Counselling is a confidential service and can help with personal issues which may be impacting your studies. Unitec's Counsellors are highly skilled, professionally qualified and come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

How we can help

The Counselling team provide short-term counselling support for students for any issues that are impacting on their studies (e.g. life challenges, depression, grief and loss, cultural or identity issues, abuse and trauma, sexuality and sexual orientation, drugs and alcohol, family or relationship issues, decision making and goal setting)

Mental Health support

If you are experiencing or have experienced a mental health condition or psychological distress and would like support, liaison, advocacy or study assistance during your time at Unitec, our Mental Health Coordination team are here to help.

Time and cost

Counselling is free for all New Zealand Domestic students. For International students there is a charge, please ensure that your insurance plan is up to date.

Each session is usually 50 to 60 minutes long. For many people one session is enough to manage things better and get back on track but if you need more sessions, we can discuss this with you and work together to develop a plan or offer referrals if appropriate.

Making an appointment

Where Building 180 (Te Puna Waiora), Mt Albert Campus
Building 510, Level 1, Waitākere Campus
Hours Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm.
Phone 0800 10 85 10

You can also complete this confidential registration form, once received you will be contacted to organise an appointment. 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 permission is given otherwise.

External support services

Depression Helpline
0800 111 757 (24/7)
Free text 4202 (24/7)
Email: using this form 

0800 543 354 or within Auckland 09 522 2999 (24/7)

Mental Health Crisis Team
0800 800 717 (24/7)

If it's an emergency phone 111, if you feel you or someone else is at risk or harm.

0800 376 633 (for 24/7 phone counselling)
Free text 234 between 8am and midnight