Frequently asked questions

o CBT is a form of psychotherapy that has been known to be valuable in facilitating the essential changes needed to overcome a wide variety of difficulties, including depression and anxiety amongst others. CBT explores our response patterns to situational triggers by examining our underlying maladaptive (negative) belief systems. These belief systems are thinking patterns we have formed to make sense of ourselves and our world, and therefore become the filters we use when interpreting things that happen to us and subsequently drive our emotional, behavioural and physical reactions. By using the cognitive model, we are able to identify and change what is maintaining our maladaptive belief systems and thinking patterns, and therefore our problems. CBT is solution focussed and aims to provide the client with tools to deal with both current and future difficulties.

o The average number of sessions required for adult and adolescent therapy is more or less 15, but this all depends on the individual, the difficulty they are experiencing, and the progress made in each session. Sessions are usually scheduled every week or second week, but as therapy reaches its end stages, sessions are spaced further apart.

For individual therapy a session usually lasts about 60 minutes, for couples or families I recommend a 90-minute session.

On arrival you will be asked to complete a document with your information, if you haven’t completed it beforehand, please allow for a few minutes prior to your session for this. The first session takes the form of an interview, this allow me to gain an understanding of you as an individual, the difficulties you are experiencing and the effect of these on your life. From this understanding we will outline a plan with the different identified dimensions we can address. This plan is not set in stone but allows for a general direction for therapy. If any difficulty is shown to be causing immense distress which needs to be addressed immediately, time is made for this.

I prefer that couples to attend the first session together, as the dynamics of the couple are easier to observe with both parties present. During the session I allow for both parties to share their views on the difficulties they are experiencing. I find that allowing both parties to hear the others concerns is essential in building a platform for change. However, I understand that some couples may prefer separate sessions to highlight difficulties they may not want to air in front of their partner. If the couple prefers individual sessions may be scheduled.

Yes, your confidentiality will be maintained at all times. I work in such a way to ensure you as an individual are protected, no information will be disclosed without your consent. Any possible limits to therapeutic confidentiality (required by law, how confidentiality is handled in couple sessions, reports, etc.) will be discussed if the need arises.

Yes, Rivonia Therapy Centre follows Covid-19 protection protocols. We take the safety of our clients seriously and adhere to measures to ensure this. Our receptionist will take your temperature at arrival, as well as follow a symptom screening questionnaire. Our waiting area is spaced out in such a manner to allow safe distances between clients. Our offices are also widely spaced out, with good ventilation.

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