Accessing ACC Counselling

ACC offers fully-funded and immediate support and treatment – including support for your family and whānau. It doesn’t matter if it happened recently or a long time ago, there’s support available when you’re ready. Visit to find out more information or access ACC support.

When it comes to seeking counselling, ACC gives you full control. In the “Find a Therapist” section on their website, you can search for a therapist that suits your needs and makes you feel more comfortable, including specifications around gender, cultural experience, experience working with addictions and languages spoken. You’ll also be able to find out where your nearest providers are based so that it’s easy for you to access them. If for any reason a therapist is not the right match for you, you are free to try someone new at no extra cost.

It is up to you when you want to start therapy, and you are free to stop or take a break from therapy at any time. You can also choose how long you want support for. For some people, short-term therapy is sufficient. For others, long-term therapy is the best option. In this case, you and your therapist will go through a confidential assessment to work out the best way forward for you.

ACC understands that sexual violence can also have a significant impact on the family and whānau of the survivor. Support sessions are available to help to educate family and whānau on the effects of sexual violence, coping strategies and assistance in supporting young survivors through behavioural changes.

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