Frequently Asked Questions

I know we have a family problem but my child refuses to come in with us?

That’s OK- come in without your child initially. We’ll discuss the issues in that first session and work towards an inclusive treatment and outcome.

What is your most popular style of Counselling with the Youth you work with?

Counselling varies depending on client situations. One popular intervention QVTP uses with youth, individually or in a group, comprises of a combination of therapy with song composition and recording. Music becomes the vehicle for the expression of personal narratives; past, present and future. Stephen’s successful Masters degree research verified this approach to youth interventions.

I am so angry at my spouse I don’t want him/her to come in with me.

It would be better if you could invite your spouse into the first session even if you are angry. That way you both start working together to make things better-right from the beginning. However, if that feels impossible- come alone and we’ll work on moving that anger aside so you can invite him/her to the next session.

My child is 17 and wants individual therapy. I want him/her to have private sessions, no family therapy. OK?

You are welcome to bring your child for individual sessions, however, I will encourage your child to invite you into the sessions as treatment progresses so you can be informed and a positive resource. Confidentiality is required, therefore your child can only be encouraged to include you. Confidentiality may not apply to issues of abuse or danger to self or others.

Do you contract or work with other services?

Yes, I contract to other agencies for 1:1 counselling with youth and men. I have also developed youth and adult programmes for other agencies like Raeburn House and North Harbour Living Without Violence (NHLWV). I have attended Strengthen Families meetings to support my clients and I am registered with Kidslink. I also interact with other services where required. I can combine Social Work practice with your counselling package if you or your child are needing:- Advocacy and / or support when engaging with external agencies (e.g. Strengthening Families) and government departments (e.g. CYF) or the Police. Networking with other services.

How long does therapy take?

It depends on how long it takes to work through the issues you have come to solve, however we have achieved great results in as short as six weeks for some clients. My personal preference is that therapy progression and ending is probably best determined by the client.


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