FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of services do you offer?

Individual psychotherapy for adults and older adolescents, relationship therapy  (for dating, traditionally married and non-traditionally married couples), and group therapy.

Assessments – IQ, Psycho-educational, career transition and concession assessments, etc.

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 get off of it, and their psychiatrist and I work together to accomplish that. It really is an individual process.

Will Medical Aid pay for my treatment?

I run a case practice; therefore all sessions are settled at the end of each consultation. I consult below medical aid rates, thus you will be reimbursed 100% for your consultation cost based on your plan and cover you have with your medical aid. Please consult them directly to find out your cover.

Alternatively, you may be able to use your treatment as tax deductions. Your accountant or SARS will be able to advise you.

What is therapy like?

Therapy is definitely not experienced like it is portrayed in the movies. My approach to therapy is 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.

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:

  • 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.

Forensic reports?

This practice/psychotherapist does not avail itself to any forensic (legal/court) proceedings and no case documents may be used in a court of law to defeat the ends of justice.

 Scheduled appointment cancellation?

All scheduled appointment times ensure that the Clinical Psychologist has allocated that time for your appointment and as a result the allotted therapy time cannot be transferred to another client. Thus 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 55 minutes for adults and adolescents and 25 minutes for young children. The Clinical Psychologist will advise when the time is up, however if I am happy to continue if time is available, however the additional time will 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 full hour as the allocated time cannot be transferred to another client.

 

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