What is psychotherapy?
In general terms this refers to any technique or procedure that affects mental, emotional or behavioural changes. In South Africa it may only be practiced by qualified therapists who must, by law, be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, HPCSA. There are many techniques and procedures. A therapist may utilise only those in which he/she is trained and competent.
What is the general procedure when you visit a therapist?
To begin with, you may be seeking help with problems you feel you should be able to handle on your own, so coming to a stranger and off-loading what is essentially private stuff can cause you to feel pretty vulnerable. Your therapist knows how vulnerable you may be feeling – not only because of the difficulties you may be dealing with, but also the prospect of that initial meeting with the therapist. You will probably find, though, that within the first few minutes the therapist will help you feel relaxed as you begin to describe what your needs are to her.
The therapist will require some basic information about yourself, your family and life circumstances. Once she understands your particular needs, she will suggest a general strategy for your therapy – this often takes place within the first session. You will see from the conversation that takes place that it is a ‘collaborative’ style, in other words, the therapist works with you, helping you find the answers to your difficulties as well as discover your unique potential for change.
How often do we meet and for how long?
Depending on your particular needs, we meet for an hour’s session on a weekly basis in the beginning, thereafter, we meet less frequently. Since everyone is different, it’s not possible to predict how many sessions are required, but I am mindful that you wish to resolve your difficulties as quickly and effectively as possible.
How do I pay?
Please discuss rates and payment method with me at the first meeting.