Counselling services we offer you at AUT

What is counselling?

Counselling is a process of privately talking through anything that is concerning you. Counsellors will listen to you sensitively and without judgement, and will try and see things from your point of view. We provide a practical and solution-focused counselling approach to student concerns.

What can I talk about?

  • Any concerns about your studies
  • Loss and grief
  • Coping with stress
  • Relationships
  • Concerns about sexuality
  • Anger, anxiety or depression
  • Motivation
  • Conflict
  • Alcohol or drug issues
  • Changes and worries
  • Feeling suicidal or at risk of harm
  • Domestic violence
  • Harassment or bullying

Make an appointment to see a counsellor

  • Standard counselling appointments are one hour long and will need to be booked in advance. There may be a wait period for appointments during busy times of the year
  • We have a limited number of daily “duty” appointments available. These can only be booked on the day and will be prioritised for one-off and urgent appointments.
  • Counselling interns are available at our City Campus

Phone us on:
City Campus: +64 9 921 9992
North Campus: +64 9 921 9998
South Campus: +64 9 921 9992

Visit us:
Come to reception at the Health, Counselling and Wellbeing centres

Our counsellors

Sabrina Afu - Counsellor

BSocPrac, Postgraduate Diploma Professional Supervision (Merit), Member MNZAC

I believe the counselling relationship is a collaborative one which brings forth the client’s resourcefulness, strengths and possibilities for dealing with whatever difficulty he/she is experiencing. My professional areas of interest are grief/loss, trauma, decision-making, assertiveness and depression/anxiety.

Rick Cusack
Rick Cusack - Counsellor

Hello. Having grown up in the South Island, I first went to the University of Otago then went on to be a secondary school teacher in the Hawke’s Bay and Solomon Islands. In terms of counselling, I later trained as a social worker at Victoria University then completed the Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in AUT. I’ve primarily worked in hospitals, alcohol and drug services and tertiary institutions. I am able to help you explore: addictions, anxiety and depression, sexuality issues, stress and many other issues. I have learned that how people relate to each other is the primary place from which to develop skills in living. I work at both the City and North Campuses.

Anna Fleming - Counsellor

Kia ora! Ko Anna Fleming toku ingoa. Ko Ngāpuhi me Tūhoe ngā iwi.

My name is Anna Fleming and my whakapapa links me to Ngāpuhi in the north, Tūhoe and Te Urewera, and London in England. I have trained as a psychotherapist here at AUT, and prior to this worked as a social worker for a number of years.I believe that therapy and counselling provides a way to gain support and understanding often in times of difficulty. My aim is to provide my clients with a safe environment to share what is going on for them and together we explore possibilities and solutions. My practice is informed by both indigenous and psychodynamic models which offer a holistic, overall perspective to health and wellbeing.My areas of interest include indigenous health, attachment theory, identity issues, family dynamics, stress and anxiety. I work at both City and Akoranga campuses.

Sharon Lee – Counsellor, North Campus 

BA, Ethics and Women’s Studies Cert., Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

I appreciate the opportunity to assist clients to address their concerns and challenges. It is important to me to do this with respect and to achieve the desired outcome in a brief and solution focused manner. My practice and experience of many years is informed by narrative and systemic therapies. The counselling process offers an opportunity to reflect in confidence and to discover fresh responses and pragmatic options to troublesome areas of relationship, study, work and life. I am based on the North Campus.

Amanda Lees
Amanda Lees – Counsellor

M.A. (Hons); M.Ed. – Counselling (Hons); Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)

Developments in neuroscience provide exciting information about the closely interwoven aspects of the human mind-and-body. My counselling practice is influenced by this information, whilst also having a humanistic and client-centred approach; I use an eclectic set of strategies to facilitate change. My work history includes town planning, market research and tertiary counselling.

I enjoy working alongside people to resolve difficult experiences, whether these stem from recent or old situations. I provide a warm and safe space for working with issues about the ‘self’ and identity, self-worth, loss and grief, disruptive emotions, neglect and abuse, relationships, transitions, cultural adjustment, spirituality, and personal change. My counselling practice focuses on my client’s need for well-being, developing understanding about their issues, and most importantly, building capacity to deal with the difficult areas of life and to live a more vital life. I work at the City and North Shore campuses.

Seema Woollaston - Counsellor, South Campus

MSW (Applied), PGDip Cognitive Therapy, PGCert HSc (Mental Health)
MANZASW, Registered Social Worker

My role at the South Campus is a combined role of Counsellor and Student Advisor – Mental Health, and I am available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have a background in social work, and have specialised in mental health counselling, having worked in the child, adolescent and family mental health field for 14 years. My approach to working with clients is holistic, and keeps the family and other relational systems in mind. I use a variety of models including Cognitive, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Solution Focused and Narrative therapies.  My particular areas of interest are working with migrants and cultural issues, the interface of cultural and clinical issues, supporting those affected by mental health issues, and mindfulness-based therapies.

Last updated: 04-Oct-2016 4.27pm

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