What to Expect
At the first appointment, we usually talk about the issues you are looking for help with, and about your current life and history. We may be able to identify some helpful ideas or strategies within the first session.
If you want to attend further therapy sessions, these usually take place on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The duration of therapy can vary from 1-2 sessions for a brief intervention, 6-10 sessions for short-term therapy, or 20+ sessions for long-term therapy (or anywhere in between).
In therapy sessions, clients gain insight into the behaviour of themselves and others, learn new ways to respond to stress and life challenges, clarify what matters to them, and work towards short-term and long-term goals.
Style of Therapy
I use an approach based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These are active interventions aimed at helping people make positive changes. Clients learn to manage unhelpful thoughts, painful emotions, and other difficult experiences, and find new ways of coping with challenging situations to move their lives in the direction of personal values and long-term goals.
Client confidentiality is an essential component of therapy. Personal information is kept private unless disclosure is requested by the client. An exception to this may occur if there is a risk of serious of harm to somebody. More information on confidentiality in healthcare can be found in the Health Privacy Toolkit on the Privacy Commissioner's website.
Handwritten notes are made during appointments. These are then digitised and original documents are shredded. Electronic notes, appointment data, and communications are kept in secure online storage. Records are kept for 10 years in accordance with the Health (Retention of Health Information) Regulations (1996). No physical documents are retained. Clients are welcome to review their records.
My work is guided by the ethical principles that apply to clinical psychologists in New Zealand (Respect for the Dignity of Persons and Peoples, Responsible Caring, Integrity in Relationships, Social Justice and Responsibility to Society). This includes respect for the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, compliance with NZ Govt legislation, and adherence to the NZ Psychologists Board's Code of Ethics for Psychologists. See also, the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.
Fees and Payment
Appointments are $190 for a 50 minute appointment (GST inclusive). Payment is by cash or EFTPOS (incl. credit card) after the session. Electronic receipts can be provided.
WINZ can provide partial funding for counselling related to a health condition (incl. mental health) or disability when clients meet several criteria. A GP must also support the application. This subsidy can potentially cover about two-thirds of the cost of fortnightly appointments.
Therapy related to recent or historical sexual abuse that occurred in NZ may be funded by ACC through the Sensitive Claims service. More information can be found on the FindSupport website.
Some health insurance policies include full or partial subsidies for psychologist appointments. The Medical Protection Society covers up to six sessions for members. It is worth contacting the provider for details prior to the appointment.
CDHB staff members may be able to access funded psychology sessions through the Occupational Health service.
There is free car parking available onsite (labelled 'Sleep Well Clinic' / #6, #7). There are no bicycle racks, but space behind the building to park (can be locked to fence). There is a nearby bus stop on the #80 line.
Late Cancellation Policy
Please give as much notice as possible for appointment cancellations. Appointments that are unattended or cancelled with less that 24hrs notice will be charged at 50% of the normal fee.
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