Frequently Asked Questions
Can the session be conducted in Afrikaans?
Ja, ek is volledig tweetalig en Afrikaanse kliente kan ‘n sessie in hulle moedertaal geniet.
What kinds of services do you offer?
- Individual psychotherapy for adults and children,
- relationship therapy (for dating, traditionally married and non-traditionally married couples),
- and group therapy.
- career transition and
- forensic evaluations.
Do you prescribe medication?
Psychologists don’t prescribe medication. Not everyone wants to be on medication or needs to be on it. If I think it may be helpful, I’ll refer you to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist monitors medication and I do the “talk therapy.” Some people are on medication when they come to me and want to stop their medication, in such a case their psychiatrist and I work together to accomplish that. It is an individual process.
Will my Medical Aid pay for my treatment?
It depends on the cover of your medical aid plan. Benefits will be confirmed prior to appointment. Should your medical aid plan not cover psychotherapy you will be responsible for the sessions.
What is therapy like?
Therapy is definitely not experienced like it is portrayed in the movies.
My approach to therapy is systemic and interactional. Thus the emphasis is on identifying patterns of interaction between individuals and to base treatment interventions on the changing of these interactional patterns between individuals. It is believed that the symptoms are a way of handling a relationship.
Therapy is a joint collaboration between therapist and client, in which both parties work towards resolving a problem which the client has presented with. The therapist assists the client in understanding the maladaptive patterns of relating that may be contributing to his problems. Therapy also assists individuals and couples in developing more adaptive coping skills.
Is my information confidential?
Yes. The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) holds ethical issues in the highest regard and the Psychologist is bound by ethical commitment. All information shared with the Clinical Psychologist is strictly confidential except in the following situations of which you will be informed:
- In consultation with other health professionals in the best interests of the client.
- If the client poses a danger to himself/herself or others.
- If the psychologist is impelled under protest to divulge information to a court of law.
- Referral by the court.
Due to the nature of the various possible forensic reports that are available this will be discussed and consulted on a case by case basis.
Scheduled appointment cancellation?
All scheduled appointment times ensure that there is an allocated booked time for your appointment and as a result this therapy time cannot be transferred to another client. Should you not be able to make your booked session please note a 24-hour cancellation and postponement policy is needed to avoid being charged for the time.
What happens if the session runs over time?
Consultations are scheduled for 51 to 60 minutes for adults and adolescents; and 25 minutes for young children. I will advise you when the time is up. However, if I am able to continue because there is time available, I will inform you and the additional time will then be charged for.
What if I am late for an appointment?
If you are late for the consultation, you will still be billed for the booked session time as the allocated time cannot be transferred to another client and the remainder of the time allocated to you, will be utilized.