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If you feel like you are struggling, or things are becoming overwhelming – Family Works can help.

Our professional and supportive counsellors provide an unbiased ear to listen to your concerns. We’ll help you explore and understand your thoughts, feelings and responses and then support you to solve problems and develop coping mechanisms, move on or make positive changes in your life.

Every day Family Works counsellors help people work through a whole range of issues, including:

  • stress and anxiety
  • difficult relationships and family break-ups
  • bullying
  • anger management
  • grief, loss and trauma
  • depression
  • poor mental health
  • family violence and abuse
  • addiction or drug/alcohol dependency
  • a lack of confidence or low self-esteem
  • debt and money concerns
  • illness.

Talking helps.

Who is counselling for?

Anyone facing personal, social or psychological challenges may benefit from counselling. At Family Works we provide counselling for individuals, including adults, teenagers and specialist children’s therapy, as well as relationship or couples counselling and family therapy/counselling.

What can I expect?

Counselling focuses on your individual situation, beliefs and relationships. During your first counselling session we’ll talk with you about what you hope to achieve and how we can support that.

Following sessions may include helping you to:

  • acknowledge and explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • become more self-aware, including thinking about your values and what motivates you
  • see patterns and make connections in your relationships and behaviour
  • set goals and learn practical tools and strategies that will help you make positive changes in your life, using the strengths and resources you already have.

At Family Works our counsellors use three main types of therapy to find the best ways of drawing on your untapped resources. They are: 

  • Narrative Therapy, which focuses on understanding the stories and themes that have shaped your life.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which focuses on your thinking patterns and associated actions.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy, which improves the bond between couples by improving the way you interact.

The number of counselling sessions you will need depends on the complexity of the problem(s). Everyone is different. Some people benefit from just a single session, although most people will need a number of sessions. Please contact us to find out how we could help.

Accessing Family Works counselling

Family Works offers counselling in New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, Waitara, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata and Wairarapa. In many cases the sessions are able to be subsidised or provided free of charge thanks to funding from government and the community.

If you would like to talk to someone, or you have a client or loved one who may benefit from counselling, call us on 0800 FAM WORKS to talk to one of our friendly team.

Read more about making a referral to Family Works.