1. What difficulties do you treat?

I treat a range of problems from everyday stress, sleep problems and mood and anxiety difficulties. My particular areas of strength and interest are adult ADHD and also coping with adjustment to major life events such as ill health, parenting and postnatal adjustment, grief and loss.

2. What can I expect from Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a very effective therapy, involving talking about your thoughts and feelings and how these relate to the way we humans behave. It is often the treatment of choice for dealing with challenges such as anxiety, sleep and mood problems. It is time-limited which means treatment is usually completed in 6-10 session (longer if we are tackling some longer term problems) and we will check regularly to see if you are happy with the progress you are making. CBT can be quite structured, which means we both set the agenda for the session and homework will be given regularly. This may be in the form of written diaries or trying certain behaviours (such as gradually facing a fear). This homework between sessions is crucial to CBT as it predicts how effective therapy will be. CBT is quite collaborative so it helps to have an idea of what you would like to discuss, when you come to each session.

3. What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT is a relatively new therapy based on the science of language and behaviour. ACT is quite different from CBT as it teaches us not to try and control our thoughts feelings and behaviours but instead to notice them (‘letting go’). The key message behind ACT is the belief that human suffering comes from avoidance (avoiding certain thoughts or feelings) and that we often end up feeling worse when we spend a lot of time and energy on avoidance. ACT is also based on the philosophy that it is normal in life to experience negative events and to feel bad about these events (the Acceptance part). It then teaches up ways of moving forward in life despite these negative events and negative emotions (the Commitment part). While ACT is a relatively new therapy, there are promising results already in many areas that I tend to work in (ADHD, cancer, chronic health, insomnia, anxiety, mood, stress, grief).

4. Can we discuss my needs beforehand?

Absolutely. It is a good idea to work out before whether I will be be the best person to assist you.

5. What if I need to see someone urgently?

I will do my best to return phone calls, messages and emails as soon as possible. However, I cannot offer an acute or urgent service (I work part-time). The best option if you feel overwhelmed or in need of urgent support is to contact your GP or Psychiatric Emergency Services. PES are available 24 hours, 7 days a week at 0800 920 092 or 03 364 0640.

6. What are your payment requirements?

I ask that payment be made by direct credit following your receipt of an invoice or at the time of your appointment. Please note, we have credit card payment facilities but we do not have eft-pos available at this point.

7. What’s your cancellation policy?

Please let me know if you need to cancel an appointment. It would be very helpful if you could give me at least 24 hours notice. Otherwise  full payment will need to be made for your missed session.