INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
For most people reaching out to a therapist is one of the scariest but bravest thing they'll ever do. In my experience though, it is one of the best decisions you will make for yourself in your life. Setting the appointment and entering the door can be really daunting. Know that this is a space filled with possibility to reflect, regain strength, revisit choices, and explore where to next, in order to live a better life. I invite you to find your best hope for us working together. You don't have to be alone with whatever you're facing.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS
Sessions are usually 50-55 minutes unless we have arranged otherwise. Under most circumstances, I meet with people weekly. During each session, we reflect on lessons learnt and insight gained. Sessions are meant to be easy and the easier they are, the more effective. We will balance talking with pausing for moments, to fully connect with the experience as it shows up in a variety of ways, and to allow space and time for processing.
Online counseling sessions are now a much more familiar platform, and is therefore a convenient back up for clients who have difficulty making it to in-person sessions, are out of town, or unavailable to come to the office. More so, I am available for clients who want to work with me and are not local.
A NOTE ON CONFIDENTIALITY
All the information that shared between you and me are treated as confidential and may not be disclosed without the written consent of the client. This however can be breached in exceptional circumstances, which I will explain during the first session.
SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN: OVERVIEW OF SESSIONS
a) First session with parents alone
We will start off with a session with you as the parent/ caregiver to gain a sense of the developmental history and context of the child and whanau. I will ask you a number of questions about your child’s developmental history, symptoms, difficulties and strengths, family system, relationships and so forth. It is also valuable to phone/ involve other professionals, such as your GP, the teacher or other significant adults in your child’s life to obtain additional information. I will only do so with your consent.
b) A play-based assessment phase with the child follows, which is focused on building relationship and gaining trust with your child. After this evaluation phase we decide on a future plan of action.
c) Children need to go through various stages of the play therapy process. Weekly sessions of 30 - 40 minutes work best. Continuous feedback to parents happens after about every 3rd or 4th session, sometimes more.
COST of THERAPY (Private clients)
Individual therapy S161 (GST incl); Relationship counselling ($230) & Kids 40 min ($120)