Living with a life limiting condition or experiencing grief and loss can be a challenging experience both emotionally and psychologically. Counselling provides you with the opportunity to reflect on, and make meaning of, the changes that are happening to you and around you. It can help you make decisions that are right for you.

Counselling can support you and others important to you, to have challenging conversations about death and dying. It can provide you with an opportunity to debrief to someone neutral who can validate and be accepting of your feelings and the situation you are in.

Counselling supports patients and families/whānau both at the end of a person’s life and in bereavement. The hospice team or your GP may refer you for counselling support; however you and your family members or whānau can also self-refer to our service.

Serena Stace, Counsellor and Art Therapist at Te Omanga Hospice, also works with adults and young people over 18 years old. She is available Wednesday and Thursday for counselling.

Margaret Alve, Counsellor at Te Omanga Hospice, primarily works with adults and young people over 18 years old. She is available Monday and Tuesday for counselling.

If you would like to know more about the Counselling Service, discuss your counselling needs or make an appointment, please contact us on 04 569 7921 or email

Serena Stace – Counsellor and Art Therapist

Margaret Alve – Counsellor