Frequently Asked Questions
At what times do you offer appointments?
I can see clients both during the day and also on some evenings. An appointment can be arranged that is mutually suitable.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can leave a confidential voicemail on 082 322 5935. If I have not returned your call within 24 hours, then it is likely that I have not received your message, so please contact me again. It is also possible to contact me by email by using the form on the contact information page. Please do not include sensitive clinical information in emails as security cannot be assured.
What should I do in an emergency
In the case of a life-threatening emergency, please go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.
What can I expect from my first session?
Initially, our time together will involve an evaluation of your needs, with a view to agreeing on whether psychotherapy is indicated, and a treatment plan to follow. As therapy is a partnership between therapist and client, it is of central importance that you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose. Should you feel comfortable with me, then we can schedule a further session or sessions. If not, then I will be able to refer you to someone who may be able to help you.
How long does therapy take?
People come to therapy for many different reasons. Each client is unique as are the desired outcomes for therapy: sometimes a few sessions are sufficient to resolve a particular issue or problem, sometimes issues are founded in long-present patterns and therapy then could last a considerable period of time. Ultimately the choice to terminate therapy always rests with you.
Are sessions confidential?
I am professionally and ethically obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to all private information about you. Moreover I will not disclose any information about you without your consent.
Will my medical aid pay for psychotherapy?
Many medical aids cover members for some portion or all of the fee. However, benefits vary from scheme to scheme and it will be necessary to ascertain the terms of this.