Auckland DHB, Maternal Mental Health


Aronui Ora, Maternal Mental Health, Auckland District Health Board

Building 15
Ground Floor
Greenlane Clinical Centre
214 Greenlane West
Auckland 1051

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.





Registered Psychotherapist
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
Phone: 09 8464978 or 021 333021

Email: [email protected]

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.

Mothers Helpers


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.

Phone:  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
[email protected]

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): October 2017 – spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Mary Williams – Life Coach

West Auckland (Glen Eden): Spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Camilla Widgery, Psychotherapist

South Auckland & Papakura: spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Hadiyyeh Zohoori-Dossa

Central Auckland: Spaces available now for individual and next group starts January 2018
Course facilitator: Stacey Randell, Social Worker

Central Auckland : Spaces available now for individual one-on-one work, next group held in Feb 2018
Course facilitator: Nicola Hahn, Counsellor

East Auckland (Glen Innes): Spaces available now for individual work.  Next group starts Feb 2018 (both offered free of charge).  Ph (09) 570 6250 Email: [email protected]
Course facilitator: Anne Purcell, Counsellor

North Shore: Spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Jasmin Shea, Counsellor

Rodney : spaces available for individual & group work in Jan 2018
Course facilitator: Bridget Farmiloe

Well Women Franklin


Well Women Franklin provides a free Peer Support Group to women and their families who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing Ante Natal and/or Post Natal Distress.  They also assist women who are affected by other mental health disorders that are worsened during pregnancy and motherhood, including anxiety disorders and PTSD.

This is a free group for women in the Franklin area.

PO Box 972
Pukekohe, 2340
Telephone: 021 1588 134
Email: [email protected]

Dayspring Trust


PO Box 20269 Glen Eden, Auckland 0641
Phone (09) 827-6321
Fax (09) 827-6322
Regions Serviced: North Shore/Waitakere
Dayspring Offers:
  • Maternal Mental Health Community Support Services
  • Secure Beginnings- home based early intervention attachment service
  • Supported Landlord Services
  • Counselling Services
Dayspring Care Centre opens every week day providing a wide range of parenting support, psycho-education and life skill programmes including Circle of Security Parenting, sewing, art and exercise classes.
  • Creche for mothers who are attending programmes
  • Op Shop
  • Mother’s support groups
Referrals can be made via organisations or self referred

Homebuilders Family Services


5 Hexham Street
Open 9am-12 noon Monday-Friday

Phone: 09 425 7048
Fax: 09 425 7049
Email: [email protected]

Dr Sarah Bell-Booth


BA (Hons), DClinPsych
Clinical Psychologist
‘Health4all’ North Shore Squash Club, 21 Shea Terrace, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland
Mobile: 027 346 2707
• Face-to-face or Skype
• Individual or mini-groups
• Antenatal, postnatal and parents with older children
• Reduced rates for increased access and affordability

Dr Kelly Kerrisk


DClinPsych, BA (Hons), MNZCCP
Clinical Psychologist
Kelly works from practice rooms in Titirangi, and also in Meadowbank, Auckland.
Mobile: 021 032 8020
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.




Dr Missy Wolfman (Clinical Psychologist)
BA, BSc (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, PhD
Email: [email protected]
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