What to Expect
The first appointment is usually a discussion of the issues the client is looking for help with, and about their current life and history. We may be able to identify some helpful ideas or strategies within the first session.
If the client wants to attend further sessions, one or more appointments can be scheduled on a weekly or fortnightly basis, or booked sporadically as-required. The duration of therapy is based on what the client prefers and what is suitable for the nature of the problem. This 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 (an exception to this may occur if there is a risk of serious of harm to a person). 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. Electronic copies of these are kept. Records are kept in secure storage for 10 years in accordance with the Health (Retention of Health Information) Regulations (1996). Clients are welcome to access their records on request.
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). Professional 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 ($165.22 + GST). Payment is by cash, EFTPOS, or online payment (incl. credit card) after the session. Receipts can be provided.
WINZ can provide partial funding for counselling related to a health condition or disability (incl. mental health) for clients who meet several criteria. A GP must also support the application. This subsidy can potentially cover about two-thirds of the cost of fortnightly appointments.
Some health insurance policies include full or partial reimbursement for psychologist appointments. The Medical Protection Society fully covers the cost of up to six sessions for members.
CDHB staff members may be able to access fully funded psychology sessions through the Occupational Health Service.
There is free car parking available onsite (labelled 'Sleep Well Clinic' / #6, #7). There is space behind the building to lock a bicycle. There is a nearby bus stop on the #80 line.
Late Cancellation Policy
Please give as much notice as possible if you have to cancel an appointment. Appointments that are unattended or cancelled with less that 24hrs notice will be charged at 50% of the normal rate.
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