Counsellors – Community based 0.8FTE & IPU 0.6FTE

North Shore

Part Time

Family Support Services

About Us

Harbour Hospice is the specialist, palliative care provider for families living in the Hibiscus Coast, North Shore and Warkworth / Wellsford communities. We provide compassionate, free care working primarily with patients, families and carers in their homes and within our three hospice sites. Our bespoke services include medical care, spiritual support, physiotherapy, social activities and more. In 2018 our hospice sites in Warkworth/Wellsford, Hibiscus & North Shore were brought together under the Harbour Hospice brand. By combining these three areas we are better able to meet the needs of our growing population, and continue to improve, share skills, expertise and extend the services we provide.

We are looking for Counsellors who have experience in Palliative care and/or Grief and Loss to join our Family Support Team to provide Counselling services to our patients, families, whanau & carers within a home-based setting and within the 10 bed in-patient Unit at our Takapuna Hospice.

About the Roles

Our Family Support team offers practical and emotional support to patients, families, whānau and carers, including children and young people, learning to cope with uncertainty, loss and grief. Our counsellors are part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides social work, cultural support, spiritual care and complementary therapy who work together to provide a range services to those living with a life limiting condition.

About You

We’re looking for a special type of person who has the life skills and counselling experience to visit the home of a patient and to talk with them about the issues they are facing and how to deal with the multitude of emotions, thoughts and feelings they are going through. From a counselling perspective the role on our in-patient unit is somewhat different to the “norm”. Think cold-calling for Counsellors, there is no appointment system on an IPU. As a Counsellor you only get one chance to make a first impression and that is where your experience as a Counsellor practising in Grief & Loss and ideally EOL Diagnosis, palliative care really makes a difference to our patients and their families. Our team run support groups for patients, carers and their families and this role will be involved in the planning and facilitation of some of these. There is a requirement to support internal training of staff in relevant areas.

  • Counselling degree or post graduate certificate or diploma
  • Current NZAC annual practicing certificate
  • Cultural competence
  • Flexibility to work collaboratively
  • Ability to draw on evidence-based practice and literature
  • Experience or interest in working within a Narrative and Collaborative therapies framework

Both our community-based & in-patient unit Counsellors play a key part in building trust and engagement with the Team at Hospice. From a Counselling perspective this is your opportunity to help our patients live every moment in whatever way is important to them.

How to Apply

For more information call Jayne Rice, Recruitment Specialist on 0212 800 323 or to apply please email your CV along with a cover letter outlining why you wish to apply for the role to

To find out more or to have a chat about any of our advertised roles, please contact our HR team on or call 09 486 1688