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No matter what you’re dealing with, it helps to talk to someone independent who can help you through it. We’ve partnered with Vitae to offer a free and confidential counselling service to anyone experiencing distress in a legal workplace, whether they’re a lawyer or not.
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Vitae is one of New Zealand’s most experienced providers of workplace wellbeing services. The Law Society has engaged Vitae to provide short-term, solution-focussed counselling by trained and accredited clinicians (including counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists). Counsellors are available every hour of every day.
To talk to a counsellor contact Vitae:
Make sure you mention you’re accessing the ‘Legal Community Counselling Service’.
You are eligible for up to 6 free confidential sessions with a counsellor of your choice.
The first 3 sessions are on a self-referral basis. Vitae can recommend on an anonymous basis that the Law Society funds an additional 3 sessions if this is needed.
No personal information will be provided by Vitae to the Law Society when seeking approval for further sessions.
The Law Society are gathering high-level information to measure how the service is being used. Statistical information will be collected by Vitae and passed onto the Law Society in an anonymous, aggregated form. All contact you have with Vitae will remain confidential.