Narrative 

Pathways

Counselling for boys, teens, men, & families.

FAQ

Appointment details

  1. How much do you charge?

    For individual counselling appointments my standard fee is negotiated between $100 and $140 per one-hour appointment, depending on your financial situation. Couples or longer sessions are negotiated above this rate, please just ask.

    I do offer a limited number of "reduced rate" counselling agreements to people when needed. Please feel free to ask.

    All other services are offered for a negotiated rate that reflects my costs and preparation / delivery time. Please just ask, I'm very amenable to what can work for us both. 

  2. How long does an appointment take?

    Individual sessions are generally 60 minutes, however they can extend another 15-20 minutes if that is useful.

    Longer 90 minute appointments can be arranged for an additional fee.

    I will take care of monitoring the time and let you know when our time is drawing to an end.

  3. How many sessions will I need?

    Most clients find they are where they want to be within 6 appointments. However, the number of counselling appointments we have can depend on many things, including the nature of the issues you face and the level of their effect on you.

    During the first visit we can talk about how many sessions you might be interested in, and review this as we go along. 

  4. How to I make the first appointment?

    Making the first appointment can feel like a big step. Many people are nervous or self-conscious. I understand that and want you to feel comfortable.

    There are several ways you can arrange an appointment - text me, email me or phone me. Chances are I'll be in a counselling session with someone sobe prepared to leave a message with your name, a phone number you're happy for me to call you on, and a time that works for a call back.

    If texting or email I will reply with some options and we will narrow it down to a suitable time for both of us. 

    I can usually see you within a day or two of this first conversation.

  5. Where are you based? Where is your office?

    I offer appointments in a counselling space located on Jervios Rd, Herne Bay, Auckland.

    However, just like the "good-old-days", I am also willing to come to you! Many people feel more comfortable and relaxed in their own home, and for family therapy or conversations with teenagers or children initially meeting on "their turf" can be empowering and less threatening.

    This is something we can discuss when arranging your appointment.

  6. What if I can't make our scheduled appointment?

    Life happens and things come up... I understand that appointments are not always able to be kept.  

    Out of respect for my time and others seeking appointments, I ask that you commit to letting me know if you can't make our appointment, preferably with 24 hours notice.  This is best done by text or phone.  If I know ahead of time so fee will be charged.

    Short-notice cancelations may incure the full session fee.

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Children

  1. Can Narrative Pathways help children?

    Yes! I have had great fun working therapeutically with kids as young as 6, and find Narrative Therapy is ideally suited to conversations with children.

    Through "externalising" problems (see Narrative Therapy page for details) playful ways of exploring the problem's influence and tatics become available. Problems can be drawn, painted or acted out which clarifies the issues and enables children to find a way to express their experience more fully. Children quite quickly become empowered to conquer their problems and gain expert status.

  2. How could I tell my child about you?

    When a young person is not asking for our help it can be a sensitive issue to raise your concern about their wellbeing. Suggestions that they see a counsellor might be rejected or rebelled against. So how this is raised can be important in cultivating an openness in the young person to "give it a go".  

    What I often do is invite a young person to "check me out", "give me a test", or  "see if I'm worth talking to". This kind of language offers them some power of choice, and implies that seeing me once is not a commitment to anything.

    If they think I'm a jerk and decide not to return, you and I can discuss other options!  However, I have usually found that once we meet that first time, there is greater willingness to meet again. 

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