Stepping into the therapy room takes courage and a willingness to be vulnerable. This is the first step in working towards things being different.
I offer 50-60 minute sessions at Winslow House in Lower Hutt on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sessions start at 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:15pm, or 3:30pm. I try to offer the same time each week or fortnight.
Sessions are $207 for private clients ($180 +GST). An invoice with the bank details will be emailed following each session and I request that payments are made within 24hrs of each session.
There is a 50% cancellation fee where less than 24hrs notice is provided and the full rate applies for missed appointments. Preferably 48hrs notice is given so I can offer this time to someone else.
As a clinical psychologist, the basis of our work is talk therapy. I take notes and am happy to provide copies of the work we do. I also use metaphor, a variety of exercises, and may suggest ‘between session practice’, as these can contribute to the change you’re after.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
I’m really drawn to the principles and practices of ACT as it helps clients become aware of and accept their emotions and thoughts without struggling against them. This then provides space to focus on and commit to actions based on their values and what they decide is important. I also really value the use of metaphor in ACT.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
I use CBT to help clients make sense of and understand the patterns related to their thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and behaviours. CBT is a highly effective therapy and can help to break down patterns of avoidance, understand the impact of thoughts, and lead to trying new behaviours, which can make a huge difference.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
I have seen some amazing shifts with EMDR. This theory suggests that different beliefs were formed out of past experiences/trauma. I work with clients to process these memories so they are able to talk about their experiences without the level of disturbance previously felt. We also work on preparing for how they’d like things to be in the future.
Sessions are confidential and information will only be shared with client permission, in supervision, or if there are concerns regarding harm. Where appropriate, we may agree for me to update your GP when engaging in therapy.
I work in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act (2019), the Health Information Privacy Code (2020), the Privacy Act (2020), the Children’s Act (2014) and the Code of Ethics for Psychologists Working in Aotearoa/New Zealand (2002). Client information is stored securely using PowerDiary, who comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as HIPAA and PIPEDA, as shown on their website (powerdiary.com/security).
I work in (but am not limited to) these areas: Abuse, ACC Sensitive Claims, anger management, anxiety, body related issues, depression, eating related issues, grief and bereavement, health anxiety, identity and gender difficulties, life transition & adjustment issues, OCD, phobias, PTSD, difficulties with voices, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, sexual abuse, trauma, and work stress.