Appointments and Cancellation Policy

Initial Consultation (50 Minutes):

The first session will be more structured than usual, and I may ask a range of questions and inquire 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. We will of course also allow time for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

Regular Therapy Sessions (50 Minutes):
Individual psychotherapy or counselling sessions are 50 minutes and we will enter an agreed contract and have a commitment to each other 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". This regular appointment time is then ‘owned’ by you. 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. Where possible, every effort will however be made to reschedule canceled appointments within the same day or week. Negotiated missed sessions (with more than 24 hours notice given) which are not rescheduled will be charged at $35.

Holidays/Vacations: Therapist vacation periods will be advised well in advance (usually 3 weeks over Christmas/New Years) and 2-3 weeks during the year. You will not be charged during these periods. It is expected that you provide as much notice as possible if you have Holidays at other times during the year. Coverage for longer holidays is by negotiation.

 

Confidentiality and Codes of Ethics

All therapy discussions we have, your personal details, and clinical notes are confidential. All client files are kept secure in a locked filing cabinet. To ensure my work with you remains as beneficial as possible I attend regular professional supervision with a Senior NZAP Psychotherapist. I also attend Group Supervision. If I discuss your situation with my supervisor anonymity is assured as I will not use your full name or identifying details. The only exception to maintaining confidentiality is if you were at risk of causing harm to yourself or others, 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                      $130 (60 minute session)
  • Regular Individual Therapy/Counselling           $130 (50 minute session) 
  • Skype or Phone Counselling                              $130 (60 Minute session)
  • Couple Counselling/Relationship Therapy         $160  (60 minute Couple Counselling session).
  • Negotiated Missed Sessions (not rescheduled)     $35 charge (or Full Fee if 24 hours not given)

WINZ subsidies for counselling may be available if you are a beneficiary or on a low income and meet the criteria.  Your Doctor and I will both need to sign a form. WINZ currently pay approx $60 per week to contribute to the cost of your therapy/counselling if you meet the criteria for the Disability Allowance.

  • Payment is usually by means of cash or cheque at the end of sessions. A receipt will be provided.
  • Payments can also be made by Internet Banking in advance. Bank account details will be given upon request.
  • A Reduced rate may be available to Full time Students. Please inquire. *Conditions apply. 
  • Note: All charges include GST.