​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.

COVID19 Update: Transitioning Back to Normality

As we head into Term 4, Cambridge Lifeskills is continuing to transition back to our normal operation methods.

Cambridge Lifeskills will continue to provide you and your family with support. Our mission is to support children and tamariki during these stressful and uncertain times. This includes offering parents our support in terms of how to best respond to their children’s needs consistently over this time of isolation. 

We understand that this current COVID19 situation is one that has caused a lot of uncertainty and fear for many, even as we slowly return to life as normal. 

If you find you need support during these times, please continue to reach out to us via our email (info@cambridgelifeskills.co.nz) or phone (021 190 1760). Or please see our referral form below!

Due to popular demand -

At this time due to high numbers of referrals, priority will be given to 5 – 13 year old students who don’t have access to free Ministry of Education funded Counsellors.  
Cambridge High School students who are seeking counselling are encouraged to access the C.H.S counselling service in the first instance.
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 at: info@cambridgelifeskills.co.nz or phone 021 190 1760 and leave a message and one of the team will get back to asap.

Free Professional Counselling for students who attend a Cambridge public school - aged 5-15 years old.

Who is Cambridge Lifeskills

Cambridge Lifeskills is a Not For Profit agency offering counselling for children and young people between the ages of 5 to 15 in the Cambridge district.
Since the 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, and family issues. 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 are able to work through these issues.
At the conclusion 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. 

Counselling Criteria – What we do offer counselling for?

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 a young person and family receive the support that is best in both the short term and longer 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 Counsellors have an ethical responsibility to work within their scope of practice; we are fortunate to have a range of services who are specialists in their respective areas:-

Some examples of these are:-
  • Hospice Rainbow Place 07 859 1260   - for children dealing with a dying family member
  • True Colours 07 839 4800- Dying child
  • Autism Waikato 07 8492896 – For families living with an Autistic child/ren
  • Child Development Centre 07 8398899 – Developmental or Diagnostic Support
  • Special Education Services / Rostrevor House 07 853 2533 - for ADHD
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health 07 839 7828 – self harming behaviours, chronic anxiety etc
  • Being my Best – Sue Lyon 021 1462 900 – Self-esteem and social skills group work

Professional counselling for Cambridge-school tamariki and rangatahi is free.
Cambridge Lifeskills offers individual counselling/Child-centered Play Therapy to children and young people between the ages of 5 and 15 years of age who attend a public school in the Cambridge district. Trained counsellors use a variety of approaches when working with children, depending on the child's situation. Cambridge Lifeskills also offers support to school communities affected by trauma. Counselling for children and young people is free.

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 also provide counselling at our counselling room in Cambridge if requested.

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

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

Or phone one of the following organisations:

Local Cambridge

Natalie Gibbons Counselling
phone 021 187 7417

Counselling Waikato
phone 021 106 6388

Cambridge Family Therapy
phone 07 827 6060

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

Free Parenting Helpline 
0800 568 856
All issues - all ages | 9am – 9pm | 7 days

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or text 'Help' to 4357
Lifeline Aotearoa’s helpline and textline provides 24/7, confidential support from qualified counsellors and trained volunteers.

You can call us for free at any time: 
0800 37 66 33. 
This service is available for any young person in New Zealand, or anyone who is supporting a young person. We are happy to chat with parents, grandparents, friends, whānau, teachers, coaches and more. Being supported as the support person is incredibly important. 


What's Up - 0800 942 8787 (for 5-18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, midday-11pm and weekends, 3pm011pm. Online chat is available 7pm-10pm daily.


Kidsline - 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.


Anxiety New Zealand -
0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)

We also have specialist registered psychologists ready to help you manage stress, recover from anxiety, depression or co-related conditions you may be experiencing. 


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