We understand the challenges and pressures our boys face as they navigate their journey towards becoming young men. Our Guidance Counsellors are dedicated to assisting this transition for anyone seeking or needing help. In a caring and supportive environment, our counsellors provide strategies to help our boys work through and overcome their struggles, so they can succeed and thrive in life.
Mrs Silipa is a qualified and very experienced school counsellor. With 27 years’ experience, she has worked in Catholic boys’ schools for nine years, two of those at Sacred Heart.
With her pastoral leadership experience, Mrs Silipa has implemented programmes that foster positive school-community relationships – such as Peer Support, Restorative Practice, Peer Mediation and the Travellers’ programme.
Mr Loulanting is a qualified secondary school teacher and holds a postgraduate qualification in counselling. He is passionate about working with young men and has worked in secondary and tertiary educational settings for the last 12 years.
Both of our counsellors are experts at identifying mental health and well-being needs and recommending age-appropriate programmes to help address them. They work closely with our Pastoral Care team, Heads of Years, the School Nurse and Specialist Teacher Supports. Their practice abides by the NZAC and NZCCA Code of Ethics, meaning confidentiality is respected and maintained unless there is an imminent safety risk.
Making an appointment
Counselling offices are located with student privacy in mind. Students can make an appointment by visiting the counselling area between 8:00 and 8.45 am and filling out a request slip.
Alternatively, students, or parents on a student’s behalf, can book an appointment by emailing or calling our counsellors directly. Our counsellors are also available for inquiries and advice.
Students from all academic levels, ethnicities and backgrounds can seek counselling each week. We warmly welcome anyone who feels they would benefit from counselling – regardless of what they are going through.
People need counselling for many reasons:
- Personal issues – low self-esteem
- Stress at home – parent separation or financial difficulties
- Stress at school – schoolwork, homework, pressure, levels of difficulty or lacking motivation
- Relationship issues – friends, romantic, parents, siblings, wider family members or peers at school
- Bullying and harassment
- Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
- Behavioural issues
- Examination stress and how to manage it
- Sexuality or identity issues
- Grief and loss of a family member or friend
- Feeling discriminated, victimised
- Drugs and alcohol, addictions
- Body image – eating disorders
Our counsellors are well-equipped to navigate sensitive situations. To support students, they may offer individual or small group counselling, mediation and advocacy, peer support or a well-being assessment. Students may also access external agencies for further support if necessary.
If students are facing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or other mental health issues, they may be referred to the Kari Centre, Whirinaki or Marinoto for psychological support. This is free of charge and requires parent or guardian consent first. On occasion, itinerant counsellors from Youthline, Altered High and other youth and mental health organisations may come into the school in collaboration with our counsellors or the Pastoral Care Team.