WellElder provides specialist counselling for people aged 60 and over, and from 55 if Maori or Pasifika. This is available for people living in the Health NZ / Te Whatu Ora – Capital & Coast area.
Clients may attend on their own, as a couple, or with other family/whanau. We offer up to six one-hour counselling sessions at affordable rates.
Counsellors see clients at venues in Newtown, Johnsonville, Porirua and Paraparaumu. If mobility is an issue, we can arrange for counselling in clients’ homes, or via telephone, or internet platforms such as Zoom.
If you are a health professional, support worker, social worker or field worker, you can refer a patient or client to us. You can also self-refer to us as an individual.
Older people are often challenged to cope with significant changes that can occur simultaneously. For example, a reduction in physical capabilities, becoming a carer for their spouse or partner, and shrinking social networks and opportunities.
While older people are used to getting on with life themselves, a skilled professional is surprisingly easy to talk to and can help us to:
No issue is too big or too small – our relationships, the loss of friends and family, where we live, memories that we live with, coping with the daily demands of life, anxiety or depression – whatever it is that we face can be brought to counselling.
Our counsellors are all very experienced and interested in working with older adults and know the issues many of us face as we age:
Read the profiles of our counsellors, staff and board members.
We run groups on topics related to making the best of life as we age. We also develop group programmes on request for interested groups or organisations.
We publish quarterly information sheets about our work. These describe different elements of our specialist counselling for older people.
We provide professional development and training for people who work with the elderly, including rest home staff, counsellors, and social workers.
Thank you to Allen+Clarke for their provision of pro bono support to evaluate our constitution and Board review. We appreciate the support and input into this mahi for Well Elder.
Thank you to Tregaskis Brown for their provision of pro bono support to facilitate a strategic meeting for WellElder.
Thank you to Sentence Case for their help shaping the content for our new website.