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The term psychodynamic psychotherapy sounds intimidating. Generally this means that this type of psychotherapy is deeper in nature with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. The psychodynamic theoretical model focuses on gaining insight into your difficulties, how patterns have been formed through past experiences and bringing self-awareness into present life. Developing a deeper understanding of yourself hopes to bring about greater enjoyment, flexibility and fulfilment in your life.
Psychotherapy sessions are charged in accordance with medical aid rates set by the Board of Healthcare Funders. These rates are negotiable with your psychologist.
The practice is contracted out of medical aid. This means that clients pay their psychologist directly either via cash or EFT. Payments can be made per session or on a monthly basis. Your psychologist will invoice you at the end of every month. You can use this invoice to claim back from your medical aid if this option is available to you.
Psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
The timeline of psychotherapy varies from person to person depending on your needs. The initial phase of psychotherapy lasts between one and three sessions in which we try to understand what has brought you to psychotherapy and what your needs may be. After that phase we decide together on the best way forward in terms of when we will meet and how often.
This will depend on your need. However, we like to work with our clients at least once a week to stay connected to the depth of the psychotherapy process.
In the first session your psychologist aims to get a sense of who you are, where you come from and what has brought you to psychotherapy. This will entail your psychologist asking many questions. This first session also allows you to get a sense of who your psychologist is as a good psychologist-client fit is paramount.