What is therapy?
Therapy is essentially a process by which the therapist acts as a ‘mirror’ or facilitator for you, so that you can ‘see’ yourself more clearly. It is often very hard to reflect on ourselves when we are alone, and sometimes our friends and family who may love us very much are not always very good at listening, or want us to do what they think is best. The therapist, on the other hand, understands psychology in more depth and can use certain techniques that can help you to find your own most perfect answers, express your innermost desires, thoughts and feelings, and implement the best course of action for your life, without personal bias or judgement.
Who is therapy for?
Therapy can be adapted to suit almost any person. Apart from adolescents and adults, I also conduct couples therapy and children can start therapy from the age of 5. You do not need to be psychologically ill or ‘crazy’ to attend therapy. Anyone who has a personal difficulty that they are finding hard to find a solution for on their own can be in therapy. There should be no shame in asking for help.
Sometimes severe clinical cases, ongoing domestic violence cases, specialist educational cases, or those requiring psycho-legal involvement by the therapist, or the intervention of additional professionals, will be referred out. Friends, colleagues, associates and family members of current clients will also be referred to another qualified psychological professional to avoid breaches of confidentiality and ensure the integrity and effectiveness of the current client’s treatment.
What can I expect?
People often feel a bit anxious when they start therapy, because they are sometimes not sure what to expect. It usually takes a few sessions to start feeling comfortable with the therapist. Because the therapy is about you, you can expect to be asked questions and you may find yourself talking more than you are used to in other relationships. Usually many people begin to feel a great sense of release when they begin to feel heard. Depending on the issue you bring to therapy and the outcomes you are looking for, treatment can be short or long. For children 12 and younger, therapy is often centred around play. At times problems may at first feel worse before they begin to feel better. Recognise that this is normal, and that you will only be able to change when you are ready and committed to a new way of living.
How much does it cost and how do I pay for therapy?
I charge in line with medical aid rates (±R750 per 50 min session), although I am sometimes willing to negotiate a lesser fee. You will need to pay cash upon the completion of each visit. You will be responsible for paying for sessions not cancelled timeously in advance (no less than 24 hours bar serious emergency). You will be responsible for claiming back your sessions from your medical aid. If you miss two sessions and I am unable to contact you, your appointment slot will be made available to someone else
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