Therapists in Tauranga

Photo of Dale Davidson, Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Dale Davidson
Psychologist, PhD, NZPsS Member
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
I'm a clinical psychologist with a special interest in working with adolescents, adults and couples presenting with a variety of psychological difficulties. I also work with athletes who are looking to optimize their sporting performance.
I'm a clinical psychologist with a special interest in working with adolescents, adults and couples presenting with a variety of psychological difficulties. I also work with athletes who are looking to optimize their sporting performance.
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Photo of Kate Ferris, Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Kate Ferris
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
Tēnā koe, I am a registered psychologist passionate about partnering with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan to enhance their wellbeing and to find sustainable solutions to a wide range of concerns. My practice is collaborative, empathetic, and evidence-based. I am also a trained mediator and am especially interested in supporting couples in conflict and families in transition (during and after separation).
Tēnā koe, I am a registered psychologist passionate about partnering with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan to enhance their wellbeing and to find sustainable solutions to a wide range of concerns. My practice is collaborative, empathetic, and evidence-based. I am also a trained mediator and am especially interested in supporting couples in conflict and families in transition (during and after separation).
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The Barefoot Counselling Co
Counsellor, NZCCA
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
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 Megan Carter, Ocean Psy Clinical Psychology , Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
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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Photo of Chris Fahy, Counsellor in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Chris Fahy
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
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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Photo of Bindiya Patel in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Bindiya Patel
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3112
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 Grace Irvine, Counsellor in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
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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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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Photo of Louie Richter, Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Louie Richter
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
I am a registered (NZPB) clinical psychologist (with a full New Zealand Psychological Society membership). Currently, I am an ACC sensitive claims and psychological services provider and assessor. My interests lie in adolescents and adults with psychological needs such as trauma, addictions, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and adjustment.
I am a registered (NZPB) clinical psychologist (with a full New Zealand Psychological Society membership). Currently, I am an ACC sensitive claims and psychological services provider and assessor. My interests lie in adolescents and adults with psychological needs such as trauma, addictions, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and adjustment.
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Rosemary A White
Counsellor, MNZCCA
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3112
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 MindWell Psychology, Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
MindWell Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
Not accepting new clients
Please Note: I am currently not accepting new clients. My name is Sandy Laurenson, I am a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in working with adolescents and adults. I graduated with a Master of Clinical Psychology in 2014 and have worked in both the public and private sectors. I support people with a range of mental health issues (i.e., anxiety, low mood, emotion dysregulation, trauma, OCD, and eating disorders), as well as those perusing performance optimisation goals. I am trained in evidence-based therapies such as CBT, ACT, DBT, EMDR, and Mindfulness.
Please Note: I am currently not accepting new clients. My name is Sandy Laurenson, I am a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in working with adolescents and adults. I graduated with a Master of Clinical Psychology in 2014 and have worked in both the public and private sectors. I support people with a range of mental health issues (i.e., anxiety, low mood, emotion dysregulation, trauma, OCD, and eating disorders), as well as those perusing performance optimisation goals. I am trained in evidence-based therapies such as CBT, ACT, DBT, EMDR, and Mindfulness.
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Photo of Aysegul (Aysha) Aktalay, Counsellor in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Aysegul (Aysha) Aktalay
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZAC
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3112
I am a registered counsellor with over 10 years of experience as a counselling psychologist overseas, specializing in trauma. My approach includes EMDR therapy, which I use to help clients process and heal from trauma. I believe that trauma can result from various life experiences, not just big events, and can significantly impact our well-being. In my practice, I aim to create a therapeutic environment where clients feel understood and supported. Through collaborative efforts and empowerment, I assist them in developing the skills and resilience needed to effectively manage their difficulties and thrive in their everyday lives.
I am a registered counsellor with over 10 years of experience as a counselling psychologist overseas, specializing in trauma. My approach includes EMDR therapy, which I use to help clients process and heal from trauma. I believe that trauma can result from various life experiences, not just big events, and can significantly impact our well-being. In my practice, I aim to create a therapeutic environment where clients feel understood and supported. Through collaborative efforts and empowerment, I assist them in developing the skills and resilience needed to effectively manage their difficulties and thrive in their everyday lives.
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Photo of Daisy Corby in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Daisy Corby
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3112
Haere Mai, Welcome. I’m Daisy, and I am a certified EMDR therapist and member of EMDRNZ. I approach therapy from the understanding that our past and present are intrinsically linked, and that much of what causes us suffering in the here and now can be traced back to difficult experiences in our past. Anything that happens too much, too fast, too soon, or not enough can overwhelm our brain and lead to trauma. EMDR can be used as a tool to help jump-start our brain's natural healing process so that you can learn to live more fully in the present.
Haere Mai, Welcome. I’m Daisy, and I am a certified EMDR therapist and member of EMDRNZ. I approach therapy from the understanding that our past and present are intrinsically linked, and that much of what causes us suffering in the here and now can be traced back to difficult experiences in our past. Anything that happens too much, too fast, too soon, or not enough can overwhelm our brain and lead to trauma. EMDR can be used as a tool to help jump-start our brain's natural healing process so that you can learn to live more fully in the present.
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Photo of Dr. Sarah Miers, Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Dr. Sarah Miers
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3112
Not accepting new clients
I'm a registered Clinical Psychologist 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 registered Clinical Psychologist 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 Sofia Antonella Scozzafava, Counsellor in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Sofia Antonella Scozzafava
Counsellor, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
I'm originally hailing from Argentina but calling New Zealand my home for the past five years. With a background in handling high-complex trauma, grief, sexual violence, domestic abuse, children and adolescent mental health, and family dynamics. My professional journey encompasses a holistic approach, integrating various modalities such as Theraplay Institute's foundational certification, Gottman's Couple Therapy Level 1, TFCBT Level 1, along with mindfulness, IFS, transgenerational trauma, and narrative therapy.
I'm originally hailing from Argentina but calling New Zealand my home for the past five years. With a background in handling high-complex trauma, grief, sexual violence, domestic abuse, children and adolescent mental health, and family dynamics. My professional journey encompasses a holistic approach, integrating various modalities such as Theraplay Institute's foundational certification, Gottman's Couple Therapy Level 1, TFCBT Level 1, along with mindfulness, IFS, transgenerational trauma, and narrative therapy.
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Photo of Mike Donovan, Counsellor in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Mike Donovan
Counsellor, MCouns, MNZCCA
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
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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Photo of Dr. Mark Lombard, Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Dr. Mark Lombard
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
As a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience, my role as therapist is to create a safe space with boundaries. It requires a commitment from you to engage. Through this you will access an increased capacity to enjoy a full range of emotions. Access aspects of yourself without experiencing shame. Develop an ability to be self-reflective, and to think more creatively and openly about your past rather than repeating it.
As a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience, my role as therapist is to create a safe space with boundaries. It requires a commitment from you to engage. Through this you will access an increased capacity to enjoy a full range of emotions. Access aspects of yourself without experiencing shame. Develop an ability to be self-reflective, and to think more creatively and openly about your past rather than repeating it.
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Photo of Sol Marques, Psychologist in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
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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Photo of Kathryn Taylor, Counsellor in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Kathryn Taylor
Counsellor, MCouns, NZAC - Provisional
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
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 Erin Nolan, Counsellor in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Erin Nolan
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Tauranga 3110
People sometimes hesitate to engage with a therapist due to thoughts of “I don’t have it that bad”, “Maybe the therapist will think I shouldn’t be there.” In my 20 years of practice, I have never thought there was a person that couldn’t benefit from a safe, therapeutic space to process through their thoughts, emotions, and life experience. I honour any person that turns up to begin the courageous journey of having a deeper look at who they are. Together, taking into account what you’ve experienced, we can find ways to help you with whatever it is that you may be facing.
People sometimes hesitate to engage with a therapist due to thoughts of “I don’t have it that bad”, “Maybe the therapist will think I shouldn’t be there.” In my 20 years of practice, I have never thought there was a person that couldn’t benefit from a safe, therapeutic space to process through their thoughts, emotions, and life experience. I honour any person that turns up to begin the courageous journey of having a deeper look at who they are. Together, taking into account what you’ve experienced, we can find ways to help you with whatever it is that you may be facing.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Tauranga

70+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Tauranga who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
82% Depression
80% Self Esteem
77% Stress
74% Trauma and PTSD
72% Relationship Issues
66% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Southern Cross
38% Sovereign Health
38% AIA

How Counsellors in Tauranga see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Tauranga?

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.