How to book a consultation
Referrals can be self-referrals from adult individuals (18 plus) or formal referrals from other agencies or professionals (e.g., GPs). Additionally, a free and confidential discussion of your circumstances is invited before booking an appointment, to determine if the difficulty you're experiencing is something this service can assist with.
Clinical psychology is the practice of assessment and therapy that is informed by clinical training and experience, as well as current research about what best helps people with difficulties that they may experience over their lifespan. These often include concerns about anxiety, mood, and stress, health related concerns (e.g., gastrointestinal problems, chronic pain or chronic fatigue), alcohol and other substance use or loss of control of other behaviours (i.e., gambling, eating, sex). Other common concerns are to do with relationships, intimacy, or sexuality. Assessment and therapy appointments involve sitting down to talk in a quiet and private setting.
Consultations are self-funded. Please check with your insurance provider to find out whether they can cover the cost of appointments for you. We are not able to take any ACC referrals at this time unfortunately.
Assessment involves getting to know more about you and the reasons you are requesting assistance. This stage may take one or several appointments depending on the complexity of your concerns, and involves a 'bio-psycho-social' approach meaning that a broad consideration is given to you and your experiences. This can include biological factors, early adverse experiences or trauma, medication use, alcohol and other substance use, health conditions, nutritional and lifestyle impacts, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural experiences, social and relationship contributions, and religious/spiritual and cultural considerations. At the end of assessment some kind of feedback is provided and a suggested approach for targeting your concerns including how many sessions may be required and what would be involved.
Psychological therapy is an active and joint process that occurs in a strong working relationship bound by confidentiality. There are different therapeutic philosophies and approaches to therapy used by psychologists (as well as different types of therapists, such as psychotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors or coaches) and it's important to find the approach and therapist that suits you and your concerns best. Therapy may involve only one or two sessions or can involve more (e.g., 6-12) depending on the concern you have come along for. The main therapy approach I use is a mindfulness-based approach, which focuses on interacting slightly differently with unwanted psychological experiences (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations) so they impact less on your everyday functioning. This is an approach I have found incredibly useful with a wide variety of client concerns and is backed up by sound empirical evidence. I can draw on other therapy tools as indicated by the type of concern you are having. I also take an integrative approach in terms of my understanding of how nutritional and environmental influences can cause or exacerbate certain concerns like anxiety, stress, fatigue, and low mood.