Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Psychotherapy?
  2. What is Counselling?
  3. Is a psychotherapist different from a psychiatrist?
  4. What sorts of things do people come and see you about?
  5. How long is a session?
  6. What hours do you work? Where do you hold the sessions?
  7. What fees do you charge?
  8. What happens if I can’t make my appointment time?
  9. Should I come and see you if my friends are also seeing you?
  10. Will you tell anyone what we’ve talked about?
  11. What is Imago?
What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is generally longer term than counselling and is a way of working more deeply with people who have emotional problems or difficulties that seem to have been around for a long time.

Psychotherapy is likely to focus on deeper levels of thoughts, feelings and behaviours and address unconscious motivations and processes.

A therapeutic relationship with a psychotherapist enables a person to work through issues from their past, and change repetitive patterns of behaviour that may be having negative impacts on their life.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a process in which you can discuss problems that happen in every day life that cause you emotional distress or to feel overwhelmed.

Counselling will help you identify what your problem is, and will assist you in finding the best way to cope, for example: changing behaviours or finding constructive ways to deal with situations such as conflicts in relationships, work issues, career decisions, or illness.

The counsellor helps people to process their experience and then make the desired changes that will help in resolving particular issues.

Is a psychotherapist different from a psychiatrist?

Yes. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication to help manage symptoms, while psychotherapists work with you to resolve the underlying issues causing you pain and anxiety.

What sorts of things do people come and see you about?

People come with all kinds of issues and concerns. They are often looking for ways to feel better about themselves, their lives, and their relationships. Some of these issues include:

  • low self esteem
  • relationship difficulties
  • work stress
  • anxiety
  • loss and grief
  • trauma
  • depression
How long is a session?

Each session typically lasts 50 minutes.

What hours do you work? Where do you hold the sessions?

Monday mornings: it’s possible we could arrange sessions in Kāpiti.

Tuesday mornings: remote sessions using Zoom or similar apps.

Wednesdays and Thursdays: sessions in Wellington City between 9am and 4 pm. My office is in the centre of Wellington city, adjacent to Lambton Quay.

What fees do you charge?

These are available on request, with some room for negotiation (depending on circumstance).

What happens if I can’t make my appointment time?

If appointments are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice charges may be applied.

Should I come and see you if my friends are also seeing you?

This really depends on your relationship with your friend and how close you are. It will be an important thing to discuss with me before making an appointment.

Will you tell anyone what we’ve talked about?

I am bound by ethics of confidentiality and keep all conversations with my clients confidential unless I am concerned about their safety or the safety of others. I also, along with all other psychotherapists, use a professional supervisor to discuss cases occasionally.

What is Imago?

The concept of Imago refers to a set of ideas, pioneered by Dr Harville Hendrix, that seeks to help us understand our own relationship needs and dynamics. It also refers to the various skills and practices developed for couples to use to enhance the depth and quality of their relationship