notes relating to each visit are also accessible to the GPs and nurses at Student Health who are involved in your care. This allows us to provide you with more comprehensive and holistic care.

We take your privacy seriously. As a general rule, we do not share your health information with anyone outside of Student Health without your express permission; the exception would be if personal safety is at significant risk.

Cancelling an appointment:

We prefer appointments are cancelled with 24 hour notice. This enables us to offer this appointment time to another student. If you do not attend an appointment without letting your Counsellor or reception know you could be charged $20.

Healthy Campus website:

Is a useful resource on all aspects of health and well-being, including specific   resources  to support your good mental  health and emotional well-being.

Group Coaching:

Work with a coach in a group context to manage stress, improve motivation and stay on top of life and study.