We offer 1 to 1 individual therapy utilising effective evidence-based interventions to support people to heal and improve their mental health.
Our approach involves
therapeutic interventions designed around a person’s needs
the importance of building resilience and the capacity for people to care for their own mental health
supporting people to live well
effective responses to mental health, addiction and behavioural issues
Matching the needs of individuals to the most appropriate intervention
services being provided by trained, registered and experienced clinicians
People seek help for various reasons including; anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, relationships, personal growth and development.
Our clients can access our services in various ways.
through a referral from their GP through the Primary Mental Health Service (Waikato GPs registered with Pinnacle Primary Health Organisation)
ACC Sensitive Claims Service
ACC pays for counselling for people who have been affected by sexual violence.
Who is eligible?
Any adult or child who experiences sexual violence in New Zealand, and in some cases NZ residents who experience sexual violence overseas.
sexual violence includes most forms of sexual violation, rape, unwanted sexual contact, or indecent assault on an adult
ALL sexual contact with children
female genital mutilation
it doesn't matter how long ago it happened ACC will support you when you are ready
you DO NOT have to report the event to the Police to get counselling from ACC for sexual violence.
Everybody has a different response to the abuse they suffered. For example you might be depressed, anxious, have sexual problems, not be able to trust people, abuse drugs or alcohol, have nightmares or flashbacks, have relationship problems, or just feel unsafe. if you are unsure whether you meet ACC criteria talk to an ACC counsellor about your situation.
How much will it cost me?
ACC pays the full cost of counselling for sexual violence. (Note that ACC will not pay for counselling for problems it does not consider were caused by the sexual violence.)
Can I see any counsellor?
ACC will only pay for counselling provided by an ACC Registered Counsellor or Psychologist/Psychotherapist.
Our team are ACC Registered.
How do I apply for ACC counselling?
The first thing to do is to make contact with us, we will explain the process to you. You don't have to wait for ACC to process your claim, you can start therapy straight away. You can choose how long you want therapy for. You can take a break and come back to therapy at a later time, and it is okay to change therapists if you want someone who suits you better.
Longer term counselling with ACC
You and your therapist may decide you need support for a longer time. This will require a supported assessment to be done. Because every case is different, talk to your therapist about what will be in the assessment. The assessor and therapist will be there to support you and make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. You will be able to go through the assessment report and agree on its content with the assessor and your therapist, before it goes to ACC. They will use the report to confirm what longer term support you need, and to help make a decision on your claim.
All reports are assessed by the ACC Sensitive Claims Unit, where they are treated confidentially and kept secure.
If I want counselling for sexual abuse do I have to see an ACC counsellor?
You only have to see an ACC counsellor if you want ACC to pay for your therapy. There are many counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists who provide excellent treatment for sexual abuse who choose not to register with ACC. Likewise, some clients prefer not to put in an ACC claim and to pay for their counselling themselves.
If your GP is a member of the Pinnacle Primary Mental Health Organisation (you can check on this website Find a practice - Pinnacle) you can ask your GP to send a referral to us through the primary mental health coordinator. The coordinator will assess the referral and decide if they are able to send it to us. If your referral is accepted and allocated to us, you will be able to have 4 free Psychology sessions or 6 free Counselling Sessions.