The cost for a face-to-face individual counselling session is $100 – $150 GST Inc per 60 minute session and couple work is $150 GST Inc per 60 minute session. You are welcome to pay by cash, internet bank transfer, or cheque. Payment is expected at the end of each session unless prior arrangements have been made. If payment is a preventative issue please let me know. I have a lower payment structure for people on limited income or who find full payment difficult.
First sessions for couples often takes longer than an hour and 1 & 1/2 to 2 hrs is the norm. Sessions are often structured to end when you feel you have achieved the objectives of the visit.
Client’s rights to give or withhold consent for use of disclosures:
It is normal practice in counselling for notes to be taken and discussed with a supervisor in order for the work to be monitored so that the best possible service can be provided. I will undergo supervision without mentioning your name and in a way that protects your privacy. I will report back to you any thoughts or suggestions I receive from others that may be of use to you.
I would like you to understand that anything I write down or record from my conversations with you is your property as well as mine. You have a right to be allowed access to my written notes about what was discussed with you. I will not release any information to anyone without a written authorization from you, except as provided for by law. If you have concerns about confidentiality or wish to put a limit on the forms of external supervisory discussions, please discuss this with me.
Notice of change or cancellation of appointment is necessary and appreciated. Your time slot is reserved exclusively for you so please arrive promptly to obtain your full session. If you are unable to attend an appointment a 24-hour cancellation notice is required. If you must cancel or reschedule due to an emergency, please notify me as soon as possible.
If you are not comfortable with my service for any reason you can contact me so that we can discuss the matter together. If this is not an option, you may write to: The Secretary, New Zealand Association of Counsellors, PO Box 165 Hamilton.