FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods to help a person change behaviour and overcome problems in desired ways. It is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist.

 

Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual's well-being and mental health, to resolve troublesome behaviours, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills.

 

It provides a supportive environment that allows the client to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. The psychologist and client work together to identify and change the thought and behaviour patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.

 

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that allows people to examine and understand how thoughts influence feelings and behaviour. CBT offers a way to bring about change with regards to feelings and behaviour through examining thoughts.

 

What is DBT?

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that is centred around 4 main skill learning areas. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. DBT tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and encourages positive behavioural changes.

 

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focuses on unconscious and conscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behaviour and assists the client to be able to make sense of these to allow change to occur.

 

How long are sessions?

A psychotherapy session is 50 minutes.

 

How long will therapy take?

The length of therapy varies greatly and it is difficult to predict before an appropriate assessment has been done. The assessment takes place in the first 2 to 3 sessions whereby the length of therapy is usually discussed along with the treatment plan.

 

Fees

The rates for 2019 are R790 per 50 minute individual session.

 

I am registered with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) so clients can claim back the fees from their medical aid depending on their medical aid benefits. The practice does not claim directly from medical aid on behalf of clients. Accounts can be settled via EFT, cash or card.

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