Waitākere College


“Nā te raranga te kete tuatinitini e waihanga hei tiaki i ngā taonga e kawea” - Through weaving many strands a basket is formed to protect what's within

Here at Waitākere College, we offer a range of services to promote the health and wellbeing (Hauora) of our students. 

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Introducing The Guidance Team at Waitākere College - they are here to help YOU.

Patricia Aguilera RamosPatricia Aguilera
Post Grad Dip Couns, MNZAC, BSW (Hons), SWRB.

I am a mother of two and have worked in counselling and social fields for over 15 years. I have a special interest in all areas of grief, loss, and trauma. My counselling approach is strengths-integrated based on person-centred and narrative therapy. I enjoy working with children and young people, however, I have extensive experience working with adults of all ages. I enjoy diversity.

Brig Wood
BA, MA, Post Grad Dip Couns, MNZAC 

I’m a Dad of three, have taught for over eight years, and continue teaching music part time. I love working with young people, helping them sort out their worries and have been working as a counsellor for over 10 years.

Heidi Burris

Heidi Burris
BA, Bsc, BTchg (Sec) 

After teaching for 15 years, I started working as a counsellor in 2023. I have two young children, and in my free time, I love to read, spend time with my family and go camping. The way I work as a counsellor is called narrative therapy. When we meet, we will talk, as much as you want to, about what is happening for you. We will also talk about your hopes and what will support and grow your hopes. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories.

How do you make an appointment?

To self-refer, send an email to: [email protected] or [email protected]
Or go to Support Services during interval or lunchtime, fill out a referral form and give it to Brigg Wood. If his door is shut, give it to another counsellor or post it under the door.
Or you can ask a teacher or your parents to refer you.

Support Services Brochure   2023 V3
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