Therapists in Bay of Plenty

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Photo of Katrina Townsend, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Katrina Townsend
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
I have experience working with children (background in childcare) teenagers and adults. My approach is based on creating a safe space to build a trusting relationship in which to work together to address anything you wish to resolve.
I have experience working with children (background in childcare) teenagers and adults. My approach is based on creating a safe space to build a trusting relationship in which to work together to address anything you wish to resolve.
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Penny Jayne Farry
Counsellor
Verified Verified
I understand the value of needing a space that provides the freedom to say how it is and receive validation of what that person is experiencing. Working from a strength-based solution-focused approach, it is my hope to bring this privacy of thought into a therapeutic context to unravel and explore truth and feeling. I want each client that walks into my room to experience a relaxed atmosphere where they can be real. While we all understand that help begins with ourselves, stepping into a counselling room is that very thing that will bring about that very process. My statement when asked how can counselling help, my reply would b
I understand the value of needing a space that provides the freedom to say how it is and receive validation of what that person is experiencing. Working from a strength-based solution-focused approach, it is my hope to bring this privacy of thought into a therapeutic context to unravel and explore truth and feeling. I want each client that walks into my room to experience a relaxed atmosphere where they can be real. While we all understand that help begins with ourselves, stepping into a counselling room is that very thing that will bring about that very process. My statement when asked how can counselling help, my reply would b
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He Tohu Counselling & Supervision
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Rotorua 3010
Nau mai, haere mai, pupuritia te manawa ora o nga mea katoa, hei painga mo tou oranga. Kia tipu, kia rea, kia puawai tou Ao. Providing private and confidential Counselling for all. Clinical & Cultural Supervision Facilitation, Mediation, Management & Teambuilding support. Employee Assisted Program, (EAP) ACC Reg. (ISSC). Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Relationship Counselling, Grief & Loss, Palliative Care, Whakamōmori, Whakamā, Anxiety & Stress, Self Harm, Family Violence. Face to face or online zoom sessions available.
Nau mai, haere mai, pupuritia te manawa ora o nga mea katoa, hei painga mo tou oranga. Kia tipu, kia rea, kia puawai tou Ao. Providing private and confidential Counselling for all. Clinical & Cultural Supervision Facilitation, Mediation, Management & Teambuilding support. Employee Assisted Program, (EAP) ACC Reg. (ISSC). Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Relationship Counselling, Grief & Loss, Palliative Care, Whakamōmori, Whakamā, Anxiety & Stress, Self Harm, Family Violence. Face to face or online zoom sessions available.
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Sally Davis
Psychologist, MNZCCP
Verified Verified
Whether you are feeling flat in mood, experience symptoms of anxiety or wanting assistance to adjust to a new situation, environment, relationship or similar I can provide the space and skills to help you on your way. You may find in relationship with others that patterns of interacting, feeling or thinking keep arising. Cycles that you don't like or struggle to get beyond. Relationship work is a passion of mine. You may want some professional supervision to provide a space for you to offload your work stories and areas of yourself or others that you wish to better understand and work alongside. I can provide that space.
Whether you are feeling flat in mood, experience symptoms of anxiety or wanting assistance to adjust to a new situation, environment, relationship or similar I can provide the space and skills to help you on your way. You may find in relationship with others that patterns of interacting, feeling or thinking keep arising. Cycles that you don't like or struggle to get beyond. Relationship work is a passion of mine. You may want some professional supervision to provide a space for you to offload your work stories and areas of yourself or others that you wish to better understand and work alongside. I can provide that space.
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Rhea Louise Lynch
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
I am an NZAC registered counsellor working face to face in Whakatane but also online. I work with traditional talk therapy and also draw upon creative therapies, sandtray and play therapy. I have experience working with a range of ages and client needs including young people
I am an NZAC registered counsellor working face to face in Whakatane but also online. I work with traditional talk therapy and also draw upon creative therapies, sandtray and play therapy. I have experience working with a range of ages and client needs including young people
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Photo of undefined - Megan Carter, Ocean Psy Clinical Psychology , MPsych, Psychologist
Megan Carter, Ocean Psy Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110  (Online Only)
It takes a lot of courage to reach out to a person you don’t know to work through challenges. I will meet you with compassion, for you, and hold space for your human experiences. We will build safety and trust together as we seek to acknowledge, understand, heal, and integrate what you have been through. I am passionate about supporting the diverse humans I work with to build resilience, cope, and process their experiences. I support my clients to live a life where their minds are a bit kinder to them.
It takes a lot of courage to reach out to a person you don’t know to work through challenges. I will meet you with compassion, for you, and hold space for your human experiences. We will build safety and trust together as we seek to acknowledge, understand, heal, and integrate what you have been through. I am passionate about supporting the diverse humans I work with to build resilience, cope, and process their experiences. I support my clients to live a life where their minds are a bit kinder to them.
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Chrysalis Infant - Child - Family Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, PBANZ
Verified Verified
My name is Geraldine Hughes. I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. I specialise in supporting infants, children and young people and their whanau where there is a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Through carefully understanding these difficulties, day to day functioning improves. I also specialise in supporting parents who experience their child as demanding or clingy, to shift focus from behaviour management to enhancing the quality of relationship.
My name is Geraldine Hughes. I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. I specialise in supporting infants, children and young people and their whanau where there is a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Through carefully understanding these difficulties, day to day functioning improves. I also specialise in supporting parents who experience their child as demanding or clingy, to shift focus from behaviour management to enhancing the quality of relationship.
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Photo of Diana Woodward., NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Diana Woodward.
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Counselling can increase self-awareness and help identify, address, and find ways of coping with the challenges that occur in life. Holistic counselling includes a person's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Holism is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, and spirit. I work with teens and adults and believe given the right environment and support, we all possess the capacity for self-healing and growth. I also use research-based interventions to reduce anxiety, improve mood, process trauma, and improve relationships.
Counselling can increase self-awareness and help identify, address, and find ways of coping with the challenges that occur in life. Holistic counselling includes a person's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Holism is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, and spirit. I work with teens and adults and believe given the right environment and support, we all possess the capacity for self-healing and growth. I also use research-based interventions to reduce anxiety, improve mood, process trauma, and improve relationships.
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Rosemary A White
Counsellor, MNZCCA
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Hi there - my background includes working as a Registered Nurse for 6 years, and then as an Independant Midwife for 10 years. I paused to raise and home-educate my 4 children (all adults now, and I'm now enjoying being a Grandma. I then retrained to gain a Batchelor in Counselling 12 years ago and have really enjoyed for the past 12 years working with children through to the elderly. I can see you face to face, or via zoom. I work in a number of different modalities to suit your needs. I work with all ethnicities.
Hi there - my background includes working as a Registered Nurse for 6 years, and then as an Independant Midwife for 10 years. I paused to raise and home-educate my 4 children (all adults now, and I'm now enjoying being a Grandma. I then retrained to gain a Batchelor in Counselling 12 years ago and have really enjoyed for the past 12 years working with children through to the elderly. I can see you face to face, or via zoom. I work in a number of different modalities to suit your needs. I work with all ethnicities.
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Photo of Rebecca Gouldhurst, MA, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Rebecca Gouldhurst
Counsellor, MA, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Welcome to the world of Counselling, I provide holistic health care and guidance, having trained in Naturopathy, Counselling, and Gestalt Psychotherpay. With over 25 years’ experience. I welcome people of all cultures, gender and religions. My approach is collaborative, practical and intuitive, drawing on a range of modalities, personalised for your needs. I offer a safe and confidential space, providing support, so you can share what is truly going on for you and unburden yourself, to then find new ways to live your life. For many people Counselling is not a easy choice but taking your first steps, can be a huge relief.
Welcome to the world of Counselling, I provide holistic health care and guidance, having trained in Naturopathy, Counselling, and Gestalt Psychotherpay. With over 25 years’ experience. I welcome people of all cultures, gender and religions. My approach is collaborative, practical and intuitive, drawing on a range of modalities, personalised for your needs. I offer a safe and confidential space, providing support, so you can share what is truly going on for you and unburden yourself, to then find new ways to live your life. For many people Counselling is not a easy choice but taking your first steps, can be a huge relief.
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The Barefoot Counselling Co
Counsellor, NZCCA
Verified Verified
I was born in South Africa but have lived in New Zealand most of my life. I have had many life experiences such as volunteering in the NZ Fire Service (11 years) and travelling and volunteering in Africa. My passion for counselling grew as I spent time with people in my various experiences and travels, and discovered my desire for better skills to more effectively listen and help people navigate through their shared life experiences with me. I consider it a deep privilege to share a welcoming, safe, and honoring space with a person who chooses to share their footsteps with me. I am also a faith based counselling service (Christian).
I was born in South Africa but have lived in New Zealand most of my life. I have had many life experiences such as volunteering in the NZ Fire Service (11 years) and travelling and volunteering in Africa. My passion for counselling grew as I spent time with people in my various experiences and travels, and discovered my desire for better skills to more effectively listen and help people navigate through their shared life experiences with me. I consider it a deep privilege to share a welcoming, safe, and honoring space with a person who chooses to share their footsteps with me. I am also a faith based counselling service (Christian).
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Photo of Kathryn Taylor, MCouns, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Kathryn Taylor
Counsellor, MCouns, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Do you need someone safe, empathetic and genuine to speak with? Someone who is not in your usual circle, so can offer a different outlook on problems? Someone who understands life is not easy and has many challenges along the way? I enjoy working with people who have either long term or short term challenges or goals, working towards a better understanding of themselves. Perhaps life has got you down, and you are not sure where to start in your journey of reclaiming life. That is when you may find a counsellor is someone to help you through these challenges - to support you, be honest with, and to help you reach your goals.
Do you need someone safe, empathetic and genuine to speak with? Someone who is not in your usual circle, so can offer a different outlook on problems? Someone who understands life is not easy and has many challenges along the way? I enjoy working with people who have either long term or short term challenges or goals, working towards a better understanding of themselves. Perhaps life has got you down, and you are not sure where to start in your journey of reclaiming life. That is when you may find a counsellor is someone to help you through these challenges - to support you, be honest with, and to help you reach your goals.
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Photo of undefined - CKC Counsellor Kristen Cook, MCouns, MNZAC, Counsellor
CKC Counsellor Kristen Cook
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Kristen offers a warm friendly environment to explore challenges or issues and acknowledge your strengths. She supports children, youth and adults (all gender preferences welcome). In conversations, you will discuss practical tools you can use in everyday life and how you can move closer to your preferred ways of being. You will develop insight and anchor skills to work through life's ‘curve balls’.
Kristen offers a warm friendly environment to explore challenges or issues and acknowledge your strengths. She supports children, youth and adults (all gender preferences welcome). In conversations, you will discuss practical tools you can use in everyday life and how you can move closer to your preferred ways of being. You will develop insight and anchor skills to work through life's ‘curve balls’.
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Alana Hawke | Psychotherapy
Verified Verified
I help people rediscover their strengths, passions and purpose and find meaning, joy and happiness in their lives. Most of us experience a moment in our lives where we stop and take stock. This may come as a result of a big shock, the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job or some other trauma that shakes us to our very core. Or it may just be a gnawing sense that there is something more to life than what you are currently experiencing. These big shocks or subtle gnawings can start to erode our sense of happiness and fulfilment. We may experience depression, sadness, a sense of isolation, confusion or feel deeply overwhelmed.
I help people rediscover their strengths, passions and purpose and find meaning, joy and happiness in their lives. Most of us experience a moment in our lives where we stop and take stock. This may come as a result of a big shock, the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job or some other trauma that shakes us to our very core. Or it may just be a gnawing sense that there is something more to life than what you are currently experiencing. These big shocks or subtle gnawings can start to erode our sense of happiness and fulfilment. We may experience depression, sadness, a sense of isolation, confusion or feel deeply overwhelmed.
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Photo of Chris Fahy, Counsellor
Chris Fahy
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Men's Issues. Addictions and compulsions. Substance abuse, pornography, excessive anger. I like working with men ready to confront destructive self-defeating behaviors, who are challenged by addiction and other mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, anti-social behavior, anger, and PTSD. A person will respond emotionally once the mind gives meaning to the stimulus. I explain the reaction sequence and how it leads to the authorizing thought. This perpetuates the pattern of damaging behaviour.
Men's Issues. Addictions and compulsions. Substance abuse, pornography, excessive anger. I like working with men ready to confront destructive self-defeating behaviors, who are challenged by addiction and other mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, anti-social behavior, anger, and PTSD. A person will respond emotionally once the mind gives meaning to the stimulus. I explain the reaction sequence and how it leads to the authorizing thought. This perpetuates the pattern of damaging behaviour.
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Bindiya Patel
Verified Verified
Kia Ora and Namaste, My name is Bindiya and I am passionate about my work and helping others. I have experience in working with alcohol and other drugs issues, behavioural addiction such as gambling, sex, pornography, mental health issues and Trauma counselling. I speak Gujarati, Hindi, English and understand Punjabi. I practice spirituality, daily worship, meditation and yoga.
Kia Ora and Namaste, My name is Bindiya and I am passionate about my work and helping others. I have experience in working with alcohol and other drugs issues, behavioural addiction such as gambling, sex, pornography, mental health issues and Trauma counselling. I speak Gujarati, Hindi, English and understand Punjabi. I practice spirituality, daily worship, meditation and yoga.
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Photo of Rachel Hamilton, MNZAC, Counsellor
Rachel Hamilton
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
We all experience times in life when things are just too much and feel too hard to deal with on our own. It can be hard to talk to friends and family as often there can be an agenda. Counselling is a space where you can be you, without any judgement, and I believe the hard times in life teach us the most. Counselling is my passion and I enjoy giving people the opportunity to have a space to look at issues without being judged. I believe many people have not had the opportunity to really experience being listened to, this can enable you to create great changes in your life.
We all experience times in life when things are just too much and feel too hard to deal with on our own. It can be hard to talk to friends and family as often there can be an agenda. Counselling is a space where you can be you, without any judgement, and I believe the hard times in life teach us the most. Counselling is my passion and I enjoy giving people the opportunity to have a space to look at issues without being judged. I believe many people have not had the opportunity to really experience being listened to, this can enable you to create great changes in your life.
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Photo of undefined - Mel @ Tree of Life Counselling, MCouns, MNZAC, Counsellor
Mel @ Tree of Life Counselling
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110  (Online Only)
Those who know me would describe me a counsellor who is empathetic, and caring and as someone who has a passion for seeing people overcome obstacles and be their best selves. In my practice, I use several counselling methods including CBT/DBT, Narrative, Solution Focused Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I always ensure I tailor my approach to suit my clients and their needs. I have experience working with many kinds of issues and challenges. I love working with teens, adults, and couples.
Those who know me would describe me a counsellor who is empathetic, and caring and as someone who has a passion for seeing people overcome obstacles and be their best selves. In my practice, I use several counselling methods including CBT/DBT, Narrative, Solution Focused Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I always ensure I tailor my approach to suit my clients and their needs. I have experience working with many kinds of issues and challenges. I love working with teens, adults, and couples.
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Amber Takhar-Stapleton
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Papamoa 3118  (Online Only)
Amber is a member of the New Zealand Psychologist Board. She values an open and nonjudgemental therapy space, to ensure her clients feel supported. Amber is a warm and passionate Psychologist which comes through in her therapeutic approach, and she has experience working with a range of presentations across all age groups from children through to adults. Amber is currently approved by the New Zealand Psychology Board to provide comprehensive Cognitive, Educational and Neurodevelopmental assessments and provide diagnoses. Amber has completed comprehensive training to provide Eating Disorder based therapy.
Amber is a member of the New Zealand Psychologist Board. She values an open and nonjudgemental therapy space, to ensure her clients feel supported. Amber is a warm and passionate Psychologist which comes through in her therapeutic approach, and she has experience working with a range of presentations across all age groups from children through to adults. Amber is currently approved by the New Zealand Psychology Board to provide comprehensive Cognitive, Educational and Neurodevelopmental assessments and provide diagnoses. Amber has completed comprehensive training to provide Eating Disorder based therapy.
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Dr. Josette Wulffaert
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Papamoa 3118
Kia ora, therapy can be your healing journey. Approaching a therapist, let alone starting therapy, is a brave thing to do. I aim to empower people through building a strong therapeutic relationship and working from an individualised treatment plan, catered to your needs, wishes, and background. For this, I use an integrated therapeutic approach: I am extensively trained in EMDR, ACT, DBT, MBT, and CBT. I have over 18 years of experience as a clinical psychologist both in public and private sectors. I support people 16 years and older. I invite you to have a look at my website to get more information on what work we can do together.
Kia ora, therapy can be your healing journey. Approaching a therapist, let alone starting therapy, is a brave thing to do. I aim to empower people through building a strong therapeutic relationship and working from an individualised treatment plan, catered to your needs, wishes, and background. For this, I use an integrated therapeutic approach: I am extensively trained in EMDR, ACT, DBT, MBT, and CBT. I have over 18 years of experience as a clinical psychologist both in public and private sectors. I support people 16 years and older. I invite you to have a look at my website to get more information on what work we can do together.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Bay of Plenty who prioritize treating:

82% Anxiety
74% Depression
72% Self Esteem
66% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress
65% Relationship Issues
58% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Southern Cross
50% Sovereign Health
50% AIA

How Counsellors in Bay of Plenty see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bay of Plenty?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Psychologists listed in the directory are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act). To be listed in the directory, psychotherapists must be registered through the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand. Counsellors listed in the directory should have a minimum training of NZQF 6 or higher, and many are registered with a professional body, such as the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for counsellors in New Zealand, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists  can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and supervised, practical experience that enable them to do so in New Zealand.

Psychologists possess a minimum of a master's degree in Psychology and are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Psychotherapists typically hold the equivalent of a Master's or Doctorate Degree in Psychotherapy, depending on their programme of study. Many psychotherapists have themselves undergone psychotherapy as part of their training. In order to be a member of NZAC, Counsellors must have a bachelor's or master's degree in Counselling and complete ongoing professional development and education.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, the cost of a therapy session in New Zealand could be between $100 and $200. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. To access these services you will need to be assessed and referred by your GP or family doctor. However, you will have limited choice regarding the specialist and the length of treatment that will be assigned to you. In addition, Community Mental Health and Addiction services are also available through your local District Health Board (DHB).

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Professionals registered with the Boards and/or who are members of professional organisations are obligated to uphold client confidentiality unless there is a legal reason that requires them to disclose information. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others, or a court order, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.