Will what I say be kept private and confidential?
Yes. What you say in the sessions is highly confidential. There are certain exceptions, however. These exceptions include:
- Threats to harm yourself or someone else
- Child abuse or neglect
- When treatment records are requested by a court of law
What are the fees?
The tariff for 2018 is R600 for a 60-minute consultation.
Is it double the tariff for a couple?
The fee remains the same whether for an individual or a couple.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, you are welcome to give me a call on 021 975 9936. You will find someone available to take your call and assist you with making an appointment. A Client Information Form, as well as a map (to help you find the address), will be emailed to you. You can complete the form and bring it with you to your first appointment. You are also welcome to reach me by email.
How many sessions does it take?
It is up to you! This is not long-term therapy. After a couple of sessions you should experience a positive difference.
Can you accommodate clients after hours?
Yes. My last appointment is at 19:00, Monday to Thursday, and I am available on Saturdays from 08:00 to 13:00.
Do I (we) really need counselling?
Society sometimes suggests that it is a sign of weakness or incompetence to seek help. I do not agree. We all navigate difficult and challenging situations in life. Having trouble navigating these situations does not mean that you have failed to successfully navigate other difficulties in the past. In therapy you will (re)discover these strengths and skills. Successful counselling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools to overcome whatever challenges you may encounter in the future.
When is couples or marriage counselling recommended?
People in relationship seek counselling for any number of reasons, from power struggles and communication problems, to sexual dissatisfaction and infidelity. Although counselling is recommended as soon as discontent arises in a relationship, studies show that on average, partners will not seek therapy until they have been unhappy for six years. And yet, the more time has passed, the more difficult it may be to repair the relationship. In some cases, a couple who has already decided to separate may pursue therapy in order to end the relationship amicably and respectfully. Effective therapy will likely address many aspects of the relationship, although communication tends to be the primary focus of relationship therapy. When partners repeatedly employ conflict avoidance or engage in heated power struggles, communication problems ensue, resentment builds, and reconciliation often never occurs. Counsellors know that one of the first steps in improving a relationship is to teach each person how to regulate their emotions, to stay calm, and to use healthy communication skills to resolve problems, new and old, and many partners enjoy improved communication skills as a result of counselling.
I might be addicted. What now?
Seek help. You are not alone in this. There are many people out there who are going through the same struggle, and many who will still respect you if they become aware of yours. Your addictive behaviour does not define you, it is but an aspect of your life and help is available. Addictions have been overcome before, and you can do it too. Admit that you have a problem, seek help and contact a professional. There is hope.