Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)

Many employers contract a company to provide brief intervention counselling for employees. Those EAP companies then contract therapists such as Kay and Lynley here at Invercargill Child and Family Centre to provide the counselling. We contract to many EAP companies so you may be able to access funded sessions through your employers EAP scheme.


At the Invercargill Child and Family Centre, we provide clinical supervision for people from a range of disciplines, including psychology, psychotherapy, social work, counselling and support workers.

Supervision is a formal arrangement where supervisees review and reflect on their work. Practitioners bring their actual work-practice to another person (individual supervision), or to a group (small group or team supervision), and review what happened in their practice in order to learn from that experience. In a relationship of trust and transparency supervisee’s talk about their work and through reflection and thoughtfulness learn from it.

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy incorporates horses for mental and behavioural health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a mental health professional and an equine specialist working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of the intensity and effectiveness it is considered a short term brief intervention. www.eagala.org

“Why horses? Why not other animals?”

Naturally intimidating to many, horses are large and powerful. This creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.

Clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. The focus is not riding or horsemanship. The focus involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilised and developed.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including the relief of pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, to reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs of individuals. Music therapy improves the quality of life for people of all ages, whether they have disabilities or illnesses.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote wellness
  • Manage stress
  • Aleviate pain
  • Express feelings
  • Enhance memory
  • Improve communication
  • Promote physical rehabitilation
  • Improve socialization
  • Improve quality of life