Family Therapy Services

Stand now offers a Family Therapy Service.  The focus of the new service is to provide a response to protect the most vulnerable children/young people aged 0 to 18 years of age (including unborns) from further maltreatment/exposure to chronic trauma, and to support their recovery from that exposure and enhance their wellbeing.  

The Family Therapy Service is child focused and structured to achieve a reduction in risk and an increase in protection for children and young people through a therapeutic and multi-systemic approach to change within the family/whānau, school and community through the provision of a Family Therapy Service. 

The Family Therapy Service is “trauma informed” meaning that its delivery is grounded in an understanding and responsiveness to the impact of trauma that emphasises physical, psychological and emotional safety for Children and families.  

The service will create an opportunity for them to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment and the focus on supporting positive family functioning will help address and support resilience and recovery from damaging experiences such as those associated with intergenerational trauma, family violence, parental depression and chronic health issues, grief and loss, and addiction lifestyles. 

If you know children and families with these kinds of struggles then perhaps our Family Therapy Service can help.  These children and their families need us to work together if they are to heal and recover.  

For each child and family we seek to develop their capacity to live in healthy, hopeful relationships with others and function as a stable, capable and loving family.  On this depends all of the other necessary outcomes which contribute to their ability to enjoy life and reach their potential.  This provision of profoundly healing relationships is at the heart of the theoretical underpinning of Stand Children’s Services so we expect when you refer to us that you will continue your involvement with the child and family, working to your strengths as we work to ours.  

Referrals for Stand Family Therapy Services 

Access to our family therapy service is limited to:

  • vulnerable families with children aged 0 to 18 (including unborns),
  • is by referral only, and
  • is limited to referrals from:
    • Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Vulnerable Children)
    • Strengthening Families
    • CAMHS
    • Children’s Teams
    • Social Service NGO’s

Priority will be given to Oranga Tamariki, Children’s Teams and CAMHS referrals.

Acceptance into the service will be based on referral agents completing our Stand Family Therapy Service Referral Form which will demonstrate that the child and family meet the access criteria and have consented to receive family therapy services from Stand.

Service coverage and enquiries

Stand Family Therapy Service Midland

Phone 07 927 7515


Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane, Opotiki,  


Stand Family Therapy Service Central

Phone 06 965 1015


New Plymouth, Whanganui, South Taranaki, Horowhenua, Kapiti, Lower Hutt


Stand Family Therapy Service Christchurch

Phone 03 332 2541          


Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru