The West Coast Primary Health Organisation (PHO) works with medical centres up and down the Coast to provide a free counselling service for West Coasters. Your usual medical centre can help organise this for you or you can contact the PHO directly on (03) 768 6182; just ask for the Counselling Service.
Contact details of West Coast medical centres and pharmacies can be found here.
The PHO's counselling service operates Mon-Fri during normal office hours. It is NOT a crisis service and it does not operate 24/7. If you need help outside these hours, click here for urgent help or contact one of the 24 hour helplines listed here.
So, what’s counselling at the PHO like?
Well, firstly it’s free. Secondly, it can be either face-to-face or by phone or Skype for those unable to get to a medical centre or to the PHO’s office in Greymouth. It’s really just a conversation with someone who’s on your side and trained to help you through the problem you are facing.
By talking your problems out with a professional, you’ll understand yourself better and you’ll feel better too. Get a sneak preview in our video ...