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We provide counselling support for all mothers that are experiencing mild to moderate antenatal or postnatal depression or anxiety. This includes both one-to-one counselling support, and a "Good Grief I'm a Mum" Group for women, along with advice, information and advocacy.

Support for women

We have a variety of support available;

Kia Ora, Perinatal Support Nelson is a free service that can provide you with up to 10 counselling sessions (although this can be extended if needed)if you are within our triage criteria.  Our volunteer counsellors can work with you in your home,  online, or work with you on the phone.  This is a time for you to be able to share your antenatal or postnatal journey, and talk about your difficulties within a safe and confidential space.  Our volunteer kaimahi are either trained or are studying their bachelor's degree in counselling at Te Pūkenga (NMIT).

We also provide referrals to low-cost counselling.  These are fully trained, experienced and qualified Counsellors who specialise in this field.  Contact us to find out more about the support we provide.  We have connections with other agencies and organisations within the Nelson/Tasman region that welcome our referrals, when extra support for Whānau is needed. Contact us to find out more about the support we provide.

Support for Men

We are currently unable to provide support for Men at this stage.

However, here are some links to agencies within our region that can support Men.

The Male Room: 28 Saint Vincent Street, Nelson 7010 Phone: 03 548 0403

RISE: Are you a new dad or about to be a new dad? If so, come take a free course with other dads to learn what it’s like to be a parent and to learn helpful tools and new skills to make your experience more fulfilling. Nelson office Level 3/295 Trafalgar Street 03 548 3850 Motueka office 15B Courtney Street 03 528 8976

PADA (Perinatal Anxiety and depression Aotearoa) have many resources for Fathers on their website.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like some more information.

Psychoeducational Therapeutic Group

"Good Grief I’m a Mum’ is a free, confidential, psychoeducational therapeutic group facilitated by Rachael, a counsellor. The 5 weeks of group work will provide you with an opportunity to explore some of the myths of motherhood, culture, relationships, grief, attachment styles, the brain, trauma, the nervous system – polyvagal theory, co-regulation and what collective and individual nurturing could look like for you. There is a space for you to be a witness and participant in your healing journey by using small figures, with elements of psychodrama. This is an opportunity to externalise internal feelings and an opportunity to access the deeper layers of yourself. There will also be information on Postnatal Depression and Anxiety. This group is an invitation to you, and an opportunity to develop more skills, connect with other women and an opportunity to create and recreate your journey through motherhood.

Groups are run throughout the year in Stoke, Wakefield and Motueka. The next group will be in Stoke/Richmond in September 2024. Please contact Rachael on 027 626 6778 or contact us for more information.

Other Services

We provide information and education to our community.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like someone to come and speak to you or your community/parents group about PND and/or Anxiety, or the services we provide.

We also have an extensive lending library and resources to help… just don’t be afraid to ask.  Please email or phone to make sure we are open

If you have not already done so it is important that you contact your GP or nurse and let them know how you are feeling. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any concerns that arise from this site, or if we can provide you with any more information.