Counselling and Emotional Support


Our therapists, social workers and spiritual care coordinator offer opportunities for parents and children to discuss and explore the emotional, social, spiritual and practical issues that are integral to caring for a child who has a progressive and life limiting illness (or who is suffering from grief and loss).

The Hospice/Rainbow Place Family Services Team provide information and support for parents wanting to support their children under the age of seven. For children and young people over the age of seven years, our counsellors will carry out holistic assessments to ascertain a clear picture of family/whānau needs.

Our counselling service is free, confidential and available to all Rainbow Place clients and their family/whānau. We also offer telephone counselling to support families living in rural or remote areas of the Waikato.

Counselling provides:

  • Personal one to one sessions provided either in our counselling room at our Wellness Centre or at home as needed.
  • Therapeutic support groups for patients and for caregivers, held periodically throughout the year
  • Skilled support volunteers are able to spend time listening in a warm and supportive way.
  • Guidance and assistance to individuals and families in communicating with each other in times of severe emotional distress. People within our service have found that counselling can reduce pain, anxiety, fear and stress, allowing for relaxation and a greater sense of meaning.
  • A supportive partnership with individuals and their issues. It helps them to access their own resources, wisdom and strengths so they can find new answers and ways to live.
  • A time for listening and talking for emotional expression and for greater personal awareness.
  • Creative use of art, expressive writing, music and play.

If you would like to know more about the Counselling Service, discuss your counselling needs or make an appointment, please contact Rainbow Place on 07 859 1260.