Puāwaitanga Contract Counsellor – Work from home

Due to growth in our service we are currently expanding our team and looking for Puāwaitanga Counsellor’s to join our team. The role offers flexible hours working from home or in a private practice.
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  • Are you experienced in providing brief intervention counselling
  • Do you want to support Kiwis who are struggling and provide phone-based professional, confidential counselling services?
  • Work from home or private practice, provide flexible hours and supplement your existing client base


Due to current growth in our service we are currently expanding our team and looking for Puāwaitanga Contract Counsellor’s to join our team. The role offers flexible hours working from home or in a private practice.

What is Puāwaitanga and how does it work?

Puāwaitanga means to blossom, to flourish, to break through and is a phone and web-based brief intervention counselling service to support Kiwis to improve their emotional well-being – their hauora.

  • Referrers will identify someone in need and refer them to Puāwaitanga. 
  • Clients choose which counsellor they would like to work with and schedule their first session using our online portal
  • At the initial appointment, the counsellor listens to the client and helps them identify goals and work out a progress plan 
  • Client's can speak to counsellors about any issues, some of which might be low mood, anxiety, grief, addictions, relationship issues and low self-esteem
  • Over the course of the programme (typically 3-6 sessions) the counsellor and client work together to improve the well-being of the client
  • After their sessions, the counsellor may refer the client on to further services or the client’s clinical team to continue supporting them 


To considered for the the role you will have the following skills:

Required skills

  • Completed qualification in a relevant field and full registration with a professional body (e.g., NZAC, NZPB, NZSW or similar)
  • 5+ years’ experience working in Mental Health, Addictions, Counselling or Face to Face therapy
  • Understanding of mental health needs of Maori and Pacifica communities in NZ  
  • Commit to  a minimum of 10 hours per week for client sessions, occurring between 9 am – 9 pm / Monday to Sunday (you choose what days/hours you would like to work)


Desirable skills – non essential

  • The ability to speak Te Reo, Samoan, Tongan or Mandarin would be highly advantageous (to a degree of fluency sufficient to hold sessions with clients)
  • Experience in Trauma informed care
  • Experience/Knowledge of Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Homecare Medical

Homecare Medical is a leading New Zealand healthcare organisation providing Telehealth services across Aotearoa. It’s a fresh, connected approach to healthcare that's already helped over half a million New Zealanders in less than a year.

As a part of our well-respected national organisation, you will be supported with strong, on-going learning and development programmes, guidance and coaching from a knowledgeable, supportive management team.  Homecare Medical celebrates the success of our staff and is continually looking for way to strengthen and improve our service.

You can also look forward to:

  • Being part of a growing and well-respected national organisation
  • A superb culture that celebrates success
  • Professional development opportunities.

If you're ready for a challenge and want to improve the lives of New Zealanders in need, this could be the perfect role for you. We'd love to hear from you, so please send us your application online. 

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Kia ora, Mālō and Welcome!

We run the National Telehealth Service which delivers free health and mental health advice, support and information 24/7, 365 days a year. We also provide a range of virtual health and mental health support services.

Whether we're nurses, counsellors, clinicians, accountants, or administrators, everyone at Homecare Medical works to virtually support Kiwis with their wellbeing.

Connect with us today and help support the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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