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Thrive! Te Pae Ora

Mental Health & Addictions Service



Thrive! Te Pae Ora is provided by Adventure Development Ltd.

Thrive! Te Pae Ora is a free professional counselling service for young people for mild to moderate brief interventions. These sessions can be face to face with options of telehealth, phone or Zoom with professional counsellors for young people and their families. We have offices in Dunedin, Timaru and Invercargill and a mobile team in the Central Lakes area. 


Thrive! Te Pae Ora (mild to moderate)

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD), Coexisting problems – mental health & addictions, Community based support - mental health


Central Lakes, South Canterbury, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Referrals can be made to us by anyone; the young person, parents/whānau/caregivers, GPs and all government and NGO agencies. Referrals can be made:

  • via our website www.thriveservices.org.nz
  • by phone 0800 292 998
  • by email admin@thriveservices.org.nz
  • or come in and see us 

Check if we're right

We can support you if you are:

  • aged 12 to 24 years old (inclusive)
  • living in South Canterbury, Otago, Central Lakes & Southland
  • struggling with mild to moderate mental health difficulties - we can support young people across the entire Southern DHB area
  • struggling with mild to moderate substance use issues - we can support young people in Invercargill City, Southland District & Gore District, Queenstown Lakes District & Central Otago District (not available in Dunedin, Waitaki & Clutha Districts). 

Thrive Te Pae Ora is a free face to face professional counselling service for young people (rangatahi) aged 12 to 24 and their family (whānau) living in the lower South Island. It’s safe, non-judgemental and completely confidential.

We offer one to six sessions of coaching, talking and problem solving to help you cope with life's ups and downs. We focus on helping you build skills to manage mental health difficulties or substance use.

Our aim is to improve your overall wellbeing by enhancing the qualities you already have, so you can bounce back more easily in the future.

You are welcome to bring a support person, partner or friend to your appointments. They can be part of the counselling process or merely there for moral support - it's completely up to you. 

If Thrive Te Pae Ora isn't the right fit for you, we have other options within our wider organisation that might be more suitable.

Where can I access?

We are able to help young people in South Canterbury, Otago, Central Lakes and Southland. If you live outside a main town within these regions we can often travel to you or meet you some place handy.


All the staff providing the Thrive Te Pae Ora service are registered health practitioners. Depending on the area the teams are Occupational Therapists, NZAC registered Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, and DAAPANZ registered Alcohol and other Drug Practitioners.

This same team work across a variety of services within our wider organisation so are not solely working in Thrive Te Pae Ora. 

Meet the team here.


No fees apply


Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 10:22AM on May 13, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Thrive! Te Pae Ora.