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West Coast PHO - Primary Health Counselling Programme

Mental Health & Addictions Service


8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


The West Coast Primary Health Organisation (PHO) is a non-government organisation (NGO) whose mission is to help West Coasters get healthy and stay that way.

Please see below for our Brief Intervention Counselling Programme (BIC) or visit the West Coast PHO website for information on our full range of health services.


Primary Health Counselling Programme

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services


West Coast

Age Groups

Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types


Referral Process

Adults 18+
Please ask your doctor or nurse if you want to know more about this programme

Youth 12-19
Youth can self-refer to our programme, or can be referred by GPs, nurses, family members, school teachers or any other concerned party.


Experienced health professionals work alongside the medical centres to ensure that people's emotional and mental health is addressed along with their physical health. The PHO is providing Brief Intervention Counselling for mild to moderate mental health problems.

Wherever possible, these counselling sessions are held in the PHO, medical centre where the person is enrolled, and at schools.

Counselling covers issues such as:

  • relieving anxiety and depression
  • understanding addiction and facilitating change
  • managing stressful situations
  • understanding change including loss and grief
  • improving problem-solving and setting future directions
  • increasing resilience and satisfaction with life


If people fulfil the criteria for this programme, they can receive 6 free counselling sessions (including late or no cancellation).


8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct), Westland Anniversary (28 Nov).

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Contact Details

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Top Floor
163 Mackay Street
West Coast 7805

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Street Address

Top Floor
163 Mackay Street
West Coast 7805

Postal Address

P.O. Box 544

This page was last updated at 2:12PM on May 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by West Coast PHO - Primary Health Counselling Programme.