Phone (09) 265 4000
Fax (09) 265 4199
7 Springs Road
East Tamaki Heights
Please note: entrance is off East Tamaki Road. Reception is on the 3rd floor.
Please Note: entrance is off East Tamaki Road. Reception is on the 3rd floor.
Whirinaki (meaning to support) is a community based specialist health service for children and young people, living within the Counties Manukau region, who are experiencing serious emotional, psychological or behavioural disturbance, suspected psychiatric illness or serious mental illness.
We support creativity and innovation in interventions and work closely with the client's and family's wider systems including schools, community, church and extended family.
Our core services include:
- Perinatal Mental Health (Nga Whetu Taiohi) which includes Infant Mental Health Whakatupu Ora (children under the age of 4 years) and Maternal Mental Health.
- Child & Youth Mental Health (up to the age of 18 years)
- Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPIT) (16-30 years of age)
We provide specialist assessment and treatment for children and young people experiencing significant emotional, mental health and/or behavioural problems.
It is very important that we see the child or young person with the whole family or significant adults in their life.
After assessment you/your child may be offered a range of treatments and/or interventions including:
- Family Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Therapeutic Story Telling Intervention (TSI)
- Individual Therapy such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Parenting Groups (Incredible Years)
- Group Work (Dealing with Distress)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
More information is provided in the Whirinaki Service Brochure
(PDF, 159.3 KB)
All families have their difficult patches and have to cope with crises from time to time. Family Therapy can help to improve communication and relationships so that family members can understand one another better and work together to make the changes they feel are necessary.
Therapeutic Storytelling Intervention (TSI)
(PDF, 266.7 KB)
A therapeutic process which effectively engages children, adolescents and families.
Incredible Years Parent Management Training
(PDF, 165.8 KB)
Parenting is the most important job adults do. The Incredible Years parenting programme was designed by Dr Carolyn Webster-Stratton.
Dealing with Distress (DWD)
(PDF, 159.8 KB)
We all have times in our lives when we become emotionally overwhelmed by situations. Dealing with emotions can be difficult.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
(PDF, 172.9 KB)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for people who have difficulty managing their emotions and behaviours.
- Whirinaki Referral Form (PDF, 34.6 KB)
- Whirinaki Service Brochure (PDF, 8 MB)
Note: PDF downloads require the free Adobe Reader application to view.
There are also several lunch bar and take away facilities located within a short walking distance of Whirinaki to purchase food and drink.
Public bus stops can be located in the front of the building on Springs Road.
For further bus information, see Maxx Timetables, or phone 09-366 6400 or toll-free on 0800 10 30 80 if outside the local calling area.
Free parking is available for visitors. Please park in allocated "visitor" parks which are signposted on the ground. Failure to park in these spaces may result in your car being towed away.
Disabled parking is also available near the main entrance with ramp access at the front of the building.
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