In most cases we start with an initial consultation which is 60-90 minutes. If your presenting concerns are about your child or children, or other aspects of relationship or family dynamics, this first session is usually an 'adults-only' session. This is so that we can talk freely and comprehensively about your concerns and relevant background information without the children or young people present. Sometimes it can be appropriate to involve the children or adolescents at the initial session, but this is decided on a case-by-case basis.
At the end of the initial appointment we will agree on a plan together about where to next. Exactly what this plan looks like will depend on your particular circumstances, needs and preferences. It could involve any or all of the following: - Observations at home or school - Consultation with other family members, friends or professionals involved - Child/adolescent interview or assessment session(s) - Psychometric testing
Once assessment is completed, I would usually meet with you again for a feedback session where we go through the results of any testing and agree on a working formulation. "Formulation" in this context refers to a joint understanding of the presenting issues - the 'why' or 'how' of the problem. The formulation will inform our plan for treatment or intervention. Intervention may include: - A block of therapy (e.g. 4-6 sessions then review). This could be individual, parents-only, whole family, or a mixture of these. - Liaison / consultation with early childhood centres or schools to help with learning or behavioural supports there. - Parenting support within the home. - Recommendations or onward referrals for other appropriate services if necessary.
- Initial consultation (around 1 hour): $225 - Standard rate: $180 per hour (most sessions are kept at 60 minutes, but sometimes it is appropriate to schedule longer e.g. 90 minutes for family sessions, or shorter e.g. 30 minutes for a follow-up session). - A written report can be provided upon request for an additional charge. - Travel: In some circumstances I may be able to travel to you, but this will need to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Travel (outside of central Blenheim) will usually be charged at standard IRD rate per kilometre (currently 82c per km) + $60 per hour for travel time. All prices are inclusive of GST.
You may be eligible for funded or partially funded services in some circumstances, e.g. ACC (Sensitive Claims), health insurance, Work and Income NZ, or other. Please discuss with me if you are unsure of your options.
Payment by bank transfer or cash is preferred on the day of (or prior to) your session.
Please give a minimum of 24 hours' notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Due to high demand for services, you may unfortunately be charged a half fee for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice or for failure to attend a booked session.