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Anxiety New Zealand Trust

Mental Health & Addictions Service



The Anxiety New Zealand Trust is a registered charitable trust and an NGO (Non-Government Organisation). The Anxiety New Zealand Trust was established 5 February 1983, and incorporated in 1987- under the Charities Act. Charities Commission No: CC20141.

Our vision is to educate, support and treat severe anxiety, phobic and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In doing so, the Anxiety New Zealand Trust works with all ethnic, socio-economic groups and across all ages.

By achieving the above vision, the Anxiety New Zealand Trust has worked towards demystifying the severe anxiety, phobic and obsessive-compulsive disorders with depression and their co-morbid states.

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting both children and adults. Most people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event such as an exam, a job interview or a first date. Anxiety disorders can fill people's lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear, that is chronic and unrelenting, and that can grow progressively worse. Those experiencing this may be very disabled by panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, flashbacks of traumatic events, nightmares or frightening physical symptoms; in extreme cases, people may become housebound with agoraphobia.
How common are anxiety disorders? Anxiety disorders, as a group, are the most common mental illnesses in the world. Children and adolescents can also develop anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders may develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Anxiety disorders may be chronic and can become quite disabling. Fortunately, they are among the most successfully treated emotional disorders in medical practice. Read more about different types of anxiety disorders here.

The Trust provides services as per the Mission Statement:

  • 24 hour National Anxiety Phone Line 0800 ANXIETY (0800  2694 38)
  • Consumer and Family support groups.
  • Anxiety Disorders Clinic with a multi-disciplinary treatment team (see below). Intern programme for psychologists in partnership with Auckland and Massey Universities.
  • Trained nurses, practice managers, receptionists and consumer representatives.
  • International conferences held every three years.
  • Disseminate information to children, adults and their families and the wider communities.
  • Lobbying of Government and all ad hoc bodies.
  • Participation and publication of International research.
  • Work in partnership with community philanthropic trusts.
  • Work in partnership with educational sponsors and donors
  • FRIENDS Resiliency Programme 

Anxiety NZ also offers psychological services in Mandarin. Click here for more information.

What is the Difference Between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?
A psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor who specialises in identifying the symptoms of and diagnosing and treating mental health issues. They are also able to prescribe medication if needed. You may have been referred to a psychiatrist if your doctor feels you need specialist help. The Anxiety New Zealand Trust has a GP with a MOSS Psychiatric speciality, Dr Henry Plant.

A psychologist is not a doctor but has completed degrees in the scientific study of the mind and its activities and all of our psychologists are registered with the New Zealand Psychological Board. They are able to assess and test for mental health issues but do not prescribe medication. Psychologists offer therapy using a range of approaches depending on the client's individual needs. Anxiety New Zealand Trust psychologists offer Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family/Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and a range of other therapies which are used in accordance with the needs and age of the client.  Therapeutic workshops and support groups for clients are offered as well as support groups for family and whanau.

How Much Does it Cost and Can I Get Funding?

If you are a low-income earner or a caregiver of a child who would benefit from treatment then you may get funding to see a psychologist. Our team will help by giving advice, providing and signing the forms. You will need to upload or take these to Studylink or Work and Income. Please see below for income thresholds for adults. There are no income thresholds for the caregivers of children needing therapy.

Health Insurance may apply - please check with your insurer. Please note, if you have Southern Cross Insurance you will need to see one of our Clinical Psychologists to be covered. 

International Students may be covered under their travel insurance. 


Assessment & Clinical Therapy

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Non-acute specialist mental health community services


North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Auckland, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted from any health professional e.g. general practitioners, Community Mental Health Services, AOD Services, mental health workers, nurses, the Courts, ACC and school counsellors.
Self referrals may be…


Our multi-disciplinary team of psychologists specialise in treating Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Phobias and associated issues.

Your recovery pathway with us includes three important steps:

  • Initial Needs Assessment…

Support Groups & Workshops

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whanau support


North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Auckland, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

For 1:1 services or Peer Groups please ask a health professional such as a GP or counsellor for a referral to our service. Referrers can do this in a variety…


We provide a range of interactive workshops, programmes and support groups for those experiencing anxiety and their loved ones.

Support Groups: Finding the Right Group for You

  • FREE fortnightly lived…

Helpline 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)

Programme Areas

Self help/ helpline, Mental health

Programme Type

Helpline / self-help - mental health


Wellington, Nelson Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Southland, Waitaki, North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Lakes, Northland, Central Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Whanganui, MidCentral, West Auckland, Wairarapa, South Auckland, Hutt

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral


If you’re feeling anxious and would like to talk to someone about anxiety relief – wherever you are in New Zealand – you can phone our free 24 hour Helpline:




Tue – Wed 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Thu 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Fri – Sat 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.

Languages Spoken

English, Mandarin


The Anxiety New Zealand Trust's 24-hour, National Anxiety Support Line 0800 ANXIETY (0800 2694 389)  is provided free of charge. Peer Support Groups are provided free of charge. 

Needs Assessment
* Low-income earners (including students, part-time workers, retired) may access up to 30 funded appointments. Contact Anxiety NZ for help.
*Children may access $42 per week towards treatment (this is not income-tested). Contact Anxiety NZ for help.
First appointment: Needs assessment/education of families/whanau: 
After 4.30 pm or weekends 
Psychiatrist / Specialist GP
Initial Psychiatric Assessment
Follow-up/Medication check-up
Prescription Repeat (if not given at time of appt)
$  29.00
All treatment programme appointments
Therapeutic Workshop
$  80.00
Late cancellation Fee and ‘No-Show’ Appointments (48 hours notice required to cancel or change)
$  165 - 80.00


The Team at the Anxiety New Zealand Trust

Click on the links to read more about:

Our Doctor

  • Dr. Henry Plant, MBChB

Our Psychologists

  • Shona Harvey, Clinical Lead
  • Jessica Andrews-Smith
  • Rachael Chalmers
  • Vikki Baird
  • Melissa Cheung
  • Jay Kumar
  • Nadine Isler
  • Xavier Chiang
  • Roger Phillipson

Our Management Team

  • Sarah Woollard, Chief Executive Officer
  • Goldie Hamilton, Helpline Manager

Support Group Facilitators
 Melissa Cheung - Psychologist 
 Lyn Birrell - Psychologist

Front Desk Staff
Charlotte, Sam and Brooke

Our clinicians and therapists are members of various professional bodies within New Zealand.  These bodies maintain a code of ethics and standards of excellence.

Public Transport

There are buses that stop on Morningside Drive travelling to and from town.  There is also a bus stop outside St Lukes Mall on St Lukes Road.

Some of the bus routes that stop near the Trust are the 011 from Onehunga, 006 and 007 from Mt Albert, 223 from New Lynn (via Avondale) or from Midtown, and the 224 from Henderson (via New Lynn and Avondale).

To find out the best bus route from your location click here


Parking is available on site at the back of the Clinic

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Contact Details

24 Hour National Anxiety Helpline 0800 Anxiety (0800 2694 389)

  • Available 24/7 Nationwide
  • Help + education for anxiety disorders and related issues
  • Fully trained volunteers providing brief interventions for anxiety management, support + advice

77 Morningside Dr
Mt Albert
Auckland 1025

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Street Address

77 Morningside Dr
Mt Albert
Auckland 1025

Postal Address

PO Box 41 133
St Lukes
Auckland 1346

This page was last updated at 3:02PM on February 11, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Anxiety New Zealand Trust.