Therapists in Omanawa

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Dr. Sarah Miers
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Omanawa 3171
Waitlist for new clients
I'm a Clinical Psychologist registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and a full member of the New Zealand Psychological Society. I specialise in supporting young people and adults experiencing difficulties to grow in understanding of themselves and improve their daily functioning. I enjoy helping people foster self-compassion and gain skills to draw on in challenging times to move closer to the life they want for themselves.
I'm a Clinical Psychologist registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and a full member of the New Zealand Psychological Society. I specialise in supporting young people and adults experiencing difficulties to grow in understanding of themselves and improve their daily functioning. I enjoy helping people foster self-compassion and gain skills to draw on in challenging times to move closer to the life they want for themselves.
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Photo of Mike Donovan, MCouns, MNZCCA, Counsellor
Mike Donovan
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZCCA
Verified Verified
Omanawa 3171
Hello there, Embarking on a counselling journey is a brave step, and I'm here to support you every step of the way. If you're ready to explore, heal, and grow, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you achieve your goals. As a qualified and registered counsellor, I have the privilege of working with individuals facing a range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual addiction, relationship issues, workplace issues and many other difficulties that become apparent in people’s lives.
Hello there, Embarking on a counselling journey is a brave step, and I'm here to support you every step of the way. If you're ready to explore, heal, and grow, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you achieve your goals. As a qualified and registered counsellor, I have the privilege of working with individuals facing a range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual addiction, relationship issues, workplace issues and many other difficulties that become apparent in people’s lives.
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Dawn’s Counselling Services - Anxiety, Depression,
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Omanawa 3171
Counselling can assist individuals and couples with problems they are encountering due to issues such as: Being overwhelmed, suffering from grief & loss, difficulties encountered, chronic and acute stress, work-related stress, mental, physical & sexual abuse, anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties, poor communication. I can also assist with coming to terms with issues caused by events in the past such as, childhood wounds, physical sexual and mental abuse, post traumatic stress, lack of self confidence, identity crisis, low self-esteem, withdrawal, attachment issues and fear of change. Let’s see if I can assist you. Dawn
Counselling can assist individuals and couples with problems they are encountering due to issues such as: Being overwhelmed, suffering from grief & loss, difficulties encountered, chronic and acute stress, work-related stress, mental, physical & sexual abuse, anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties, poor communication. I can also assist with coming to terms with issues caused by events in the past such as, childhood wounds, physical sexual and mental abuse, post traumatic stress, lack of self confidence, identity crisis, low self-esteem, withdrawal, attachment issues and fear of change. Let’s see if I can assist you. Dawn
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Alana Hawke | Psychotherapy
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3176
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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Aroha Counselling Services
Counsellor, MSc, NZCCA
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
I have emotionally supported hundreds of children through difficult moments for many years. Having studied in the USA, UK and NZ and worked with the children of the Christchurch Earthquakes for several years, I have been privileged to learn from and work with some very inspiring and resilient people. This knowledge was used to volunteer as crisis responder and as an in-person Youthline counsellor amongst other roles. Recently, I was employed as a Child and Adolescent Counsellor serving 13 South Otago area primary and intermediate schools. I now operate my own Private Practice in a beautiful and healing setting in Whakamarama.
I have emotionally supported hundreds of children through difficult moments for many years. Having studied in the USA, UK and NZ and worked with the children of the Christchurch Earthquakes for several years, I have been privileged to learn from and work with some very inspiring and resilient people. This knowledge was used to volunteer as crisis responder and as an in-person Youthline counsellor amongst other roles. Recently, I was employed as a Child and Adolescent Counsellor serving 13 South Otago area primary and intermediate schools. I now operate my own Private Practice in a beautiful and healing setting in Whakamarama.
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Photo of Julie Anne Bickers - Julie Bickers Counselling Services, Counsellor
Julie Bickers Counselling Services
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3112
Not accepting new clients
Julie is a New Zealand born Kiwi, a mother, and a grandmother living in the Western Bay of Plenty. She is passionate about providing affordable, accessible, culturally sensitive counselling services to everyday New Zealanders, with a particular passion for supporting those impacted in some way by addiction. Her career working in the social sector has spanned more than 25 years, and her lived experience as a survivor of domestic violence gives her a deep understanding of Aotearoa's most vulnerable populations, and the ability to engage with people from all walks of life with empathy, compassion, and cultural sensitivity.
Julie is a New Zealand born Kiwi, a mother, and a grandmother living in the Western Bay of Plenty. She is passionate about providing affordable, accessible, culturally sensitive counselling services to everyday New Zealanders, with a particular passion for supporting those impacted in some way by addiction. Her career working in the social sector has spanned more than 25 years, and her lived experience as a survivor of domestic violence gives her a deep understanding of Aotearoa's most vulnerable populations, and the ability to engage with people from all walks of life with empathy, compassion, and cultural sensitivity.
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Photo of Ben Burggraaf, MCouns, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Ben Burggraaf
Counsellor, MCouns, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Mount Maunganui 3116
You're here because you want to transform. You want to be happy and live free from fear, uncertainty, stress, anxiety and depression. You don't want to suffer anymore. You want a new way of living that is energising and fulfilling. You want to let go of what is holding you back and be your most authentic and compassionate self. It takes incredible courage to let go of the past and imagine a different future for yourself. So, who am I and how can I help?
You're here because you want to transform. You want to be happy and live free from fear, uncertainty, stress, anxiety and depression. You don't want to suffer anymore. You want a new way of living that is energising and fulfilling. You want to let go of what is holding you back and be your most authentic and compassionate self. It takes incredible courage to let go of the past and imagine a different future for yourself. So, who am I and how can I help?
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Photo of Michelle Frank - Freedom-Life Counselling, MCouns, MNZAC, Counsellor
Freedom-Life Counselling
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Mount Maunganui 3116
Kia ora and welcome, My name is Michelle and I have been blessed to be Counselling since 2010. I am passionate about people, healing and supporting people to overcome the challenges they face in life.
Kia ora and welcome, My name is Michelle and I have been blessed to be Counselling since 2010. I am passionate about people, healing and supporting people to overcome the challenges they face in life.
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Arts For Therapy - Jennie Halliday
Counsellor, AThR
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
As a clinical arts therapist (AThR) working with adolescents and adults I offer an alternative to talk therapy and counselling. When we can’t find the words to talk about our concerns, arts therapy provides an alternative pathway to discover what is troubling us. Being "good at art" is not important in arts therapy - the process is our focus not the product. For people with trauma histories our sessions will also focus on nervous system regulation and how to manage states of fight, flight, freeze and fawn. Engaging with creative processes invites presence and helps reduce nervous system dysregulation.
As a clinical arts therapist (AThR) working with adolescents and adults I offer an alternative to talk therapy and counselling. When we can’t find the words to talk about our concerns, arts therapy provides an alternative pathway to discover what is troubling us. Being "good at art" is not important in arts therapy - the process is our focus not the product. For people with trauma histories our sessions will also focus on nervous system regulation and how to manage states of fight, flight, freeze and fawn. Engaging with creative processes invites presence and helps reduce nervous system dysregulation.
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Colum Minnock
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3112
I am a skilled and compassionate therapist, experienced in working with a whole range of concerns. If there is an issue getting in the way of you living the life you want to live, or from achieving what you want to achieve, then therapy can help. I work with people both short and long term. With over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health field, I have a wide variety of experience. Before starting in private practice, I worked for many years in various mental health roles, which has given me an excellent grounding in ensuring my practice is based on the best available evidence, and is both ethical and effective.
I am a skilled and compassionate therapist, experienced in working with a whole range of concerns. If there is an issue getting in the way of you living the life you want to live, or from achieving what you want to achieve, then therapy can help. I work with people both short and long term. With over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health field, I have a wide variety of experience. Before starting in private practice, I worked for many years in various mental health roles, which has given me an excellent grounding in ensuring my practice is based on the best available evidence, and is both ethical and effective.
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Dorotka Anna Wisniewski
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3176
Are you feeling the weight of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty about where life is headed? I'm here to guide you on your self-discovery journey, helping you chart a clear path, and pinpoint those crucial next steps. If you find yourself yearning for a positive shift in your health, wellbeing, and relationships, you're not alone. In the midst of managing all areas of life, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, burned out, or even grappling with physical pain. So let's get you back on track and prioritise YOU!
Are you feeling the weight of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty about where life is headed? I'm here to guide you on your self-discovery journey, helping you chart a clear path, and pinpoint those crucial next steps. If you find yourself yearning for a positive shift in your health, wellbeing, and relationships, you're not alone. In the midst of managing all areas of life, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, burned out, or even grappling with physical pain. So let's get you back on track and prioritise YOU!
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Photo of Tanisha Hartigan-Ripp - The Global Therapy Room, MA, AThR, Counsellor
The Global Therapy Room
Counsellor, MA, AThR
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
Waitlist for new clients
On Maternity Leave: 08/04/24 until mid-August '24. Kia ora, welcome. I offer online Art Therapy, Psychotherapy and Mental Health Counselling to clients from various parts of the globe. I work Online, Phone call, Text / WhatsApp, face-to-face in Parnell (waitlist) and Walk & Talk sessions in Mt Eden, Mt Roskill and Royal Oak areas. My work uses tools and skills covering a range of psychodynamic and integrative practices; ACT, Play/Creative Therapy modalities and behavioural methods, such as DBT and CBT. I prefer to understand how clients are struggling and work adaptively to suit their needs, neuro-capabilities and personality.
On Maternity Leave: 08/04/24 until mid-August '24. Kia ora, welcome. I offer online Art Therapy, Psychotherapy and Mental Health Counselling to clients from various parts of the globe. I work Online, Phone call, Text / WhatsApp, face-to-face in Parnell (waitlist) and Walk & Talk sessions in Mt Eden, Mt Roskill and Royal Oak areas. My work uses tools and skills covering a range of psychodynamic and integrative practices; ACT, Play/Creative Therapy modalities and behavioural methods, such as DBT and CBT. I prefer to understand how clients are struggling and work adaptively to suit their needs, neuro-capabilities and personality.
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Paola @ Therapy Tides
Counsellor, MPsych, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
Kia ora, I'm Paola. In therapy, change comes in waves and cycles, like with the tides. I provide my clients a safe and professional environment to navigate those therapeutic tides in the smoothest way possible. I bring to the therapeutic process competence, clarity and clinical discernment for the client to be able to dive safely in the deep waters of personal transformation. Clients report that they experience tangible results as enhanced self-esteem and trust, reduced severity of symptoms as anxiety, depression, grief or mental confusion, and the restoring of their capacity for secure, and organized relationships, among others.
Kia ora, I'm Paola. In therapy, change comes in waves and cycles, like with the tides. I provide my clients a safe and professional environment to navigate those therapeutic tides in the smoothest way possible. I bring to the therapeutic process competence, clarity and clinical discernment for the client to be able to dive safely in the deep waters of personal transformation. Clients report that they experience tangible results as enhanced self-esteem and trust, reduced severity of symptoms as anxiety, depression, grief or mental confusion, and the restoring of their capacity for secure, and organized relationships, among others.
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Photo of Anihera Tahu-Hepworth, MNZAC, Counsellor
Anihera Tahu-Hepworth
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tauranga 3110  (Online Only)
Now ACC Registered. Tena Koutou, nau mai, haere mai. Ko Anihera Tahu-Hepworth ahau. Hello, welcome, I’m Anihera. I whakapapa back to the East Coast of the North Island and Waikaremoana in the central North Island being from Ngati Porou & Tuhoe iwi through my mother and father. Working with people from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds. Offering a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental service for people needing or wanting to gain relief from difficult life stresses and complexities. Serving teens & rangatahi, couples, individual adults, families, whanau and elders.
Now ACC Registered. Tena Koutou, nau mai, haere mai. Ko Anihera Tahu-Hepworth ahau. Hello, welcome, I’m Anihera. I whakapapa back to the East Coast of the North Island and Waikaremoana in the central North Island being from Ngati Porou & Tuhoe iwi through my mother and father. Working with people from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds. Offering a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental service for people needing or wanting to gain relief from difficult life stresses and complexities. Serving teens & rangatahi, couples, individual adults, families, whanau and elders.
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Photo of Becky Bradley, MCouns, NZAC - Provisional, Counsellor
Becky Bradley
Counsellor, MCouns, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Counsellor with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I support clients with varying issues, from anxiety, relationship difficulties and body image to eating disorders and trauma. Growing up in several different countries has given me a deep appreciation for people of diverse cultures, identities and backgrounds, and has informed my open-minded understanding and acceptance of others. With experience providing long-term, trauma-informed counselling, I offer a safe, collaborative and non-judgemental space where you can feel heard, supported and work towards your goals.
I am an experienced Counsellor with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I support clients with varying issues, from anxiety, relationship difficulties and body image to eating disorders and trauma. Growing up in several different countries has given me a deep appreciation for people of diverse cultures, identities and backgrounds, and has informed my open-minded understanding and acceptance of others. With experience providing long-term, trauma-informed counselling, I offer a safe, collaborative and non-judgemental space where you can feel heard, supported and work towards your goals.
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Photo of Sol Marques, MPsych, Psychologist
Sol Marques
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tauranga 3110
Kia ora koutou katoa. My name is Sol, I am originally from Argentina, where I earned my degree in Clinical Psychology. I ventured to New Zealand in early 2020 and became a registered Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Bringing over a decade of experience, my practice is deeply rooted in a trauma-informed perspective, acknowledging the profound impact of past experiences on mental health. With a passion for assisting individuals on their mental health journeys, I am eager to collaborate with you as you navigate your path towards well-being. I am providing sessions in English and Spanish.
Kia ora koutou katoa. My name is Sol, I am originally from Argentina, where I earned my degree in Clinical Psychology. I ventured to New Zealand in early 2020 and became a registered Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Bringing over a decade of experience, my practice is deeply rooted in a trauma-informed perspective, acknowledging the profound impact of past experiences on mental health. With a passion for assisting individuals on their mental health journeys, I am eager to collaborate with you as you navigate your path towards well-being. I am providing sessions in English and Spanish.
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Vincent Pinto
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110  (Online Only)
If you have been feeling lonely, sad or anxious, we can share a safe space where you can tell me your concerns. The main purpose of therapy is generating deep awareness of one's own personality and behaviour, understand about your inner world (thoughts, emotions, feelings), inquiring how our past affects our present. With this understanding one can move onto learning skills in order to manage emotions and behaviour. The therapeutic approach I use depends on the client's needs and resources available, with a strong foundation on a trauma-informed approach.
If you have been feeling lonely, sad or anxious, we can share a safe space where you can tell me your concerns. The main purpose of therapy is generating deep awareness of one's own personality and behaviour, understand about your inner world (thoughts, emotions, feelings), inquiring how our past affects our present. With this understanding one can move onto learning skills in order to manage emotions and behaviour. The therapeutic approach I use depends on the client's needs and resources available, with a strong foundation on a trauma-informed approach.
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Photo of Grace Irvine, MNZAC, Counsellor
Grace Irvine
Counsellor, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
I work with all ages and specialise working with teens and young adults who are struggling. Challenges can come from anywhere; the loss of a loved one, a health condition, problems at school or work, anxiety, trauma, bullying, depression, attacks on dignity, abuse, or being spoken to in unhelpful ways. Problems can get you feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and stuck. I invite you to let me journey with you from that stuck place to hope and peace.
I work with all ages and specialise working with teens and young adults who are struggling. Challenges can come from anywhere; the loss of a loved one, a health condition, problems at school or work, anxiety, trauma, bullying, depression, attacks on dignity, abuse, or being spoken to in unhelpful ways. Problems can get you feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and stuck. I invite you to let me journey with you from that stuck place to hope and peace.
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DBT Skills Group
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110  (Online Only)
Do you feel out of control with your emotions, leading to problematic behaviors and further unpleasant feelings? Sometimes your emotions are manageable, but other times overwhelming? Learn skills to manage emotions, cope with stress, solve problems, make better decisions, and be more mindful and accepting of life's challenges. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) can help. Developed by Marsha Linehan, DBT is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy effective for anxiety, depression, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, and relationship issues. It teaches that "problem" behaviors are often coping mechanisms for distress.
Do you feel out of control with your emotions, leading to problematic behaviors and further unpleasant feelings? Sometimes your emotions are manageable, but other times overwhelming? Learn skills to manage emotions, cope with stress, solve problems, make better decisions, and be more mindful and accepting of life's challenges. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) can help. Developed by Marsha Linehan, DBT is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy effective for anxiety, depression, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, and relationship issues. It teaches that "problem" behaviors are often coping mechanisms for distress.
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Shelley Harvill - Rainbow Consulting
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110  (Online Only)
Shelley obtained a Doctorate of Psychology and completed post grad work in Nova Scotia Canada in 2010. She is a NZ registered clinical psychologist & served in the role of Clinical Manager of a National DBT Service. DBT is an integration of western and eastern psychological philosophies and along with EMDR and CBT based prolonged exposure, is one of Shelley’s preferred therapeutic models for working with emotional regulation, complex needs and trauma.
Shelley obtained a Doctorate of Psychology and completed post grad work in Nova Scotia Canada in 2010. She is a NZ registered clinical psychologist & served in the role of Clinical Manager of a National DBT Service. DBT is an integration of western and eastern psychological philosophies and along with EMDR and CBT based prolonged exposure, is one of Shelley’s preferred therapeutic models for working with emotional regulation, complex needs and trauma.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Omanawa

< 10

Counsellors in Omanawa who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Emotional Disturbance
100% Self Esteem
67% Relationship Issues
67% Anger Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

How Counsellors in Omanawa see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Omanawa?

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.