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Expressing your thoughts and concerns with someone can help you see things differently, allow you to recognise your feelings, and enable you to make changes in your thoughts and actions.

Christchurch student counselling

Our counselling service offers you the opportunity to speak in confidence to one of our qualified counsellors about anything that’s worrying you, such as:

  • Stress
  • Course concerns
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Personal issues
  • Any other worries or concerns

Counselling is available by appointment only, with each appointment being about 50 minutes long. You’ll see the same counsellor for all your visits.

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

Ara has partnered with OCP and Puawaitanga Counselling services to support our students.

Outside of Campus hours
National Counselling Service
Need to talk - Call anytime for Support from a trained counsellor
Phone or text 1737

Counselling appointments are available by appointment Monday to Friday.

As a student you are entitled to free counselling.

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.

Ashburton, Timaru and Oamaru student counselling

Now available: Monday to Wednesday 9am - 2.50pm

To book and access free counselling contact
Student Health Centre
03 940 7566

Leigh Lawless

Leigh Lawless

Kia ora, my name is Leigh Lawless. I’m a registered counsellor and the student counsellor at the Timaru campus. I’m often asked what counselling is or how it works. Basically, it’s a private space to allow you time to reflect, feel supported and work through feelings or situations that are causing difficulties. You might reach out for support via counselling if you have something going on in your personal life, with your classes or something that causes you to feel overwhelmed. If you ever feel like this, please do call the confidential number at the health centre to book an appointment with me. Getting support early on can be really helpful in working things through and equally it’s important to reach out when things are really tough.

Nga mihi nui, Leigh