“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. . . That’s just living heart-breaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” – L.R. Knost
Individual psychotherapy is aimed at assisting persons in negotiating the amazing, awful, mundane and routine aspects of life. It is an intricate, personalised process by which the client is facilitated to achieve their individual goals, relieve distress or change unsatisfying aspects of their lives by exploring the interactional patterns contributing to their sense of dissatisfaction.
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process grounded in the relationship between an individual and the psychologist. Through dialogue, a supportive environment is co-created that allows you to share your difficulties with someone who is neutral and non-judgmental.
The therapeutic process is tailored to each client’s specific challenge or needs and is thus unique for each client.
Individual psychotherapy may assist a person in dealing with:
Bereavement and coping with loss
Divorce and/or separation
Self-esteem-, weight-, eating-, and body image issues
Adjusting to new situations and major life transitions
Developing skills to deal with life’s challenges
Dealing with health difficulties
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need to consider psychotherapy?
“Any time your quality of life isn’t what you want it to be, psychotherapy can help.”
“Signs that you could benefit from therapy include:
- You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.
- Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
- You find it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or to carry out other everyday activities.
- You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.
- Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, are harming you or others.”
How long is a session?
A session is usually 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the needs of the client.
How many sessions will I need?
The duration of therapy depends on the nature and complexity of the presenting problem. Each person and each difficulty is unique and will require a unique treatment approach.
On average four (4) sessions is recommended as a start for you to find benefit in psychotherapy. Some clients may benefit sooner and some may benefit from a longer duration of therapy.
What are the costs involved?
Sessions are charged at the standardised tariffs as set by the various medical aids. If claimed from the medical aid, no excess will be payable if there are funds available in your medical aid.
If clients prefer to pay out of pocket sessions are charged at R895.00 per and may be paid for in cash or via Snapscan (http://www.snapscan.co.za) at each session.
Client’s individual circumstances can, however, be accommodated on request.
Will the medical aid pay for psychotherapy?
Yes, the medical aid will pay for psychotherapy if there are sufficient funds available in your medical aid and no excess will be payable. If the medical aid, however, does not pay for the sessions, you will remain responsible for the bill.
Medical aid claims may either be done by the clinician and submitted directly to the medical aid, or clients may wish to pay via EFT and submit the claim to the medical aid themselves.