Counselling support - Christchurch earthquake

By: Relationships Aotearoa  05-Apr-2012

Counselling support – what is it?

Free counselling support is available for people affected by the earthquakes. You might want to know what to expect, to decide if it will be useful for you.

The focus is on helping people cope with what’s happening now. It is a very practical approach based on what you need. Some of the common areas people have looked at are:

·         Ways to calm yourself if you feel worried or afraid.

·         Thinking through your next steps.

·         What helps life to feel as normal as it can be at the moment.

·         Ways to help your kids cope.

·         Ways to cope with stress and feel less irritable.

·         Reassurance that feeling worried and stressed is to be expected in these circumstances. It doesn’t have to stop you dealing with the situation.

If you want some practical counselling support:

  • Ring Relationships Aotearoa on 03 741 9201 or 0800 RELATE (0800 735 283)

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Our Services

This is where you can find out about supervision for counsellors, professional support for people in demanding workplace roles, and training or facilitation support for your workplace. This section describes some of the different types of counselling we offer (eg personal counselling, couple counselling, workplace counselling). This includes our Parenting though Separation courses and our Relating Well in New Zealand programme for new migrants.


Coping with the Earthquake

Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga has trained counsellors available to help you and your family cope with the emotional impact of the earthquake. Along with all the practical details that need to be dealt with following the earthquake. Following a disaster of this magnitude it is normal to have a range of responses. Call 03 366 8804 or 0800 RELATE for telephone support or to make an appointment.


Supporting Children after the Earthquake

Help them settle at night with calming routines and reassure them if they wake in the night (a nice bedtime story, nightlights, breathing exercises, special toys). Relationships Aotearoa Whakawhanaungatanga has trained counsellors available to help you and your family cope with the emotional impact of the earthquake. If your child is acting out, continue to be clear and consistent about unacceptable behaviour.


Taking care of your relationship after the quake

Taking good care of yourself – regular meals, some physical exercise and a bit of rest will help you to manage stress, worry, fear, anger and grief. Your relationship feels more precious and more vulnerable in the wake of so much loss. How do you take care of your relationship, so that it can take care of you. Pool your ideas about what possibilities the future might hold. The earthquake puts a lot of things into perspective.