Frequently Asked Questions
Does psychotherapy actually work?
The 21st century has seen an explosion of widely available modes of treatment, offered by a diverse array of practitioners, for various relational, emotional and psychological problems. Registered clinical psychologists are specifically trained to deliver psychotherapeutic interventions that have a strong evidence base supporting their effectiveness and are trained to assess, diagnose and conceptualise a full range of psychiatric problems in adults and children. A cursory glance online will reveal much research into the proven effectiveness of CBT, schema therapy and emotion-focused therapy.
Why a registered clinical psychologist?
Following a very rigorous selection process clinical psychologists are required to complete a MA degree in clinical psychology, as well as a further two years working under supervision in the hospital service, before being allowed to practice independently. They are required to adhere to a set of ethical rules governed by the Professional Board for Psychology following a board exam and commit to ongoing professional development under the supervision of the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Clinical psychologists receive broad training in terms of mental health and generally are able to function well at the interface of medicine, psychiatry, the law, social work and other disciplines.
What’s the point of talking about my problems?
Psychotherapy offers a quiet, confidential, contained and focused space in which you can explore your problems and feelings without any fear of being judged. An experienced therapist will help you gain far greater insight into your feelings and thoughts about issues you are facing than you might receive from a family member or friend; however well-intentioned or caring they may be! A successful therapy, however long or short, is essentially one in which you emerge feeling as though you have grown as a person and are living a more fulfilled and meaningful life.
How long does psychotherapy take?
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends largely on the nature and extent of the difficulties in question. However, it is important to discuss this with your psychologist, especially where you may have limited funds available. In my practice I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process and so encourage open discussion, after the initial assessment, around the predicted length of the therapy and the desired outcomes for you or your family. If you are willing to engage with the therapy process following assessment it is guaranteed to be a meaningful experience that will open up greater possibilities for fulfillment in all areas of your life.
How much are consultations?
My fees are closely aligned with current medical aid rates. Feel free to contact me to inquire about my current rate per session.
Will my medical aid reimburse me?
All medical aids will cover the cost of sessions up to the extent that they make provision for a psychological therapy benefit.
It is always prudent to call your medical aid up front and inquire about your annual benefit for psychological services, as well as the possibility of being covered via your medical aid’s Prescribed Minimum Benefit.
How does payment work?
I run a cash practice which holds all clients personally responsible for settling accounts on a session to session basis. Thereafter, invoices can be submitted to medical aids for reimbursement, depending on the scheme. As consultations are by appointment only I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.