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Early years counselling service

Counselling services provide a confidential space where people can work through difficulties and explore changes they would like to make. For children in our Early Years Service, who would be too young for talk therapy, Ko Taku Reo can contract an outside Play Therapist that would work through difficulties through play. Play Therapy allows children to explore difficult feelings in a number of different ways – through imaginative play, role play, art, puppets, sand, music, or however the child chooses.

Counselling could also be offered to parents of Early Years children and is often short-term and can focus on stress, anxiety, anger, life decisions, relationships, and a range of other emotions or situation.


Our practice is guided by:

  • The Values from New Zealand Association of Counsellors
  • Ko Taku Reo, Deaf Education New Zealand school values
  • Respect for human dignity
  • Partnership
  • Autonomy
  • Responsible caring
  • Personal integrity
  • Social justice

New Zealand Association of Counsellors

  • A strong commitment to Deaf bi-lingual and bi-cultural practice
  • Valuing Deaf cultural norms
  • Provide students with an environment where they can Belong, Grow, Choose, Excel
  • Access to resources and services students need to be happy and engaged learners
  • To have opportunities to be their best and become confident leaders of their own lives

Ko Taku Reo School Values