1What does a Clinical Psychologist do?
A Clinical Psychologist is a registered mental health care professional with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) who works with the behavioural aspects of adults and children. Clinical Psychologists have specialised training, on at least a Master’s level, to be able to treat and assess all forms of psychological and psychiatric difficulties and disorders. In order to achieve this, a Clinical Psychologist facilitates clients to work through their difficulties and optimise their level of functioning and interpersonal relationships by means of a goal directed therapeutic process.
2What is it like to see a Psychologist?
Every individual is different and unique in their own right. It is for this reason that the first session is aimed at gaining a full and comprehensive understanding of the client which is characterised by unconditional acceptance and respect for the distinctive features of each client. This then continues into a goal directed process by which the client’s difficulties can be dealt with and aims and objectives can be achieved.
3Who can benefit from seeing a Psychologist?
Any adult or child who is either anticipating or already experiencing a minor or major level of discomfort regarding their own or someone else’s life and functioning can benefit from psychotherapy. This can for instance range from individuals who are experiencing a significant level of depression to an individual who would like to optimise an already satisfying relationship in the form of pre-marital counselling.
4What type of problems can a Psychologist address?
The potential scenarios of problems that can be addressed through psychotherapy are endless, so here are but a few examples of some potential difficulties: • All emotions and conditions that may hinder performance and functioning • All psychological discomfort • Tension, anxiety, stress or fear • Phobias • Trauma • Grief • Divorce guidance • Psychiatric diagnoses i.e. Depression /Bipolar /Schizophrenia /ADD /ADHD • Preparation for surgery • To enhance the experience of a client’s wedding day • Enhancing sport performance • Learning of new skills • Anger management • Assertiveness training • Work related difficulties • Abuse • Suicide • Dieting, obesity and anorexia • Assistance with habits/tics • Substance abuse • Dealing with the leaving home stage • Pre-marital counselling • Marital difficulties • Sexual difficulties • For males with emotional issues with sex like poor self image and erectile dysfunction • For females with the inability to reach orgasm and avoidance of sex • Parental training • Child birth • Inspiring confidence • To assist bodily reaction to respond to the Dr/Midwife’s guidelines and requests • School readiness and preparation • Bullying • Bed wetting and bed soiling • Adjustment difficulties • Separation anxiety • Aptitude testing and guidance • Career guidance
5What is the duration of therapy?
Each therapeutic case is different and unique, therefore the duration of therapy will depend on and be determined by the client, presenting complaint, objectives and indicated therapeutic intervention. My working method however includes a more short term therapeutic focus except when contradicted by the client’s needs or when the presenting difficulty is of such a nature that it will not be effectively dealt with on a short term basis.
6What do I need to know about the fees involved?
My fees are rated in accordance with Medical Aid tariffs. For clients without Medical Aid, my fees are negotiable so as to create the opportunity for Psychological services to be readily accessible.