Guidance and Counselling

Students from all year levels, ethnicities and backgrounds attend counselling. Boys attend for a wide range of issues.

These include:

Assisting with conflicting life demands

Relationship issues


Grief/ loss/ family separation

Self esteem

Identity issues

Managing academic pressures 

Support for low-income families 

Advocacy for students  

Stress/ anxiety and depression

Support and guidance after stand-downs  

Health issues that impact on school work


We support each student to experience a positive environment and feel safe and successful at Hamilton Boys’ High School.

The department is located in the new student services building close to the Argyle street entrance. If you come to the main entrance and ask the receptionists they will direct you towards the guidance and counselling offices. 

Referrals are welcome from students, parents and staff. Students can fill in a referral form outside of the counselling offices and place these under the door of the offices. Parents and staff can e-mail or phone us on the contacts listed below.  

Sometimes students are referred with parental permission to Nga Ringa Awhina and ICAMBHS for specialised psychological support. This is done for students with depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other mental health issues.

There are two staff in the Guidance and Counselling department.

Ms Kate Bower  


t: 07 8530440   ext 2401

Mr Philip Coyle  (available all week)


t: 07 8530440   ext 2404

Kate and Philip hold Masters degrees in counselling and are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). They follow the code of ethics for NZAC and protect the confidentiality of clients unless there is an eminent risk to their safety or someone they know.

The following are organisations that offer additional support and guidance:

Depression NZ government

Rainbow youth  LGBT youth and Gender identity

Whats up?  Barnadoes

Skylight DVD resources  Skylight is a national not for profit trust that enables children, young people, their family/whanau and friends to navigate through times of trauma, loss and grief. 
We facilitate access to expert information, education, professional services and support. We also educate, train and support professionals, agencies and individuals who assist those dealing with trauma, loss, and grief.


Mental health referrals