Counselling

The well-being of your child, within our school is paramount to the Counselling Department. We are vitally interested in developing relationships that will create a feeling of "belonging", "being connected" as a member of the Somerville community.
Somerville has two school counsellors who offer a confidential and professional service to students and who are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Students can be seen individually or in small groups through an appointment system. We work directly with students as well as collaborating with families and staff.

Jasmine Lai

Jasmine has a background in Psychology, and has completed her Master of Counselling through University of Auckland. She has been working in Somerville Intermediate school for almost 4 years to date. She is a Malaysian who speaks in a variety of languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai and some Bahasa Malaysia. She adopts creative methods in therapy to work with young individuals, and finds young individuals inspiring and full of surprises. She is available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8.30 am - 3.00 pm. She can be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and/or telephone (09) 5351070, ext. 817.

Pip Speedy

After teaching for many years in both Montessori and public school settings Pip developed a strong interest and concern for the social and emotional needs of young people. This passion inspired her to transition from teaching to counselling and complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. She has experience in group facilitation and counselling at Youthline as well as in secondary and primary schools. Pip works with a wide range of issues, using a creative and strengths based counselling approach. Pip is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. She can be contacted via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and/or telephone (09) 5351070, ext. 816 

 

 

We are all looking forward to working with you!

Message for Students

Add school counsellors to the list of people you can turn to when you need help. They know how to listen and can help students with life's challenges. School counsellors have special training in how to help kids solve problems, make decisions, and stand up for themselves.


We are available for you and want to make your school experience "the best it can be". Our job is to take your problem seriously and help you find a solution. We also want to help you learn as much as you can in class, be a contributing member of the school community, and be a positive influence on your environment.


You're important, and there's always someone – a friend, a cat, family – that you matter to. Things do get better, and sometimes we just need someone or some others to "carry" us a little bit till they do get better. Counselling can help with that.

How can counselling help? (from "School Counselling" NZAC)

Counselling can help you to:

  • Feel better about yourself
  • Think about, and do, things in a different way
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Plan and set goals
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Understand yourself better
  • Improve your relationships
  • Get access, or be referred, to other support as necessary

Some helpful websites and phone numbers:

Feeling down? http://www.thelowdown.co.nz
http://www.whatsup.co.nz 0800 942 8787
www.kidsline.org.nz 0800 kidsline 0800 54 37 54
www.youthline.co.nz or phone 0800 37 66 33
Helpline 0800 111 757