I practice at the Therapy and Wellness Rooms in Pineslopes, Fourways. The practice is easily accessible and is situated in a safe and secure shopping complex with adequate parking. I charge medical aid rates and your account can be settled via cash, credit card or EFT. Payments via EFT must be made before the session and proof of payment must be brought on the day of your appointment. It is a cash practice so please settle your account yourself and then claim from your medical aid.
A Clinical Psychologist is a mental health professional who is trained to work with individuals who are experiencing significant stressors and emotional difficulties.
Clinical Psychologists are also trained to work with people who are struggling with clinical disorders and symptoms such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and psychotic disorders.
A Clinical Psychologist must have at least a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and must have completed an internship at an accredited internship sight.
A Clinical Psychologist must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Psychotherapy is an English word derived from the Ancient Greek word psyche meaning breath, spirit or soul and the word therapia meaning healing or medical treatment. Psychotherapy can be described as the therapeutic process that takes place between a therapist and a client and is characterized by healing and personal growth in the context of a warm, genuine and accepting relationship.
It is important to find the right fit between yourself and the therapist you decide to work with. A lack of fit could undermine your therapeutic work so its important to choose your therapist carefully. Usually one session is enough to establish whether you will be able to work together.
Therapy usually takes place once a week for approximately 50 minutes. Some individuals require more sessions during an acute situation or crisis. Once therapy has progressed you may feel you need fewer sessions. Although therapy is flexible and should suit your personal needs, it is important to discuss the termination of therapy with your therapist beforehand. This is to allow for appropriate closure, feedback and a discussion of the way forward.
Depending on your therapeutic goals and needs, therapy can be brief and only last a few sessions or it can be longer term. It is important to discuss your therapeutic goals with your therapist beforehand to establish a mutual understanding of how you would like to work together.
Psychotherapy is private and confidential and is based on honesty, openness and trust. The therapist is under ethical obligation to keep your personal information confidential. There are a few conditions under which confidentiality will be broken however. If the client has a serious intent to hurt themselves or others, the therapist is obligated to inform appropriate family members, friends or medical professionals in order to protect the client and the public. If the abuse of a child or old-aged person is suspected or reported, confidentiality will be broken in order to protect the vulnerable members of our society.
Adults, adolescents, children, couples and families can benefit from psychotherapy. Group therapy is another modality of psychotherapy that can be as effective as individual therapy. Different people require psychotherapy for different reasons. Some individuals may be struggling to adjust to major changes in their lives such as retirement, changing jobs, moving, getting married, having a baby etc. Others seek out psychotherapy because they are going through a personal crisis such as trauma, bereavement, divorce or retrenchment.
Couples may also consult with a psychologist to address issues in their relationship. A psychologist can help a couple with difficulties in their relationship or assist with ending a relationship in a healthier manner.
Parents may want psychotherapy for their children or adolescent. Children and adolescents experience emotional difficulties, behavioural problems and clinical symptoms that may need the assistance of a professional. Psychologists can also assist parents and children with difficulties in their relationship.
Some people decide to seek help because they are suffering from symptoms that disrupt their daily functioning such as sleeping, eating and working. Clinical disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia may require the help of a Clinical Psychologist. Clinical symptoms can often cause distress and suffering and may also require the assistance of a medical professional such as a G.P.
Consulting a professional during times of emotional difficulty does not mean youre crazy, abnormal or strange. The added support and professional skills of a psychologist can help you heal, grow and become a more effective human being.