Health and Wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing team provides counselling and education to young people (age 10-25) in the area of Alcohol and DrugDepressionAnxiety and Eating Awareness.

St John of God Hauora Trust

Our Health and Wellbeing service offers young people, who have low to moderate range of the mental health issues, a space for reflection so they can find pathways forward. This is provided one-on-one or in groups.

Our mental health clinicians have extensive experience working with young people and collectively offer a range of counselling styles and techniques to support young people.

When you meet with our clinicians, we recommend you bring an open mind and a willingness to help yourself. This means committing to trying out new skills and strategies between appointments, and discussing your experiences during your counselling sessions.

Our service is funded by Ministry of Health and free of charge for service users.

Animal therapy

Our resident French Bulldog puppy Digby provides specialist animal assisted therapy for young people through our Health and Wellbeing service. 

Appointments and referrals

Appointment times are available weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm. At your initial appointment you will need to complete some paperwork, so we can assess your problem and understand your goals. Together we discuss these and agree a plan for the work ahead; this also helps you decide whether counselling is something you wish to commit to at this time.

We accept referrals from general practitioners (GPs), school counsellors, other social services and self-referrals. There is often a wait list for initial appointments, you will be advised of approximate time when we receive your referral.  

Refer to us

Eating Awareness Team

Health and Wellbeing Service

Child protection

St John of God Hauora Trust's Child Protection Policy helps ensure the safety and protection of children. The policy provides guidelines for our caregivers to ensure correct and effective processes are in place when there are concerns for the safety or wellbeing of children.

More information

Tel: (03) 386 2159 
Email: enquiries.waipuna@sjog.org.nz