Otago Polytechnic

The Kowhai Centre provides free counselling support to the community.

Student counsellors from the Bachelor of Social Services programme offer supportive counselling to members of the public in a training environment under NZAC supervision.

Students of the programme are in their second year of training, bringing with them knowledge of theory, life experience, previous training and diversity. Students are supported by lecturing staff and counsellors within the community to provide free counselling in Dunedin which is professional, supportive and accessible.

  Services offered

The Kowhai Centre offers individual counselling sessions to people over the age of 16 years in a confidential and safe setting to explore, clarify or resolve life's challenges such as:

  • Relationships
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • Parenting
  • Self-esteem
  • Planning and goal setting
  • Life changes

All students receive regular individual supervision by qualified members of a professional association such as New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

  What you can expect
  • Confidentiality
  • Professional support
  • Respectful, caring counsellors
  • Comfortable, private setting
  • A person-centred approach and other counselling models of practice
  • NZAC supervised counselling.
  Staff

Jo Cook
Kowhai Practice Manager
MProfPrac (Counselling), MDAPAANZ

Chris Williamson
Head of College, College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing
MEd (Couns), PGDip, MNZAC

Additional members of staff within the College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing provide supervision: Morag Cunningham and Jo Cook.

  Hours of service

Thursday 11.00am - 7.00pm

Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm

  Making an appointment

If you would like to make an appointment you can phone or email us directly, or a referral can be made by another professional of any service, organisation or agency. The Kowhai Centre Manager will contact you to find out more about your situation so we can offer you the best service possible.

Kowhai Centre is open to the public. We accept donations and do not charge for services.

Make an appointment

  Contact

Phone 03 479 6198 

Please leave a message on the answering machine as we are only able to take calls within the hours of service. Alternatively, please email the Kowhai Centre Manager, kowhai.centre@op.ac.nz

  Visitor Carparking

Visitor carparking is located adjacent D Block off Harbour Terrace. Please display your appointment card on your vehicle dashboard.

  Location

Kowhai Centre

G301, Level 3, G Block 
Corner of Union Street and Harbour Terrace (opposite the Robertson Library)
College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing, Otago Polytechnic
Dunedin 9054

Visitor carparking is located adjacent D Block off Harbour Terrace. Please display your appointment card on your vehicle dashboard.