Pyschological support and counsellors

Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is tough.  It takes a toll on you physically and emotionally, but it can be easy to ignore your emotions or feelings because you're so focused on your physical health.

Please don't ignore your mental health. Women who have experienced breast cancer are at increased risk of depression so it's extremely important to get professional help if you think you might be suffering from depression. 

Any combination of the following symptoms can be a sign you have depression:

  • constantly feeling down or helpless
  • having little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy
  • being tired all the time
  • feelings of emptiness or loneliness
  • low self esteem
  • problems with concentration

Many women find it helps to talk to others who have had breast cancer or to a counsellor or psychologist. BCAC has compiled a list of counsellors below. It is not intended to be exhaustive and you may find others who can help you. If you are seeking counselling or psychological support please do talk to you breast care nurse and/or your GP as they will have advice on the next steps.

You may also find it helpful to check out this website

Upper/Mid North Island

Northland Cancer Society Northland, based in Whangarei Northland liaison nurses: 0800 366 066 or 09 437 5593 Take referrals from breast care nurses and GPs but also self-referral

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Auckland Cancer Society, Auckland branch 09 308 0168 Free service within certain criteria

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  Geraldine Meechan - Breast Associates 09 522 1346 Fee - Doctor referral required

Danute Leatham - College Hill Psychologists, 88 College Hill, Ponsonby

09 981 5977   Fee
  Dove House, Eastern Bays Hospice, 207A Riddell Rd 09 575 4555   Free service

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  Skylight Counselling, Auckland 0800-299-100 Fee - assistance for low income
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society Waikato/Bay of Plenty 07 903 5809  Cancer Society funding within certain criteria

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  Maureen Trainor - Clinical Psychologist, 100 Clarence Street, Hamilton 07 839 1941 or 0274 913 860 Fee but also works with the local Cancer Society  
Tauranga Cancer Society Waikato/Bay of Plenty - Liaison nurses: Anne Davidson, Colleen Kendrick 07 571 2035 Cancer Society funding within certain criteria  
Rotorua Cancer Society Waikato/Bay of Plenty - Liaison nurses: Sarah Doyle, Andrea Mitchell 07 349 4556  Cancer Society funding within certain criteria  

Lower North Island

Taranaki Taranaki Psychological Services, Taranaki Base Hospital, David Street, Westown New Plymouth 4310

Community Outpatients

06 753 6139 extn 7699

  Provision of psychology services to patients who meet TDHB criteria Click for more information
Palmerston North Massey Cancer Psychological service 06 350-5180  Free service funded by DHB Mid Central Health

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 Erin Bradley

 06 304 9981

027 819 2260 Referrals or self-referral. Funding available through local Cancer Society Click for more information
  See also Skylight Counselling below   Based in Wellington but have counsellors in the Wairarapa    
Wellington Skylight Counselling 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767 Fee - assistance for low income

South Island

Nelson/Marlborough Cancer Society Nelson 03 539 3662    

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  Cancer Society Marlborough 03 579 4379    

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West Coast Cancer Society West Coast (Greymouth) 03 768 9557 Referrals from BCNs but also individual enquiries


Christchurch Cancer Society Canterbury 0800 CANCER (226 237) Contact the cancer information nurses to discuss Cancer Society funding available within certain criteria  
   Canterbury DHB  Oncology Department Patients having chemo are able to access the service through the Oncology Dept.  Free  
  The St Georges Cancer Care Centre, 131 Leinster Rd, Strowan, Christchurch 03 355 1700   Fee - Doctor referral required

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Otago/Southland Cancer Society Otago & Southland 03 477 7447 Supportive care team Take referrals from BCNs but also individual enquiries