Whether you're worried about study or personal matters, the Counselling Centre can help you work through issues affecting your wellbeing and success.

Counselling is a process of talking about your concerns, with the aim of bringing about some change in the way you are experiencing your life. Sometimes counselling can help you to recognise feelings that may have built up over time.

Counselling is a confidential service and can help with personal issues which may be impacting on your studies. Unitec's counsellors are highly skilled and professionally qualified and they come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, including men and women, Māori, and gay practitioners.

A counsellor won't tell you what to do, but will help you consider all the available options.

Counselling can help with

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Anger and conflict
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Changes and worries
  • Cultural or identity issues
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Family or relationship issues
  • Decision making and goal setting

Time and cost

Counselling is free for all New Zealand/Domestic Unitec students. International student fees will be charged to their insurance plan.

Each session is usually 50 to 60 minutes long. For many people one session is all they want, others may need more.

Making an appointment

Make an appointment by phoning Pou Aroha Student Support Reception on 0800 10 85 10, or  email us at or come and see us at reception at Building 28, Mt Albert campus.

Please complete the registration form and the confidential questionnaire to ensure that we can best respond to your situation and needs.

We aim to see all students within two weeks, but please tell us if you would like to request an urgent appointment.


What is talked about during the session is strictly confidential within the centre, unless you give permission for it to be shared with anyone else.


Counselling is available at all campuses - Mt Albert, Waitakere and Northern. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Where: Building 28, Student Support - Pou Aroha, Mt Albert campus, Student Central, Waitakere campus, Student Central, Northern campus

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8am - 5pm, Friday, 8am - 4.30pm

Contact:  Pou Aroha Student Support Reception on 0800 10 85 10 or +64 9 815 4321 ext 7248