Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Psychologist?
A Clinical Psychologist is a specialist professional in mental health, who has obtained training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of individuals suffering from a wide range of mental health problems. In treating mental health problems, these professionals primarily provide psychotherapy based on different treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy etc. In South-Africa these professionals must complete a Master’s Degree, a board examination, an internship and a community service before being able to practice independently. Clinical Psychologist’s also needs to undergo Continued Professional Development (CPD) in order to maintain their registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Apart from psychotherapy, Clinical Psychologists can also provide psychological assessment services, teach and undertake research in their field.

What happens in psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is primarily relationship based, which means that the psychologist would want to establish a therapeutic relationship with each client. This however takes some time, depending on each client’s personality and their presenting problem.

During the first few sessions with the client, the Psychologist might ask specific questions to obtain an understanding of the presenting problem and the client’s background information. This is primarily done in order to allow the Psychologist to understand the client and their presenting problem well enough to be able to develop a treatment plan to address the client’s concerns.

The Psychologist’s role is to be an objective and empathic listener who offers reflections and interpretations; helps finds links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours; and to challenge the client appropriately. The therapeutic process takes place within a confidential and collaborative relationship.

How long will psychotherapy take?
The length of the psychotherapy process is unique to each client. The duration is primarily determined by the client’s personality, their willingness to cooperate in therapy, their presenting problem and a range of other factors.  Psychotherapy can be short-term or long-term. Please discuss this with your Psychologist.
How much does therapy cost?

Medical Aid Rates apply. Private clients are charged at R1,100 per 51-60 min session.