The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists represents psychotherapists in New Zealand. Psychotherapy is about the changes and constancies of human relationships. These relationships can be with oneself, with others, and with the world. Psychotherapy is a treatment and healing approach for psychological disturbance and dysfunction within an individual and within systems of human relating. Therapy may involve the individual and/or parts of the social network to which they belong, since public and private relationship can range from a state of mild but persistent difficulty to one representative of major dysfunction disorder. The concern of treatment is therapy of the psyche – which can be understood as the interrelated physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of being human. The foundations of psychotherapy are associated with basic human impulses concerned with existence, meaning and self-realisation.

Justice Department – Family Court

The Family Court is now focused on parents who are separating with a focus on the parenting working out how to resolve the care of their children. There is no longer any couple / relationship counselling.

Access to professional assistance is now in the form of mediation and also preparatory counselling in readiness for mediation to try and get out of Court agreements or formal orders by mutual agreement (consent). Clients cannot refer directly to mediators or counsellors but must go through the Family Dispute Resolution Service; suppliers are Fairway Resolution or Family Works Northern Region

Mediation is provided by Family Dispute Resolution contracted mediators, Bay Counselling has one mediator, Jenny Hill. Mediation is focused on the care of the children, who the children will live with, where, when, school holiday arrangements.

Preparatory counselling helps client prepare for mediation, helps get clarity, process emotions in order to focus on the needs of the children. These counsellors are provided through Family Dispute Resolution providers who are using Family Court approved counsellors, Bay Counselling has two therapists; Nancy Morrow-Hogg and Sue Harris who are Family Court approved.


The New Zealand Psychological Society is an organisation representing the majority of Psychologists in New Zealand. Their web site provides information about the society and its activities, information on the annual conference, membership, publications and links within New Zealand and internationally. The site provides easy access to the society itself. In New Zealand all practising psychologists are required to be registered with the Psychologists Registration Board under HPC Act.


The New Zealand Association of Counsellors represent counsellors in New Zealand. They aim: to provide individuals, families, groups and institutions with expanded or alternative perspectives and choices: to foster personal and social conditions in which clients growth and development can occur: to encourage, support and challenge clients to translate their enhances awareness into actions which increase a sense of self worth and mastery: to offer leadership in the area of human relationships with awareness of and respect for difference: to be advocates for those who are disempowered.


The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand will register all psychotherapists who wish to practise their profession in New Zealand. Registration means that a psychotherapist has an approved qualification, has met the competence standards specified and is recognised by the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand as fit to practise.

To protect the public, the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand is also responsible for making sure that psychotherapists maintain high standards of practice by continuing to maintain their competence once they have entered the workforce.


Understanding more about depression will help you find a way through.

This site offers facts; a free helpline; and a self test all with J.Kirwan’s guidance.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. Their work seeks to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. The Foundation is not a counselling or advice service, but they can point you in the right direction.