Older people are often challenged to cope with a number of significant changes, sometimes simultaneously, eg: their own reducing physical capabilities, becoming a carer for their spouse and shrinking social networks and opportunities.

WellElder provides specialist, subsidised counselling for people aged 60 and over (55 and over if Maori or Pasifika) living in the Capital & Coast District Health Board area.

We counsel individuals, couples or family/whanau at centers in Newtown, Johnsonville, Porirua and Paraparaumu and in clients homes if travel is difficult.

Sessions and Cost

Sessions last 50-60 minutes and clients are eligible for up to 6 sessions.

We ask clients to contribute towards the cost of counselling. Options range from $10 to $85 and clients are free to decide what contribution they can manage.


Appointments are held at our office in Newtown, at community centres in Johnsonville, Porirua and Paraparaumu, and in clients’ homes and rest homes when mobility is an issue. (56% of our counselling sessions have been in clients’ residences.)

Riddiford House

Level 1, 94 Riddiford Street, Newtown - View Map

Johnsonville Community Centre

3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville - View Map

Pember House

Level 4, 16 Hagley Street, Porirua - View Map

Coastlands Shopping Centre

First Floor, Paraparaumu - View Map

Making an appointment

If you wish to make an appointment for yourself, please contact us.

We will need

  • your contact details
  • your date of birth and ethnicity
  • your NHI number. This is your national health index number. If you do not know it, your medical centre can give it to you. (You need not know this when you first ring – you can let us know at your first appointment.)

We will arrange a time that suits you and send you a letter confirming the date, time, place and name of your counsellor.

If you wish to make an appointment on behalf of an interested family member, we will want to know that you have discussed this with your relation and that he or she agrees to the counselling. We will usually also speak to the client.

We are very happy to have an exploratory discussion for you to decide whether you think WellElder may assist your family member.

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