Do I need therapy?

If you are asking yourself this question, then you are probably struggling with a concerning situation, behaviour or feeling which may have worsened. When we experience struggles in life, we may internalize the issue and supress it or seek advice from those around us. The feedback that we may receive often comes from a biased place – based on what that person’s opinion and beliefs are and what they went through and how they dealt with their issue – which probably does not fully relate to your situation. There is also an unjustifed stigma around seeking professional help to deal with problems. We do not live in a perfect world, therefore, we all go through periods of distress that is unique to us. The benefits of psychotherapy can be seen more like a stress-reliever – like exercising or eating right – just strategies to understand, resolve and release your unhealthy life situations that help to make life easier and more joyful.

What happens in the first session?

In your first session, you are able to communicate around the factors that brought you to therapy. Your issues will be explored in more detail to allow the therapist to formulate a starting point in dealng with your issues. The process of therapy will also be explained in greater detail. At this stage, you are also getting to know the therapist and are able to develop a comfort level within the therapeutic context. If indicated, certain techniques or stategies may be postulated to assist you in dealing with overwhelming feelings.

How often will we meet?

It is most effective to initially meet on a weekly basis. This allows for you to have a firm grasp of your presenting issues and have a tangible way forward in a relatively short space of time.

How long is a therapy session?

Generally, a therapy session is 55 mins in duration. There are times were this time may be exceeded as it depends on the issues that you have brought to therapy and your needs at that point.

How long will therapy take?

The duration of your psychotherapeutic treatment depends on the issues of focus in therapy and its comlpexity. Often times, a client communicates one burning issue that he/she is struggling with at that moment however, that issue could have been triggered by deeper seated issues which require resolution. So, the duration of therapy depends on how you work towards your therapeautic goals and how layered your presenting issues may be. That being said – psychotherapy is solution – driven and the goal is to thoroughly deal with your presenting issues towards your empowerment in the shortest space of time.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. All appointments are to be cancelled at least 24 working hours before your scheduled session as the allotted therapy time cannot be transferred to another client at short notice.

How much does therapy with you cost?

The cost of psychotherapy for a 55 min session is R1100.00. The tariff is in keeping with normal medical aid rates including a minimal admistration levy. The cost of the session may sometimes vary if the 55 min duration is exceeded.

Children are generally seen for a 35 minute session – Cost: R780.00 or 45 minute session – cost R900.00.

The client settles the account before or directly after the session, where an invoice is provided which may be submitted to medial aid for reimbursment. Full payment is due at the time of the service. Legally and ethically, it is not conducive for clients to carry account balances as doing so can comprise the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.