What is the most important thing in the world?
According to the Maori proverb the answer is:
He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.
It is the people, the people, the people.

Counselling services for young people in Cambridge

Cambridge Lifeskills provides complimentary counselling services to the 13 public schools in the Cambridge district – funded by our community and grants received. Our counsellors work with tamariki and rangatahi, age 5 - 15 years old with family / whānau frequently included in the work we do with the children. 

This counselling service is an integral part of the support network available to the students  of Cambridge public schools.

Please note due to demand and our current waitlist referrals for CHS students are not possible.  Please contact your GP.

Local services for local children

Being local enables whānau with students in different schools to be seen and counselled in their familiar school environment. 

To place a referral, please complete our referral form in the footer and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.  Please also read our Waitlist Policy.

Your contributions help us provide these services

Cambridge Lifeskills is a charitable organisation. We do not receive any government funding but rely solely on the generosity and support of our fabulous Cambridge community as well as working tirelessly to raise funds to provide these services.

If you are able to contribute to the cost of these services, this will pay it forward for the next child.
Let's join hands to change all children's futures.

Find out about Club 83 and how your contributions benefit our students.

Why we do need to
offer these services?

Since our counselling service began in 1992 there has been a steady increase in the need for such a service in the community.
Changes in society have meant many children are now exposed to an increasing range of issues, including bullying, abuse, family issues & more recently Covid. Children often do not have the skills to deal with these issues.
Cambridge Lifeskills aims to offer counselling, support and encouragement so that children/young people can work through these issues.  Developing skills for managing.
At the end of the counselling process with your child and family, we will send a short evaluation form for you to complete.  Your experience is valuable to us, we appreciate knowing your feedback so we can maintain a quality service. 

Advice and recommendations for counselling outside of school

If your young person would like to see a private counsellor outside of school, please contact Lifeskills for advice and suggestions to suit his/her individual needs.
Email us or call 021 190 1760 and leave a message and one of the team will get back to asap.

What we do offer counselling for?

Counselling Criteria

General counselling where tamariki, rangatahi and whanau need support to work through a specific event or situation such as: 

Friendship struggle, Parental break-up, grief etc…

We do routinely refer students on to other more appropriate services; this is to ensure that young people and families receive the support that is best in both the short term and long term.  Please don’t be offended if we refer you on, we want what is best for your child and sometimes that is not Lifeskills.

Our Scope of Practice

Our Counsellors have an ethical responsibility to work within their scope of practice; we are fortunate to have a range of other services to refer to. Some examples of these are:

Child-centered Play Therapy

Professional counselling for Cambridge-school tamariki and rangatahi is free (Please note there is a charge if Government Agencies refer, contact us for details).

Cambridge Lifeskills offers both Counselling & Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) for tamariki who are referred.  Generally, Counselling is for the older age range 8 - 15 year olds and CCPT is for the younger range 5 - 7 year olds.  

Where do we do it?

We are a mobile service working primarily at your child's school (if in the more central Cambridge district), however we can sometimes  provide counselling at our counselling room in Cambridge.

Visit us at 56 Queen Street, Cambridge or phone 021 190 1760.

If it is an emergency or someone you know is at risk call 111

Or if non urgent phone one of the following organisations:

Local Cambridge

Natalie Gibbons Counselling
021 187 7417

Cambridge Family Therapy
07 827 6060

Being My Best
sue.b.lyon@gmail.com


Take care of our children.
Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel.
For how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa.

Dame Whina Cooper.
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