Dear Referrer

Thank you for your referral.

At this stage in the year any referrals that are received will be placed on our wait list and will likely be held over until Term One 2019.
In the meantime, we understand you may wish to access other services and have listed some options for your consideration.

For youth 12 years and over

Waikato Counselling - 021 414 989

For any age

Cambridge Family Therapy - 07 827 6060

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

Or phone one of the following organisations:

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.

Hope, joy, love and gladness - let all these be
your guide this holiday season.

The Cambridge Lifeskills counsellors and Board of Trustees wishes you all
a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year. 

Cambridge Lifeskill Referrals during the holiday season

A Lifeskills team member will be in touch in the new 2019 school year, to clarify if and how we may still be able to assist and to update any referral information.
We thankyou for your understanding.
Yours sincerely
Sandy Wesford - Manager and Clinical Leader

Free Professional Counselling for Children aged 5 - 15 years who attend a Cambridge School

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. 

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: or phone 021 190 1760 and leave a message and one of the team will get back to asap.

What do we offer?

Professional counselling for Cambridge-school children and young people is free.
Cambridge Lifeskills offers individual counselling to children and young people between the ages of 5 and 15 years of age in the Cambridge district.
Trained counsellors use a variety of approaches when working with children, depending on the child's situation.
We also offer support to parents of clients; the first two sessions with a counsellor are free but a donation would be greatly appreciated, adults are then asked to pay $20 for each subsequent session.
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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