FAQs

FAq's

What is therapy all about?

Therapy is a process that seeks to help an individual focus on and understand more clearly the issues that concern or trouble him/her. The therapist’s role is to offer support and understanding, and to listen and respond in a non-judgmental way. Therapy, therefore, offers each individual a very unique experience within a conversational climate in which the client is the complete focus. Through a process of reflective collaboration and problem solving you will come to a heightened awareness and deeper understanding of yourself and others and be better positioned to identify innovative and creative ways in which you can respond to the challenges of life and experience peace and contentment.


How much does therapy cost?

Please contact me concerning cost related inquiries.


WHAT IS TELEPHONIC COUNSELLING?

Telephone counselling has been shown to be highly accessible, cost effective and convenient as there is no need to waste valuable time and money on transportation. It is convenient in that you can arrange to have a counselling session from your office, home or any other convenient and private location. It is also very convenient when you find yourself in an immediate and unexpected crisis that needs your urgent intervention.


Will therapy be confidential?

Yes, anything discussed within the therapy session will remain private and confidential. These confidentiality provisions, however, are limited where there is a need to:

  • Protect a child or children
  • Prevent or lessen a serious or imminent threat to life, health or property
  • Prevent the commission or likely commission of a crime
  • Prevent violence or a threat of violence to a person or property

How long are therapy sessions?

Each therapy session runs for approximately 50 minutes. When consulting with families or couples, Kegan often recommends slightly longer sessions of 90 minutes in order to better accommodate for the additional voices in the room.


WHAT WILL OTHERS THINK OF ME IF I VISIT A THERAPIST?

Visiting a therapist does not mean that you are incapable of handling your own problems or that you have a mental illness. Asking for therapy does not mean you are a failure. Failure is an event, not a person. Therapy is just a better way to make maximum use of yourself and your resources. One should not feel ashamed when visiting a therapist.


WHAT IF I HAVE HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH THERAPY IN THE PAST?

Finding the right therapist for you is much like buying a pair of shoes i.e. you have to like the pair of shoes in order to buy them, and they've got to fit your feet. Similarly, you have to like your therapist and your personalities must be compatible in order to work well together so you can buy into the process of therapy. If you have had a negative experience in the past, don't give up on therapy as a whole. I encourage people to go ‘therapist shopping’. The therapeutic relationship is the most important part of psychotherapy. It is crucial for you to find someone with whom you can enjoy a trusting and beneficial relationship.


WHAT IF I DON'T SEE CHANGES AS QUICKLY AS I EXPECTED?

Clients feel that once they have been to therapy, their issues and concerns should become instantly clearer and more manageable. This is not always the case. It is very important to have realistic expectations about the benefits and potential outcomes of therapy. Therapy is not a quick fix and, unlike doctors, therapists cannot give you a pill to ‘make it all better’. The good news is that therapy can help you to clarify your thoughts, your potential options and strengthen your internal resources. Many valuable and new techniques and skills can be learnt in the consultation room. If you are willing to try out these new ways of doing things in your real life, you are bound to see the changes you desire. Thus, therapeutic progress in the consultation room is transferred to all areas of your personal life.


DO I NEED TO HAVE A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM TO VISIT A PSYCHOLOGIST?

Absolutely not! Therapy can be carried out to help you solve any personal problems. Visiting a psychologist does not mean that you have a mental illness. Psychologists are normally non-medical personnel who assist in identifying solutions to your personal challenges. Psychologists are of course qualified to diagnose and treat mental illness. In such cases a psychologist may recommend that clients consider medical help (medical doctor or psychiatrist) if it is appropriate and this in conjunction with psychotherapy.


How many therapy sessions should I have?

There is no predetermined number of therapy sessions, as every individual attending counselling does so for different reasons. The number of sessions is determined by the topics you wish to discuss and depends on your individual needs. It is suggested that that clients make allowance for 4 to 6 sessions initially, as this can always be re-negotiated at a later stage. It is however important to note that medical-aids cover an average of 6 to 8 therapy sessions per year, depending on the scheme.


HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF therapy HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL?

Therapy is successful when you are empowered to take positive and constructive action on your own behalf. At the end of therapy you will be left with a sense of being better able to manage your personal challenges and have greater influence over the events in your own life. You will have been equipped, having adopted a new perspective on life, to make the kind of decisions that contribute towards achieving your personal goals.


WHAT IF MY PARTNER DOES NOT WANT TO COME TO therapy?

If your partner does not want to attend a joint or couple counselling session, you may like to start on your own. By attending the session, you are demonstrating that you value the relationship, are willing to work on the issues and may gain insights and new skills that you can bring to the relationship. Your partner may become motivated to attend and is of course always welcome to join in future sessions.


WILL THE PSYCHOLOGIST TAKE NOTES DURING THE SESSION?

Yes, the psychologist may take notes during the session to assist in the process and for reference in future sessions. Conversation is fleeting and it is often helpful to capture certain words and phrases that may contribute towards resolving the problem. These written notes are confidential and stored in a safe and secure case records system.


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