Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Support Services & Helplines
Auckland DHB, Maternal Mental Health
Aronui Ora, Maternal Mental Health, Auckland District Health Board
Greenlane Clinical Centre
214 Greenlane West
Clinical Co-ordinator: Monica Genet
Lead Clinician: Dr. Chandni Prakash
Clinical Team Leader: Clarke Millar
Aronui Ora operates between the hours of 0800-1630 Monday to Friday. For urgent matters after hours, please call the Urgent Response Service on 0800 800 717
Aronui Ora (Cloak of wellbeing) was formerly named the Maternal Mental Health Service. This symbol represents the fine weaving of whānau and other supports for total wellbeing during pregnancy and the first year of an infant’s life.
Aronui Ora is a specialist adult mental health service. The multi-disciplinary team is made up of mental health professionals from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, social work, occupational therapy and nursing. There are team members with specialist knowledge in the area of infant care and attachment (promoting a secure parent and infant relationship). The service provides antenatal (before birth) and postnatal (after birth) support in community, clinic and hospital settings. Beyond assessment, we offer a wide range of individual, group and family therapies and other targeted supports.
The service is voluntary, and requires the informed consent of the person being referred. Compulsory assessment and treatment may occur in accordance with the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.
As a teaching and learning environment, your informed consent to may be requested to permit the presence of a student – this is a request that can be declined.
Once a referral is accepted, an appointment for an assessment is made. There can be a waiting period between referral acceptance and assessment. All clients are allocated a keyworker and psychiatrist. A keyworker is a registered mental health professional that coordinates care, and depending on their specialty, provides support and other therapeutic interventions. It is standard practice for the person, and their general practitioner, to receive a post-assessment summary of the assessment with mutually agreed plan.
The Postnatal Distress Center
B.A (Education) University of Auckland
Grad Dip Psychosocial Studies, AUT
Masters of Health Science (Psychotherapy, Hons) AUT
Level 2, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane Auckland
PO Box 17489, Greenlane, 1546
Susan is passionate about and specialises in postnatal distress, which includes treatment and support with: antenatal and postnatal depression, antenatal and postnatal anxiety, panic attacks and OCD, post-traumatic stress after childbirth (birth trauma), attachment and bonding difficulties, and any struggle to adjust to parenthood for new mums and dads, including couples counselling.
Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, also offer PND Recovery courses and follow-up counselling in 12 areas across the North Island as well as online. These are delivered by qualified counsellors, social workers, life coaches or mental health nurses.
PND Recovery Course – Mothers Helpers provides a 10 week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course. All mums who have completed the course can go on to have therapy with your facilitator – a registered/qualified counsellor, social worker, life coach or mental health nurse. Click here for more information about the course
West Auckland (Te Atatu): Spaces available for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Mary Williams – Life Coach
West Auckland (Glen Eden): Spaces available for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Camilla Widgery, Psychotherapist
South Auckland & Papakura: Spaces available for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Hadiyyeh Zohoori-Dossa
Central Auckland: Spaces available for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Stacey Randell, Social Worker
Central Auckland : Spaces available for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Nicola Hahn, Counsellor
East Auckland (Glen Innes): Spaces available now for individual & group work.
Course facilitator: Anne Purcell, Counsellor
p. 09 570 6250
e. [email protected]
North Shore: Spaces available for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Jasmin Shea, Counsellor
Rodney: spaces available for individual & group work
Course facilitator: Bridget Farmiloe
Well Women Franklin
Well Women Franklin is a Peer Support Group. We support women and their families in Franklin and Papakura who are experiencing Antenatal or Postnatal Distress and Anxiety. We focus on wellness and resilience, using a holistic approach. Any women who feels they need some support is welcome to get in touch with us.
The core services that we offer are peer support, 24-hour telephone support, childcare (while the women attend group), in home support & home visiting. We also offer movement workshops, counselling and an individualized goal-setting programme.
Our weekly peer support groups are a safe environment for women to connect with others who may be experiencing similar feelings. Our services help women on their journey to becoming well again and empower them to take back their lives.
If you feel that you need our support then please contact us:
- Maternal Mental Health Community Support Services
- Secure Beginnings- home based early intervention attachment service
- Counselling Services
- Dayspring Care Centre is open Tuesday to Friday during school term time providing a range of parenting support, psycho-education and life skill programmes including Circle of Security Parenting, sewing, art and exercise classes.
- Creche is available for mothers while attending programmes
- Referrals can be made via organisations or self referred
The Possums Clinic – HolisticBaby
Support offered to families who are facing breastfeeding, baby sleep, baby crying, and parent mood challenges. Each practitioner is fully accredited in Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC) or the Possums programs.
*Parents are supported using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy skills, but we are not a psychology service and unfortunately can’t accept crisis referrals or mental health care plans.
Zoom Mother’s Support Group on Zoom – every Thursday for approximately 40 weeks of the year. One off cost of $50 to attend as many sessions as needed.
Sessions facilitated; Feeding and Mood, Holistic Sleep Coach around Sleep (baby and parents), Settling and Sensory nourishment sessions. This includes Mood and support on how to have a more enjoyable experience learning about baby.
Facilitators are open to any questions and mamas supporting mamas who problem solve together.
Dr Kelly Kerrisk
DClinPsych, BA (Hons), MNZCCP
Kelly works from practice rooms in Titirangi, and also in Meadowbank, Auckland.
p. 021 032 8020
e. [email protected]
Kelly is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about supporting women and families experiencing depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, Post Traumatic Stress / Birth Trauma, and difficulties with attachment and the adjustment to parenthood. She draws on a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness as part of tailoring her approach to meeting the needs of each individual and family.
Walsh Trust – Maternal Mental Health Service
Walsh Trust – inspiring change, transforming lives
He Kākano Ora is the maternal mental health service of Walsh Trust. An award-winning service that provides residential respite and home-based support to mothers who are in their second trimester of pregnancy through until the baby turns a year. This service is funded by the Ministry of Health and is available only to mothers that are under the Maternal Mental Health Teams of Auckland and Waitemata DHB’s.
For further information about this service, please contact Laura Sanchez-Jimenez, Maternal Mental Health Service Manager 09 836 1401
If you would like to participate in our parenting groups, please complete the ‘Referral for Parenting Groups’ form.
Dr Missy Wolfman (Clinical Psychologist)
BA, BSc (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, PhD
e. [email protected]
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