How long is a session?
Sessions are typically 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I come for?
Your needs will be assessed on an individual basis, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to therapy. I can offer first impressions about the problem after we meet but normally I need 2 sessions to properly evaluate your needs.
The number of sessions required varies from person to person depending of the unique situation. Short-term therapy is usually 6 to 10 weekly sessions followed by fortnightly follow-ups as needed; mid-length therapy may range from 6 to 12 months and longer-term therapy may be open ended.
Sessions are scheduled at the same time each week. Initially, it is best to meet weekly; this allows us to build a relationship and kick-starts the therapy process. Once therapy aims are being met, less regular sessions may assist in consolidating and maintaining aims.
How I work
I draw on different modalities as needed. I was privileged to train with some great teachers during my masters at UCT and later in Joburg at Tara and Chris Hanie Baragwaneth; as a result I can draw on different schools of thought in my therapy.
I generally base my thinking in a psychodynamic paradigm, where therapy includes and explores the ways in which the past informs the present. However, I draw on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy at times when these approaches may be particularly helpful (bearing current research in mind). What I recommend will depend on a number of factors such as the reason for seeking therapy, the number of sessions you are able to attend, your previous experiences of therapy (if any), as well as what you would like.
I am excited by current research in neuropsychology and mindfulness, which also informs my work.
What will our sessions be like?
I will aim to provide a safe space where we can understand and explore your experiences together with the aim of helping you connect with what is important to you. Our sessions may bring a feeling of relief or calm at times, however, because past experiences are often discussed and change can be difficult, therapy can be painful and sessions may feel very hard. Although the therapeutic process can be difficult, it can be the most rewarding journey of your life.
Who comes to therapy?
I get asked this a lot, and it's difficult to answer as everyone is unique and no circumstances are exactly the same. However, there are some patterns. Often, therapy is about change, wanted or unwanted. There may be a new circumstance that needs to be navigated or change may be desired but difficult to achieve (e.g. more fulfilling relationships/ a change in behaviour patterns). Sometimes old coping mechanisms are no longer working and something new is needed.
Are family members included in therapy with teenagers?
Family involvement is often important in therapy with teenagers. This starts with the first session, where it is best if the child’s parents are present. The needs of the child and family are assessed and a plan (which may include family sessions or feedback sessions) is discussed and agreed.