​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.

Cambridge Lifeskills offer our service during school term time.  

You are welcome to complete a Referral form via our website and once allocated to one of our team, they will be in contact with you.  

Grab your tickets to our amazing Raffle

What an easy and fun way to support our local Cambridge children / tamariki & youth / rangatahi.  Every dollar raised is used to provide counselling sessions.

Look at these amazing prizes generously sponsored, please support these businesses.

Message us on Facebook or email info@cambridgelifeskills.co.nz and we will be more than happy to get tickets to you, either in person or electronically.

Welcome to 2022!

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

All Lifeskills employees carry a Vaccine Pass and are following The Traffic Lights (Covid-19 Protection Framework).  http://covid19.govt.nz (traffic lights).

For further support and resources during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, please see our list of other support services at the bottom of this page should your need be urgent.

If you have concerns for the safety and wellbeing of a young person please contact your Doctor to seek advice or if it is an emergency dial 111.


Ma te rongo, ka mohio
Ma te mohio, ka marama
Ma te marama, ka matau
Ma te matau, ka ora

Through listening comes awareness,
through awareness comes understanding,
through understanding, comes knowledge,
through knowledge comes life and wellbeing

Congratulations Allysia!

Allysia took part in the Tarawera Ultramarathon (part of the Ultra Trail World Tour) on February 13 and 14, 2021 - to raising funds to support Cambridge Lifeskills.

She successfully completed the 160km event within the 36 hour time limit and we're beyond grateful and proud of Allysia and her outstanding effort! Thank you to our fantastic sponsors and all those who kindly donated in support of Allysia to help Cambridge-school age children receive free counselling.

Counselling & Child Centered Play Therapy

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.  

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.

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

About Cambridge Lifeskills

Cambridge Lifeskills is a Not For Profit agency offering Counselling and Child Centered Play Therapy for tamariki and rangatahi / young people between the ages of 5 to 15 who attend a Cambridge public school.
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 (Please note there is a charge if Government Agencies refer, contact us for details).
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 we do our mahi?

We provide our service at your child's school (if you are from one of the more central Cambridge schools), if you are from a very rural school, we invite you to our agency at 56 Queen Street, Cambridge for sessions.

Our contact number is 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

Go to www.nzac.org.nz to search for a Counsellor

Natalie Gibbons Counselling - 

phone 021 187 7417

Craig Whisker - phone 021 213 9921

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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