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Due to the Level 3 restrictions, there have been changes to our Wellbeing Group schedules.

Wellbeing & Resilience Groups - Term 3, 2022(Free with a Referral)

Our Wellbeing & Resilience Groups are led by qualified counsellors and therapists. These safe and inclusive online groups provide valuable tools and tips for improving your wellbeing, including:

  • Mindfulness & Self Compassion
  • Creative Arts Therapy for Wellbeing
  • Resilience & Managing Emotions
  • Managing Depression & Anxiety
  • Self Care Today
  • Managing Stress/Anxiety & Change
  • Parenting Tweens & Teens through Stress & Anxiety
  • Wellbeing Kete for Young Adults (18-24)
  • See more details »

Online groups are being offered at various times and days throughout the week, contact our friendly team for the latest offerings at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 09 441 8989

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What is a Wellbeing and Resilience group?

Wellbeing groups provide a safe and inclusive space for participants to learn tools and techniques to improve wellbeing.

Group members participate at their own pace, and there is no expectation to share information they are not comfortable with, although often participants do find it helpful to share their experiences and learnings.

All groups are confidential and are led by qualified facilitators who are committed to the process of improving wellbeing.

Comments from Past Groups Participants……

“If it wasn’t for this support it scares me to think where we would be today”

“What a revelation for me to realise that there were other people who were feeling just like me. I was not alone.”

“Joining a group is the best thing I have done."

* Many of our groups are free with a referral from a GP, health professional or community organisations e.g. counsellor, nurse, social worker - see brochure for details.

* Participants must be 18 years old or over and either live in the WDHB catchment area (Waitakere, North Shore, Rodney) or access health services in the area. For those under 18 years old looking for support, please contact us to explore options.

If being referred by your GP, other health professional or community organisations please register by calling 441-8989 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* Your referral is valid for one year and you may enrol for one group per term.

In-Person Groups & Online Groups

In-person GroupMindfulness & Self Compassion - Term 3

This group focuses on enabling you to learn about how to create your personal kete. An attitude of self compassion will be encouraged by introducing ideas, strategies and practices* for you to use in your life. We offer you a safe space for you to talk and discuss ideas, techniques and approaches to create positive wellbeing.* Mindfulness, Mindful Self Compassion, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • Facilitator: Sonia Lopez
  • Date: Every Monday, 1st August to 19th September
  • Time: 9:30am - 11:30am (8 sessions)
  • Venue: Sunnynook Community Centre
  • Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

In-person Group & Online GroupResilience & Managing Emotions - Term 3

This group will encourage and promote a more positive sense of self. You will explore Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Personality Types and learn strategies that will help you cope with difficult feelings, identify your personal values and improve self-care and relationships. Add “Do- able Action” to your coping skills, including ways of making sure the action is manageable, under your control and suited to you!

  • - In-person Group -
  • Facilitator: Karen Venter
  • Date: Every Monday, 1st August to 19th September
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (8 sessions)
  • Venue: Sunnynook Community Centre
  • Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)
  • - Online Group -
  • Facilitator: Karen Venter
  • Date: Every Wednesday, 3rd August to 21st September
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (8 sessions)
  • Venue: Online-based (Zoom)
  • Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

In-person GroupsCreative Arts Therapy for Wellbeing - Term 3

This Creative Arts Therapy group offers a gentle and playful way of tapping into and expressing thoughts and feelings. The process of art making, including creative writing, can bring about new insights and improve self-awareness. Being creative with a group fosters a sense of connection with others. No art skills required, just a willingness to experiment and explore through the art interventions and themes offered.

  • - In-person Group -
  • Facilitator: Angie Richardson
  • Date: Every Tuesday, 2nd August to 20th September
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (8 sessions)
  • Venue: Hearts & Minds Community Hub
  • Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)
  • - In-person Group -
  • Facilitator: Angie Richardson
  • Date: Every Tuesday, 2nd August to 20th September
  • Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (8 sessions)
  • Venue: Hearts & Minds Community Hub
  • Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

In-person GroupsManaging Depression & Anxiety - Term 3

This group offers a safe space to manage depressive and anxious states of mind. Drawing from established therapeutic approaches*, you will be introduced to healthy ways of managing internal distress, relationships and connecting with others.* CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Sensory Modulation, Mindfulness

  • - In-person Group -
  • Facilitator: Nicola Duncan
  • Date: Every Wednesday, 3rd August to 21st September
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (8 sessions)
  • Venue: Sunnynook Community Centre
  • Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)
  • - In-person Group -
  • Facilitator: Nicola Duncan
  • Date: Every Thursday, 4th August to 22nd September
  • Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm (8 sessions)
  • Venue: Salvation Army Hibiscus Coast
  • Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

Online GroupSelf Care Today - Term 3

This online Zoom group will teach participants popular self-care techniques to better manage the pressures of today. Topics will include understanding stress, burnout and setting boundaries; and an introduction to mindfulness and meditation to quieten and focus the mind. You will also learn about resilience, what it is and how to strengthen it, and the value of deep rest and relaxation.

  • Facilitator: Lisa Mitchell
  • Date: Every Tuesday, 2nd August to 6th September
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (6 sessions)
  • Venue: Online-based (via Zoom)
  • Cost: $95 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

Online GroupManaging Stress/Anxiety & Change - Term 3

This group will focus on understanding how to manage stress, anxiety and change in your life. It will provide you with tools, techniques, and coping mechanisms for you to utilise when difficult situations occur. We are aware that when change happens this can sometimes create anxiety. We will look at the bodies warning signs and how to prepare for when life situations happen. This will allow you to manage your stress and anxiety effectively.

  • Facilitator: Maria Thorndyke
  • Date: Every Tuesday, 2nd August to 23rd August
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (4 sessions)
  • Venue: Online-based (via Zoom)
  • Cost: $75 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

Online GroupParenting Tweens & Teens Through Stress & Anxiety - Term 3

In a time of great change young people’s stress and anxiety is increasing. This supportive group helps parents manage the challenges that parenting young people aged 11-18 can bring. Join a supportive, non-judgmental space to learn strategies and tools to help you parent young people through the challenges they face.

  • Facilitator: Tillie Lima
  • Date: Every Thursday, 4th August to 25th August
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (4 sessions)
  • Venue: Online-based (via Zoom)
  • Cost: Free (no referral required)

Online GroupWellbeing Kete for Young Adults (18-24) - Term 3

In this friendly and informative online group you will learn a range of useful strategies to improve your wellbeing, including:

  • Understanding how our brains function and what shapes us as individuals
  • Tools and strategies to manage stress and anxiety
  • Understanding wellbeing through Te Whare Tapa Wha model
  • Exploring challenges and resilience in our lives
  • Wellbeing support in your community, including employment and study support
  • Facilitator: Tillie Lima
  • Date: Every Thursday, 1st September to 22nd September
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (4 sessions)
  • Venue: Online-based (via Zoom)
  • Cost: Free (no referral required)

Contact us (09) 441 8989 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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