My standard fee for new clients is $120 per 50 minute session for individuals, and $140 for couples.  However, this fee is negotiable for those who are unwaged or on low income.

For Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, the cost for the initial 2 hour trial therapy is $220 after which the prices above apply.

People who are unwaged or low income may additionally be eligible for subsidised treatment.  For more information about available subsidies, click here.

Making an Appointment

To make an appointment, call me on 021 0297 8804, email me at james@blackdogtherapy.co.nz or use the form below. During our initial conversation, we will agree an appointment time for our first session. You do not need to provide me any details over the phone unless you wish to do so - it's up to you.

The First Session

In our first session you will get a chance to meet me and see the place where I work, and will start developing a sense of whether you feel comfortable about us working together in the future.

You'll have a seat on the couch or chair, whichever you prefer, and I'll invite you to tell me a bit about why you've come and what you would like from me. You'll have the opportunity to tell me as much or as little about yourself as you wish in this first session, and will be encouraged to speak as openly and freely as you feel comfortable doing.

By the end of the first session I'll know a bit about your reasons for coming, and you'll have a sense of who I am and how I work, as well as how I can help you whether it's for short term or long term work.