What to Expect
Initial Appointment: We will work together to understand your main concerns and establish therapeutic goals. We may be able to identify some useful strategies to get started with in this first session.
Therapy Length: This will depend on the nature of the issues and your desired outcomes. Brief interventions may only require 1-2 sessions, while short-term therapy may involve 6-10 sessions. Long-term therapy may consist of 20 or more sessions. Appointments are typically scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis.
Style of Therapy
I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, to assist clients in improving their lives. ACT helps clients to focus on the present moment, accept difficult thoughts and feelings without judgment, and commit to taking action towards what is most important. The aim is to help people develop greater psychological flexibility and reduce psychological suffering by letting go of maladaptive coping strategies and focusing on what truly matters to them.
Personal information is kept confidential, except when disclosure is requested or there is an immediate risk of serious harm. You can find more information on confidentiality in healthcare using the Health Privacy Toolkit on the Privacy Commissioner's website.
I comply with the Health (Retention of Health Information) Regulations (1996) by securely storing electronic copies of session notes and other related documents for a period of 10 years. Clients have the right to access their own records upon request.
I am committed to upholding the highest standards of professional conduct in line with the ethical principles governing clinical psychologists in New Zealand. These principles encompass.
Respect for the Dignity of Persons and Peoples: Treating all individuals with respect, valuing diversity, and honouring human rights.
Responsible Caring: Providing care that is responsive to individual needs and prioritises the well-being of clients.
Integrity in Relationships: Maintaining honesty, transparency, and fairness in all professional interactions.
Social Justice and Responsibility to Society: Working to promote fairness and equality within the community and broader society.
Ethical practice 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
50-minute appointments are $200 ($173.92 + GST). Payment is typically made via online bank transfer following the session (an invoice will be provided). EFTPOS is not available.
WINZ Support: If your income falls below a certain threshold, you may qualify for a Disability Allowance for Counselling from WINZ. Your GP must also sign the application.
Health Insurance: Some policies offer full or partial reimbursement for psychologist appointments.
Te Whatu Ora/Health New Zealand: If you work for Te Whatu Ora/Health New Zealand, funding may be accessible for treatment related to work-related issues through the organisation's Wellbeing, Health, and Safety Team.
Victim Support/Manaaki Tangata: I offer free sessions through the Victim Assistance Scheme. This requires approval from a support worker.
I offer assessment and therapy sessions via Zoom videoconferencing.
There is free car parking available onsite (with further spaces on Gamblins Road if the carpark is full). There is bike rack adjacent to the lawn. There are bus stops nearby for the Orbiter and #17 lines.
We have one designated accessible parking space and a wheelchair ramp to access to the waiting room.
The therapy room and waiting room have ample ventilation with open windows and an air circulation system. An additional HEPA-filtered air purifier runs continuously in the therapy room. I usually don't wear a mask, but I am happy to wear a KN95 during the appointment upon request.
Late Cancellation Policy
To avoid being charged, please email me as soon as possible if you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment. If an appointment is missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice, a fee of 50% of the regular rate will be applied.
Services I Don't Provide
ACC: I do not offer services funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation
Capacity and Neuropsychological Assessments: These specific assessments are not part of my practice.
Specialist Couple's Therapy, Family Therapy, or Treatment for Children or Adolescents: My expertise does not extend to these specific areas.
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