Frequently Asked Questions

How many sessions will it take?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on a number of factors including the complexity of the issue, whether this is a single issue or a situation needing ongoing support.  However I usually ask people to agree to 4 – 6 sessions and then we’ll talk about whether you’ve achieved what you needed or if there’s more you’d like to cover.

What does it cost?
I charge $120 for individual, couple and supervision sessions and $150 for family sessions. However you may be able to access some of the session fee from WINZ – to check this out talk to your GP first. I also work for Vitae, an employee assistance provider.

What happens in a session?
We will talk about what you want to achieve, your view of the problem and how it’s affecting you, possible solutions or options and identify useful strengths and resources.

How do I know if you’re the therapist I need?
We can figure that out together when you phone or email.  If I’m not able to help you I will be able to suggest other therapists.

How do I know if I need counselling?
See a counsellor if an issue is interrupting your life or relationships or is affecting your sleeping, eating or usual activities. Also you or your family or friends may have noticed that your mood has changed in some way.

What sorts of issues do teenagers get help for?
Teenagers often come to counselling for help with anger, depression, anxiety or worries, bullying, self harm, school issues, porn, coping with relationships or break ups, grief and loss, goal setting and decision-making.

How can men benefit from counselling?
Men often seek help regarding relationships – recovering from break-ups, communicating more effectively with partners, children and others, also work stress, depression, anger, anxiety and parenting issues.

What do women come to counselling for?
Women come to counseling for help with life and relationship changes – partners, children, work, also depression, anxiety, grief, anger, recovery from abuse or rebuilding confidence and strength.

Why do families come for counselling?
Families might want help with appropriate family rules and expectations, fair discipline and consequences, dealing with anger, adjusting to teenagers, managing tricky or strong-willed kids, developing a healthy repartnered family or better communication.