I am experienced in the assessment and treatment of a range of psychological problems with infants, children, adolescents, adults and families. I incorporate a number of evidence-based therapy models into my practice. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Play-based therapies, Positive Parenting strategies, and Mindfulness. I can work across contexts when appropriate (e.g. home, school and community) to provide a more accurate assessment and relevant interventions.
Child and adolescent behaviour problems: Including non-compliance / defiance, aggression, emotional dysregulation, feeding, sleeping and toileting issues
Parenting and family relationships: Parent-child relationships, attachment difficulties, parenting programmes, family counselling and conflict resolution
Developmental / learning concerns: Developmental, cognitive (intellectual) and educational assessments.
Anxiety and mood problems: General anxiety, specific fears/phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, depression, emotional dysregulation.
Abuse and trauma: Counselling and therapy for children, adolescents and adults who have experienced abuse or trauma, post-traumatic stress and growth. I am registered as an approved therapist for ACC sensitive claims.
Specialist report writing: Specialist reports for the Family and Criminal Courts, and Oranga Tamariki, including parenting / family assessments, cognitive/intellectual testing.
In my practice, I strive to provide individualised, warm, helpful and professional services to my clients. By using assessments, interventions and strategies that research has proven to be effective, I ensure that the service I deliver fits with my client's particular needs, circumstances and preferences.
Fees for private paying clients are as follows: Initial consultation $160 (including GST) Standard hourly rate $140 (including GST)
Travel (for outside of the immediate Greymouth area) is usually charged at half the standard hourly rate ($70 per hour, including GST).
I endeavour to keep my services as affordable as possible. Costs may vary depending on the service and in some circumstances clients may be eligible for funding or a 'package' discount (e.g. for cognitive/educational assessments). I am usually able to give you a general indication of costs for services following the initial consultation.
Payment for an initial consultation is expected prior to or at the time of consultation (cash or via internet banking). Ongoing services are then invoiced regularly. For larger packages of work (e.g. cognitive assessments) I usually ask for 25% of the full cost to be paid before commencing assessment.
Please note that a late cancellation fee of half the hourly rate will usually apply for missed appointments with less than 12 hours' notice.