Another free therapy event being held for Hawke’s Bay communities

Another free therapy event being held for Hawke’s Bay communities

Napier Family Centre is collaborating with Trauma Aid Aotearoa to offer a free therapy event to the Hawke’s Bay community on Saturday 25 November – particularly supporting those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.  

The event builds on the success of co-hosted trauma therapy sessions held at Napier Family Centre in August, where volunteer psychology and trauma experts facilitated group-based therapy. Dr. Chris Neuenfeldt, a renowned trauma specialist based in Queenstown, will once again lead the event.  

The sessions will be based on the proven therapeutic approach of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). These sessions are suitable for adults as well as whānau and tamariki, and they are open to the public at no cost, thanks to the dedication of a team of volunteers along with generous philanthropic funding. 

“For everyone, our goal is to improve the accessibility of EMDR therapy to clients who want to recover quickly from trauma,” Dr Neuenfeldt says.  

“We believe that group therapy is the means to achieve unity, and our goal is to whiria te tāngata, or to weave the people together.” 

The organising team actively seeks expressions of interest from providers interested in volunteering at the event. Volunteers do not need to be trained in EMDR.  

Registrations for participants are open to the public now. For more information and to register, visit  


  • Understanding EMDR:

EMDR is an evidence-based treatment renowned for its success in helping survivors of trauma and their families. By focusing on processing distressing memories and integrating them into a healthier perspective, EMDR facilitates emotional healing and growth. Widely used worldwide, EMDR addresses common mental health symptoms following disasters, providing crucial support to individuals and communities on their journey to recovery. 

  • About Dr. Chris Neuenfeldt:

Dr. Chris Neuenfeldt is an experienced psychologist and trauma specialist, dedicated to helping individuals and communities recover from traumatic experiences. With extensive expertise in trauma therapy, he has positively impacted the lives of many, supporting adults, children, and whānau in their healing and personal growth. As one of the three experienced clinical psychologists leading the Whakaora Recovery Group, Chris emphasizes the importance of improving the accessibility of EMDR therapy to clients recovering from trauma. 

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