Core clinical service

Former refugees may have endured or been exposed to organised violence, torture, harassment, imprisonment, war conditions and civil unrest, escapes, refugee camp life, exile and migration. People who have been tortured or traumatised may carry the effects of these experiences for many years.

This organisation exists to help these people settle into their new life in New Zealand.

To speak with someone to begin this process of recovery, call (04) 805 0350. Or to apply for our services, download a referral form. Refugee Trauma Recovery provides screening, assessment, treatment/therapy, and onward referral, including:

  • The ability to talk in confidence with someone who has an understanding of the issues involved in the refugee and exile experience
  • Medical reviews by a consultant psychiatrist
  • Coordination of services from other agencies, such as general practitioners, mental health workers, and support workers •General assistance with adaptation to life in New Zealand.

Treatment methods are tailored to an individual’s needs and can include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapy for depression, directed toward solving current problems and modifying inaccurate and/or unhelpful thinking and behaviour.
  • Gestalt therapy, a form of psychotherapy that emphasises personal responsibility focusing upon an individual’s experience in the present.
  • Narrative therapy, a form of psychotherapy using narrative.
  • Problem solving approaches.
  • EMDR trauma therapy, useful with clients who have suffered for years from anxiety or distressing memories, nightmares, insomnia, abuse or other traumatic events.