Counselling at Student Health

Counselling is a process of talking confidentially with an impartial professional. We will listen to you sensitively and without judgement. It is often useful to have an objective ‘outsider’ who is qualified to see the ‘big picture’ to help you with personal and or academic problems.

We provide a diverse range of approaches. The counselling team are made up of registered psychologists, psychotherapists and qualified counsellors. We work with individuals and provide group work e.g. Exam stress, anxiety and relaxation.


First appointment

You can call Student Health during office hours or call in to make an initial counselling appointment. The first session will be with the Duty Counsellor and is for 30 minutes where we will assess your needs and refer you for counselling or where your needs can best be met.

Appointments are not booked in advance, please call us on the day you require the appointment.

Follow up appointments

If you are referred to counselling from the initial counselling assessment, you will usually receive an appointment within 4 days. We are able to offer each student up to ten counselling sessions per year.


© Student Health Service
Cnr Walsh & Albany Streets
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Freephone 0800 479 821

Tel 64 3 479 8212
Fax 64 3 479 8106

(Please do not email to cancel or make appointments)