Help finding a GP
If you are not registered with a GP and need help to find one
Community Mental Health Services
Your local community mental health team provides free mental health services and is usually run at the hospital. There may be specialist Maori, Pacific Island, Adult, Older Persons and Child & Adolescent mental health services. You will usually need to be referred by your GP who will need to assess you first and check if you meet the referral criteria set out by the service. The community mental health team also run the Mental Health Crisis service who you can contact in a mental health emergency.
How to find a therapist or mental health professional
Accessing low cost mental health care:
- To find low cost or free counselling in your area, search the Family Services Directory, or contact your local CAB.
- Your GP can link you in with low cost services near you. Your GP can support you to access the WINZ Disability Allowance to pay for some counselling sessions.
- If you are in paid employment you may be able to access free confidential counselling through your company’s Employee Assistance Program – talk to your employer.
- Most tertiary institutes (eg Universities) offer free counselling services through their health centers.
- Local Women’s or Men’s Centers may have listings for low cost counselling practices or offer low cost counselling themselves.
- Local youth centers often have health hubs that offer counselling services.
- ACC funds support following sexual violence if it occurred in New Zealand. Visit the Find Support website to find an ACC registered therapist.
Finding a therapist privately
You can search for a therapist using the databases on the websites below. When you work with a therapist privately you will have to pay for the appointment. You may be able to access the WINZ Disability Allowance to help cover some of the costs.