Workshops and Counselling
The MDA and its branches offer workshops on a variety of topics.
Recent workshops include lifting and handling safely for carers,
sexuality relationships and disabilities as well as a workshop for
parents with a child diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition. Look
out for upcoming workshops on the coming events page of the website or
in the MDA's quarterly "In Touch" magazine. You can also find out
from your MDA branch or Fieldworker.
If you have suggestions for workshops you'd find useful, please
let us know!
Counselling can help you deal with a number of problems; grief
and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, parenting,
communication and adjusting to a new situation such as being
diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition.
During a session the counsellor will help you to tell your story
and develop responses that will work for you and encourage you to
find answers of your own. You will get a non-judgmental, supportive
professional. All counselling is confidential, what is said in the
room stays in the room unless you agree otherwise and except in the
rare situation where you may be a danger to yourself or others or
where counsellors have a legal obligation to inform other
The MDA NZ provides up to three free one hour confidential
counselling sessions per year to MDA members. The aim is to help
MDA members who have a neuromuscular condition, their carers and
other whanau/family members by partnering with EAPworks to allow
easy access to professional, accredited and experienced counsellors
in alignment with the MDA's VISION "people living with a
neuromuscular condition having unrestricted oppourtunitues to
achieve their full potential" Click here for more
Some community-based agencies, for example Home and Family
Counselling and Lifeline offer face-to-face counselling
sessions and don't set fees for their services. Instead ask clients
to make a donation, which they can afford. Many counsellors,
however do charge a fee for their services but funding for this can
be sourced through WINZ if you are receiving the Disability
Allowance or are on a low income. However you are limited to a set
amount of counselling sessions via this method.
The Family Court arranges free and confidential counselling for
couples who are having problems with their relationship, or who are
separating and need help reaching agreement on issues such as
arrangements for the care of their children. Counselling is also
available for parents and guardians of a child if they are unable
to reach agreement on an important issue concerning the child.
Family court will fund a maximum of six hours of counselling.
Telephone counselling is a professional service that enables
callers to work through issues affecting their life, reaching
decisions that are constructive and positive. It may be in
moment of crisis but need not be - there are times in everyone's
life when even small problems can seem insurmountable and talking
it through with someone can be of real help. Telephone counselling
is not "problem solving" and it is not giving advice or advocating
a particular course of action. It is rather, about forming an
empathic and non judgmental relationship in which the caller feels
safe to talk about anything, often in a way that is not possible
with family or friends.
Your MDA Fieldworker or the MDA National Office can help you
with this service.