Explore your options

Do you want a career in counselling? The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in a diverse range of environments in Aotearoa New Zealand. Explore collaborative counselling approaches, find out about power relations, and consider how historical, cultural and social contexts shapes people’s lives.

You’ll be guided through the programme by passionate staff with years of experience, many of who are active in their communities which means that what you’ll learn reflects the real challenges you’ll experience in practice.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling8Part-time for 18 monthsCounsellor, Relationship counsellor, School counsellor, Counsellor in a community or government organisation, Counsellor in a private practiceThis programme is no longer offered for new enrolments

Industry connections

We have strong links with the West Auckland community and industry organisations. We are members of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, the Social Workers Registration Board, and the New Zealand Association of Counsellors

We also work closely with community organisations around New Zealand and the Pacific. Organisations like te Waipuna Puawai, Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday, the Problem Gambling Foundation and the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations have helped us develop our programme.


During your studies you’ll have access to audio-visual systems, dictaphones and statistical software to use for research and during your practicum.

The Waitakere campus library has a large collection of community and social practice resources, and computer labs are available during the day and in the evening.