Q. What is a Clinical Psychologist?
A. Clinical Psychologists have completed a postgraduate research degree (Masters or Doctorate) as well as several years postgraduate training in clinical theories and skills. In order to be registered with the NZ Psychologists Board, clinical psychologists must be able to demonstrate that they are continuing to develop their practice in line with scientifically supported models of assessment and treatment, as well as having regular supervision. For further information about what a psychologist is and what you can expect when seeing one, click here (http://www.psychologistsboard.org.nz/what-psychologists-do2).
Q. Is ACT scientifically supported?
A. Over the past 20 years the number of published studies demonstrating that ACT is as effective or more effective than other empirically supported treatment methods has been growing exponentially. A number of these studies also show that the gains from ACT are longer lasting than some other treatment methods. For more on ACT evidence, look here.
Q. How long does therapy take?
A. Sessions, including the first session, are usually one hour. Clients and therapists decide together how often they will meet. Weekly sessions allow the therapeutic discussion to keep momentum; fortnightly or monthly meetings allow clients to have more time in between to practice ideas discussed in sessions.
It is difficult to predict how many sessions of therapy will best suit any particular person. Complexity of issues, length of difficulties, therapeutic relationship and other factors can all impact how many sessions will be helpful.
Q. Can psychologists prescribe medication?
A. No. But we can liaise with your GP or psychiatrist about medication.
Q. Do I need a referral?
A. No. You can email or call us yourself if you would like an appointment. However it can be helpful to tell your GP you are working with a psychologist if it concerns issues that you have discussed with your GP.
Q. What days are you available?
A. We all work part time at the Wellington ACT Centre.
John is available on Saturdays. Giselle and Ben are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Q. How soon can I see you?
A. It varies a lot so do ask. Sometimes we have availability within a week. At other times we are full weeks or months ahead. If we are busy, we are happy to recommend other psychologists and counsellors who may have space sooner.