Where finances are a serious issue our therapists will do their best to find a way to help you. Where applicable this may include
Please contact a therapist and discuss your particular circumstances. Some alternatives include:
If you are a student, on a benefit or a low income you may be eligible for a Work and Income (WINZ) allowance that provides a subsidy of up to $52.38 a session.
ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) will fund some counselling or psychotherapy, particularly that relating to physical injury, sexual abuse, or sexual assault.
Workplace stress is legally recognised as a workplace hazard, and many employers have EAP (Employee assistance programs) that will pay a for number of free counselling sessions for either workplace or personal issues. This generally needs to arranged via your human resources (HR) department.
Doctors that are part of the ProCare Group can access some free services through ProCare. Give your GP's office a call and check with the practice nurse.
Free assessment and treatment for alcohol and drug issues is available though CADS - the government-funded Community Alcohol and Drug Services.
Most of the universities, polytechnics and even private providers offer free counselling for their students. Check their websites for details.
The Family Court will fund some free counselling for individuals or couples who are having relationship problems. This is available for all couples, whether they are married, in a civil union, living together, separated or divorced, and whether heterosexual or same-sex. Helen (Herne Bay), Hamish (Te Atatu) and Caroline (Glen Eden) are court-approved. Contact them for more details.
There are a range of mental health services funded by the government through the district health boards. GP's, therapists and other health professionals can offer referrals to these services.
There are a variety of community funded organisations that provide free or low-cost counselling such as Lifeline, Youthline or Home and Family Counselling, as well as a number of charitable organisations and churches. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau should know the options in your area.
The Lowdown is a New Zealand depression website that allows you to chat online to a counselllor
Victim Support provides emotional support, counselling, personal advocacy and information to all people affected by crime and trauma throughout New Zealand.
AUT offers low-cost therapy with a intern therapist at the Psychotherapy Clinic on their North Shore campus.
Barnardos offers some low-cost services for children and families.
See our Useful Links page for a range of websites for various services.