Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor. Need to talk 1737 is a new free 24/7 four digit phone and text number funded by the Ministry of Health that will make it easier for people to connect with mental health and addictions professionals.
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 $61.69 a session. You will need a doctors recommendation - contact WINZ for more details.
ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) will fund some counselling or psychotherapy, particularly that relating to physical injury, sexual abuse, or sexual assault. Contact either ACC Sensitive Claims or an ACC registered counsellor.
New Zealand law recognises workplace stress as a workplace hazard; consequently many employers have EAP (Employee Assistance Programmes) that will pay a for some free counselling sessions for both workplace or personal issues. Normally this needs to arranged via your human resources (HR) department.
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.
The AUT Psychotherapy Clinic is on the North Shore Campus of AUT University.
Advanced students of the Master of Health Science programme provide the psychotherapy. The AUT psychotherapy clinic aims to provide quality psychotherapy at an affordable cost. Link to the AUT Psychotherapy clinic.
The Lowdown is a New Zealand depression website that allows you to chat online to a counsellor
Some doctors can access free or susidised counselling for their patients. Give your GP's office a call and check with the practice nurse.
Free assessment and treatment for alcohol and drug issues is available through CADS - the government-funded Community Alcohol and Drug Services.
Most of schools, universities, polytechnics and private tertiary providers offer free counselling for their students. Check their websites for details.
There are a range of mental health services funded by the government through the district health boards. Doctors, 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 some charitable organisations and churches. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau should know the options in your area.
Victim Support provides emotional support, counselling, personal advocacy and information to all people affected by crime and trauma throughout New Zealand.
Barnardos offers some low-cost services for children and families.
Sadly the government stopped funding most Family Court counselling. It is now only available on referral from a lawyer where there is a court case in action.
See our Useful Links page for websites of a range of services.