As per NZAC, Counselling is a unique professional and intentional process, which draws on a range of skills and interventions that enable people to increase their self-awareness, and to identify, address and find ways of coping with challenges that occur in life.

Many life experiences can present us with changes and stressors that seem overwhelming and can interfere with day-to-day life and our wellbeing. Counselling provides a supportive and safe environment where issues can be clarified, options and ways of navigating these can be explored, and effective strategies can be developed that meet the needs of each client in bringing about positive change.

Listening and jointly exploring ideas through proper consultation has always been part and partial duty of Muslims. This can be traced back to the days of the prophet Muhammad Sal-lal lahu alai hi wasallam. Verses are directly revealed from Allah Ta-aa-laa to counsel people in general and Muslims in particular. Family members of a deceased go through grief, which can lead one into depression and anxiety. Almighty Allah addresses them in Surah Al-Baqarah verses (153 -157). These verses if understood and implemented in our basic aqeedah / belief, can eliminate stress and pressure from a believer, (Almighty Allah willing). One can find in the Qur’aan and the teachings of the prophet (s.a.w.) what may in the modern world be termed as counselling.

Muslim children and family in New Zealand face a great deal of social challenges brought about by the ever-increasing secular norms. Family separation, divorce, the proliferation of drugs, Music, fornication and adultery; and, the atmosphere of a society lacking guidance all contribute to the challenges faced by our community.

Counselling provides young adults and families/caregivers with an opportunity to explore difficulties and concerns and empowers them to make informed decisions. Confidentiality, trust, Respect for human dignity, Partnership, Autonomy, responsible caring, personal integrity, social justice are all part of counselling.

With best practice, taking into consideration the rules and regulations of NZAC, we implement Islamic counselling, through recognition of Islamic values, based on the teachings of Kitaab and Sunnah. With the blessing of Allah (s.w.t.) counselling with integrated Islamic values aims to support best possible education and social outcomes for all, young people and their families alike.  Guidance will be from Allah (s.w.t) so therefore it is very important to connect with Allah (s.w.t.) through spiritual solutions.  Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) is our model and example in showing compassion about others’ concerns. It was reported that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was a good listener. May Allah (s.w.t.) guide us all? (Ameen)

Please if you are in need of counselling do not hesitate to call us, we are here to help you in the best possible manner with the guidance of Allah (s.w.t.).

Self Referral Form

Crisis Centre

Whirinaki Team/Mental Health   

ph: 09 265 4000    times: 24/7 days


Specific Helplines

Alcohol Drug Helpline               

ph: 0800 787 797    times: 24/7 days

Are You Ok: Family Violence                     

ph: 0800 456 450    times: 24/7 days

Depression Helpline                                     

 ph: 0800 111 757    times: 24/7 days

Kidsline (aged up 18)                                   

ph: 0800 543 754    times: 4pm-9pm  / Mon – Fri