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
  • Bullying
  • 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
  • Anger

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 School Guidance Counsellor Tel: (07) 853 0440 ext 2401 Email:
Mr Philip Coyle (available all week) School Guidance Counsellor Tel: (07) 853 0440 ext 2404 Email:


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
Whats up? Barnadoes
Skylight DVD resources
Mental Health Referrals