What is counselling?
In the process of counselling, you enter a journey with your counsellor that is aimed at your own growth process. Your growth can take many forms; obstacles you want to overcome, relationships you are struggling with, career difficulties, personal issues, family dynamics and many more. The goal of counselling is to facilitate directed growth where the solutions that you are seeking come from within you but are facilitated by your counsellor.
What will counselling accomplish for you?
Counselling takes problems which seem unmanageable for you, breaks them into parts and helps you tackle them in a manageable way. It brings you in touch with your core values and drives, which may often be in misalignment and helps you live with more integrity.
My approach to counselling you
Once getting to know you and gathering a sense of your needs in counselling, I will choose an approach which best suits your particular situation. My approach is holistic and integrative, drawing from different modalities which combine the body, mind and being.
My philosophy on counselling
I believe we are all connected and that positive change can only happen in the context of relation to or with another. Counselling is a journey taken by the client and the counsellor where they walk a path together and come to solutions that will enable the individual to reach their full potential.
‘If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.’.
Types of therapy
Person-Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, Existential Therapy, Behavioural Therapy, Reality Therapy, Couples Therapy, Marital Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
What to expect from counselling
In the first session, you will meet with me and get a feel for what the therapeutic process is all about. We will talk about what you wish to gain from therapy and what you are struggling with at the moment. You can expect a collaborative process of dialogue which will bring you closer to your goals and the solutions you are looking for.
How do I know if I need therapy?
If your life is feeling unmanageable on any level (friends, family, work, spirituality, finances, relationships, parenting) or if you are struggling with anxiety, depression, burnout and even feeling “stuck” be it in your career or life then therapy can be beneficial to you.
The three essentials to life: Something to love, something to do and something to hope for.
My counselling process
In my counselling process, I strive to understand your thoughts and feelings sensitively and accurately. Through this process, you are able to see your past experiences from a different perspective. My goal is to create a space of psychological safety for you whereby you are understood empathetically and accepted unconditionally.
As your therapist, I believe in your ability to move forward constructively. When you have been in therapy for quite some time you may experience an actualising tendency whereby you strive towards fulfillment, self-determination, realisation and autonomy. This is a positive process which provides you with a sense of healing and you are continually in the process of healing yourselves.
Where are you located?
My practise is located in Hout Bay, Cape Town.
What is an assessment appointment?
During an assessment appointment, I get a feel for what has brought you to therapy and your unique needs and expectations of the therapeutic process. Over time, we delve deeper into the thoughts, emotions and behaviours you are experiencing and the challenges you are facing.
Will the counsellor give me the right advice?
While counselling is not about giving you advice, some clients prefer more directive therapy. However, the goal is to move you towards self-directed growth.
What does a counsellor do?
A counsellor brings you to the awareness of your own inner resources and strengths to overcome the obstacles that are keeping you stuck in your life. As such he/she facilitates your progress and encourages you to see new perspectives.
Can I have counselling even though I’m not really ill?
Anyone can have counselling!
Can I afford counselling?
My rates are R550 per 50 minute session.
What will I talk about?
Counseling gives you free reign to talk about whatever it is that brings you to therapy. However, if you feel “in the dark” I can lead you to more specific questions which may help the dialogue flow more easily for you.
What is difference between a counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist?
A Psychiatrist has completed a specialised medical degree and prescribes medication. A counsellor is much the same as a psychologist except that a psychologist has completed a Master’s Degree and is able to diagnose.
How long is the process of counselling?
Some people say counselling is a life-long journey, others prefer a series of short sessions. It depends on your unique needs.
How much do I need to pay for counselling?
My rates are R550 per session.
Do normal people need counselling?
All kinds of people can receive counselling.
Is counselling or psychotherapy right for me?
If you are open-minded and willing to enter a therapeutic process, the chances are it will be right for you. Growth is essential to the human condition and as long as you are on a growth trajectory, you are progressing.
How can counselling or psychotherapy help me?
Counselling can help you to identify the areas in your life where you are stuck or not living in integrity. If you are stuck, you will feel a sense of “not getting anywhere” and therapy helps to unblock these areas of stuckness. Once these areas are identified, you can begin to live a life more in alignment with who you really are, your values and your essence.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
Medication is not a substitute for therapy, however, it is a very important adjunct to assisting mental health conditions and a Psychiatrist can advise you on this.
Are your services covered by medical aid?
I am a cash-based practice.
How many sessions will I need?
Depending on your unique needs, you could need anything from 3-12 sessions. I believe therapy is a process and sometimes the most significant changes occur deeper into the therapeutic process.
How long is a session?
Sessions are 50 minutes long.
Can I make an appointment for a family member or friend?
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