Counsellor - Fixed term (2317) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Are you an experienced counsellor or psychotherapist looking for your next challenge?
  • Do you have an interest in working with a diverse student population?
  • Are you looking for a workplace that actively supports and encourages professional development?

We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker or psychologist to join our passionate and motivated team.  You will have a strong passion in working with young adults and mature students.  If you’re interested, read on.

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Student Health at Victoria University of Wellington is seeking an experienced counsellor to join our team on a fixed-term basis. This exciting opportunity is to take part in Tu Ora’s Piki Programme which is a Ministry of Health initiative to provide support to young adults aged between 18 years and 25 years old. The role of Counsellor is to support students’ wellbeing and academic success through one-to-one counselling and mental health promotion programmes. The Student Counselling Service works in a holistic and collaborative manner with other Students Services including our medical and nursing team, Disability Services, Student Learning, Wellington International and Student Interest and Conflict Resolution.  

Ō pūmanawa - About you

Ideally, you will have the following: 

  • University Degree or Postgraduate qualification in a counselling related discipline.
  • Proven/demonstrated experience in psychology, psychotherapy, social work, or counselling supporting people from a range of backgrounds and cultures, particularly young adults.
  • Experienced in a range of therapeutic approaches including solution-focused, brief / time-limited models of counselling and in crisis intervention.
  • Experienced in the provision of consultation and mental health promotion/preventive services.
  • Proven ability to counsel using an approach that is non-judgemental, flexible, empathic, and sensitive to cultural and religious differences and sexual orientation.
  • Experience and interest in working with Māori and Pasifika models of wellbeing.
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Windows computer desktop environment.

This role requires safety checking through the police vetting system under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

We offer excellent working conditions where professional development opportunities are actively encouraged and paid for. This is an amazing opportunity to work in a great team atmosphere, you would get to enjoy our morning teas (maybe you are a great baker). We will pay your professional membership fee that is pro-rated to the hours you will work for us as well as cover the cost of your professional supervision. If you are curious, eager to work in a tight-knit team and have a great sense of community you will fit right in!

If this sounds like the environment for you, we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can read more about the role and responsibilities in the role description:

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 10 December 2021

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Laureline Darques, Clinical Lead Counselling on 022 023 9296 or

Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.