Counselling is available for patients and their family, whanau and friends.

IMG_2478This service enables people to talk about their feelings and thoughts, and to clarify their choices, in a safe environment. You may have a particular issue or problem that requires one or two sessions with a counsellor. Or, you may find that ongoing counselling over a period of time is needed.

Counselling might cover:

  • concerns about children
  • concerns about relationships
  • physical and emotional changes
  • self-esteem
  • grief and loss
  • isolation and loneliness
  • fear of the future
  • anything else that is a struggle


Mary Potter Hospice counsellors are trained and experienced in working with all age groups. We see people on an individual basis, as couples or as family groups. We also offer the opportunity to participate in groups. We can provide support and education to colleagues and workplaces if that would be helpful. Your counsellor may also refer you to other services within the Hospice or wider community. This will be discussed with you.

Mary Potter Hospice counsellors abide by the New Zealand Association of Counsellors’ Code of Ethics. No charge is made for counselling – but donations are welcome.

To get in touch with a counsellor you can ask a Mary Potter Hospice staff member, or you can phone the Counselling Service direct.

Wellington 04 381 0184
Porirua 04 237 2306
Kapiti 04 298 3975

A Very Helpful Booklet:  “About Grief”

Our booklet, “About Grief”, provides very helpful and practical support for people at one of the most difficult times in their lives. It is attached here as a PDF and can be obtained in hard copy from the Hospice.

Download the About Grief pdf