About Therapy

How long does therapy take?

Sessions, including the first session with you, are usually one hour. We can decide together how often is best to meet. Meeting weekly allows our discussions to keep momentum; meeting fortnightly or monthly allows more time in between for you to practice the ideas we’ve talked about in a previous session.

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.

Can psychologists prescribe medication?

No. But we can liaise with your GP or psychiatrist about medication.

Do I need a referral?

No. You can email or call us yourself if you’d like to make an appointment with us. However, it can be helpful to tell your GP that you’re working with us if our sessions are about issues you have also discussed with your GP.

Which days are you available?

We all work part-time:
John is available on Saturdays
Giselle is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Ben is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

How soon can I see you?

It varies a lot so feel free to ask us. Sometimes we have availability within a week.  At other times we’re booked for weeks or months ahead. If we’re fully booked, we’re happy to recommend other psychologists and counsellors who may have space to see you sooner.

About Training

Who are your training workshops designed for?

Clinicians and professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors, coaches, social workers, GPs, school guidance counsellors and mental health nurses.

Do I need any previous knowledge or experience of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

We’ve designed a range of workshops to suit people with different levels of knowledge about ACT. We recommend you start with our Introductory Workshop before attending our other workshops.

What is involved in the workshops?

Our workshops are experiential. The process of learning through experience and reflection will maximise your understanding of ACT and your clients – how they think and feel. We will share our knowledge of ACT with you then through exercises, role plays and real plays you will have a chance to practise what you’ve learned with others.

Where are the workshops held?

We host most of our training workshops at Front + Centre. If you have enough people interested in ACT training for us to run a workshop in your workplace, please let us know.

Do you run workshops around New Zealand?

Most of our workshops take place in Wellington but if you have a group of clinicians or professionals interested in our training anywhere else in New Zealand, please let us know so we can make a plan with you.

Is the content of the training available during or after the workshop?

Printed copies of our training material are available throughout our workshops and we are happy to share our presentation slides with you afterwards.

Can I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

Yes. These are ready for all attendees at the end of the workshop.

How much do the workshops cost?

The costs vary because some of our workshops are shorter (1/2 – 1 day) or longer (2 days) than others. Check out our range of workshops to find the relevant cost.