Appointments and Cancellation Policy

Initial Consultation (60 Minutes):

The first session will be more structured than usual, and I may ask questions about what brings you to therapy, what you feel is wrong in your life, any symptoms you are experiencing, and your history. The purpose of this session is to start building a picture of your past and present relationships, important life events, and repeating patterns, feelings or emotions that cause you distress. By clarifying these factors your Therapy will be more effective and can be tailored to your needs. We will also look at your strengths, support needs, and goals for therapy. 

Regular Therapy Sessions (50 Minutes):
Individual psychotherapy or counselling sessions are 50 minutes and we will have an agreed contract at a regular time and place, usually on a weekly basis. The process involves us sitting in a room talking, which is why it is often called "talk therapy". In some circumstances fortnightly appointments may be available. For some clients with challenging mental health issues, complex trauma, or those undergoing a period of emotional crisis twice-weekly sessions may be appropriate.

Cancellation Policy:
My cancellation policy requires at least 24 HOURS NOTICE to be given otherwise a full fee will be charged for the missed session. Negotiated missed sessions (with more than 24 hours notice given) which are not rescheduled will be charged at $40.  

Confidentiality and Codes of Ethics

All therapy discussions we have, your personal details, and clinical notes are confidential and all client files are kept securely stored. To ensure my work with you remains as beneficial as possible I attend regular professional supervision with a Senior Therapist/Counsellor. If I discuss your situation with my supervisor anonymity is assured as I will not use identifying details. The only exception to maintaining confidentiality is if you were at risk of causing serious harm to yourself or others, or if you disclose that there is a serious risk of harm to you from someone else, in which case I am legally required to notify other agencies/services who can help. I would make all attempts to discuss this with you first in the rare occasion that this was necessary.

I abide by the following Codes of Ethics and professional practice:

  • The New Zealand Psychological Society
  • The New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)

            Costs and Payment Options

  • Initial Consultation Appointment                     $150 (60 minute session)
  • Regular Individual Therapy/Counselling           $140 (50 minute session) 
  • Skype or Phone Counselling                             $140 (60 Minute session)
  • Couple Counselling/Relationship Therapy         $175  (60 minute Couple Session).
  • University Student (Full Time)                          $120 (50 Minute Session)
  • Negotiated Missed Sessions (not rescheduled)    $40 charge (or Full Fee if 24 hrs not given)
  • Payment is usually by means of cash or internet transfer at the end of sessions. A receipt can be provided upon request.
  • Payments can also be made by Automatic Payment in advance. Bank details will be given upon request.
  • Note: All charges include GST. 

CONTACT US NOW TO ARRANGE AN INITIAL THERAPY CONSULTATION!

 Practice rooms located in Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand

Email: synthesis-therapy@slingshot.co.nz   

Mobile Phone: 021-973455