FAQ

Who do you work with?

I primarily work with individual adults in my private practice but also enjoy and have experience working with youth (i.e., 15-24). 

 

Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral.

 

To self-refer, arrange an appointment or to discuss whether therapy might be helpful you can either phone, email or use the ‘contact me’ page.

 

If you cannot get a hold of me, please leave a message or send me an email, and I will respond as soon as possible.

When are you available?

I am currently only available in Wellington CBD on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. My working hours are 9am-5pm.

How long are the sessions and how much do they cost?

 

Initial consultation ($250 incl GST - 90 mins): An initial consultation is 90 minutes and the cost is $250 including GST.

 

Therapy sessions ($185 incl GST - 50 mins). My standard fee for ongoing therapy sessions is $185 (including GST) per session. Sessions are typically 50 minutes. 

 

Payments can be made by Eftpos on the same day as your appointment.

 

What types of therapy do you practice?

I have formal training and experience in using a number of different therapeutic approaches however predominately use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in my work.  

 

Click here to read more about these therapies.

 

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you need is an individualised decision and depends on what you are wanting help with, the severity of the issue, and your individual goals. This can vary from 1-2 sessions for a brief intervention, 6-12 sessions for short-term therapy, or 20+ sessions for long-term therapy (or anywhere in between).

 

I usually work with people on a weekly or fortnightly basis; however, this is something we can decide on together.

 

During the first session, we will agree on an initial plan and estimated number of sessions based on the information gathered. We will then regularly review our progress across our sessions together to make sure we are working together effectively to meet your goals.

 

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my session? 

If you need to cancel, change or reschedule our appointment please give at least 24 hours notice so that the appointment can be offered to another client.

 

Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be charged 50% of the session fee (i.e., $92.50). Non-attendance of a session without prior notice, except in the case of a serious emergency, will be charged at the full rate (i.e. $185).

 

Please note: Monday appointments must be cancelled by the same time on the prior Friday, and the same applies for 24 hour (business hours) notice during holidays or holiday periods.

 

​Privacy and Confidentiality 

Your privacy and confidentiality is important. As registered health professionals, Clinical Psychologists adhere to the rules and principles of the Privacy Act 1993, Health Information Privacy Code (1994), and the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

What we talk about in our sessions is confidential and will not be shared with anyone else without your consent. Exceptions to this is if I think you or another person is at risk or if I am required to do so by a court of law. 

 

What if I need help immediately or am in crisis?

I am unable to provide emergency support or a crisis service. 

 

If you or someone you know is in crisis please contact Te Haika (Mental Health Contact Centre) on 0800 745 477. For immediate support, call the emergency services on 111.

 Other helpful contacts are listed below: 

Need to talk: Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or Free text 4357

(HELP) Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Samartians: 0800 726 666

Depression and Anxiety Helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202

Youthline: 0800 376 633, Free text 234, email talk@youthline.co.nz