If you live outside the area covered by the former Capital & Coast District Health Board, and you are over 60 (or over 55 if Māori or Pasifika):
If you are under 60 (or under 55 if Maori or Pasifika), live in the area covered by the former Capital & Coast District Health Board area and:
then we can arrange for you to receive subsidised WellElder counselling.
We will need to confirm that you are eligible for our service and to establish which of our venues is closest or whether the counsellor will see you at home.
You will need:
Our contract with Te Whatu Ora Health NZ Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley enables us to provide subsidised counselling to eligible people within the area covered by the former Capital & Coast District Health Board (please see map). However, this funding does not meet all our costs and we ask clients to make a contribution. Counsellors discuss payment options with each client. Options range from $10 to $95 and clients are free to decide what contribution they can manage.
All WellElder, counsellors have plenty of life experience as well as counselling expertise, and are aged 50 years and over.
Absolutely not! Doctors, social workers and other health professionals refer people to counselling when they face challenges, difficult experiences or emotions and can see that new approaches may help. Life changes related to ageing affect all of us and in many different ways – counselling is one way of talking it over and identifying strategies to help manage these varying situations.
At WellElder we take it as a sign of strength of character when people attend counselling (often for the first time in their lives) to address their circumstances and focus on their feelings.
Counselling appointments are usually for 50 to 60 minutes. The time may be adjusted to suit you, for example a shorter session if you are tiring easily or a longer appointment when family members attend together.
Up to six counselling sessions are available. (More may be available, if required.) You will work out with the counsellor what frequency will work best. Often people have the first few sessions weekly and space later ones out.
Up to six counselling sessions are available. (More may be available, if required, on a case-by-case basis.) You will work out with the counsellor what frequency will work best. Often people have the first few sessions weekly and space later ones out.
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The counsellor will discuss confidentiality with you at your first appointment.
Information about you, what you discuss in counselling and the fact that you are attending counselling are shared with other people only with your permission. (For instance, you may decide it is helpful for the counsellor to share information or consult with your doctor or another health professional.) Exceptions to this are: