What can I expect from my first session?

We usually spend the first session (50 minutes) talking about the difficulties that have motivated you to seek help at this point in time and what your goals for therapy are. Towards the end of the session, we discuss what it was like for you to talk with me and whether you feel comfortable to return for a second session, which would focus on your personal history. This forms part of the initial assessment phase. 

Please note that there is no obligation to come back for subsequent sessions. Without feeling safe, and that you can trust your therapist, you are unlikely to want to talk about anything that is difficult. The fit between client and therapist is a crucial ingredient in successful therapy. While I always encourage clients to trust themselves when choosing a therapist, it is also important to hold in mind that one’s perception of the real person may be clouded by previous negative experiences with authority figures, such as caregivers, siblings and teachers.

What are your rates and do you claim directly from medical aid? 

I am registered with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) and charge medical aid rates. I am contracted to most medical aids and am able to claim on your behalf. However, it is important to find out whether your scheme and benefits cover the relevant psychological service, as the responsibility for settling any unsuccessful claim or outstanding fees rests with you. You are also welcome to settle your account upfront and claim from medical aid yourself. Should you not belong to a medical aid, you will be charged a per session cash fee of R850-00.

Do I have to talk about my childhood and feelings?

It is your time and you will not be forced to talk about anything that you do not feel ready to address. However, where I can see that your present-day difficulties are clearly related to what has happened in the past, I will encourage venturing into emotional territory that may feel difficult for you at first. You will also be supported to take responsibility for your role in the therapeutic process.

How long will therapy last?

This depends on a number of variables, such as the nature of your difficulty, when it originated, and what your therapeutic goals are. Some people feel relieved after a single session and do not come back. Many find resolution after a couple of months of weekly therapy. Others, including those who have experienced extensive trauma or live with chronic psychiatric diagnoses, may choose to remain in therapy for years.

I feel uncomfortable about starting therapy through an online platform 

This is an understandable concern for many who are accustomed to seeing a therapist or counsellor in person. However, for others, the idea of talking to a therapist from the safety of their home may be quite appealing. Due to the contagious nature of Covid-19, working online (Telehealth) is the safest way of providing therapy at present. It eliminates the possibility of transmission. There are, of course, pros and cons to working this way – and I am happy to answer any of your questions either through email or on the phone.