New Zealand Law Society - Legal Community Counselling Service

Legal Community Counselling Service

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.

If you have experienced or witnessed suspected misconduct or unsatisfactory conduct, you can raise a concern or make a complaint about a lawyer to the Lawyers Complaints Service. 

Bullying and Harassment in the legal profession

Lawyers Complaints Service

Talk to a counsellor

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’.

How many sessions you can get

You are eligible for up to 3 free confidential sessions with a counsellor of your choice.

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.