F.A.Q

For a Clinical, Counselling or Educational psychologist to be practicing in South Africa, he or she needs to be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders to get a practice number.  Registration at the Practice Code Numbering System enables him or her to claim directly from your medical aid. The psychologists at our practice are all registered at the above mentioned organizations. Johan, Karlien, Carin and Ilze are registered at these institutions.

If you are not certain or if you do not see the registration certificate hanging on the walls in the practice or on the business cards of the psychologist, feel free to ask. Remember that you always have the right to have your say.

This purely depends on who you will feel more comfortable with. If you are uncertain and need more guidance who you need to make an appointment with, you are welcome to phone our rooms and talk to one of our psychologists. A general guideline may be to look at relationships in your life and people of authority and becoming aware who you identify with better. It is also important to take this into account when making an appointment for both you and your spouse, in the case of couples or marriage counseling.  Remain sensitive to the needs and likes of your spouse, especially when you need buy-inn from him/her.

Yes you can! Card payments or Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) are also very safe, cheaper and the preferred method of payment. We do have credit and debit card facilities.  You can however also pay cash for the session.  The individual practices are all contracted out which means that you have to pay for your session directly after the session.  You will be provided with a statement that you can send in to your medical aid for a refund.  This way you will always be in control of your spend and know exactly what the fund available for psychology would be.  There is a small fee that most medical funds pay short on the amount we charge and you are welcome to phone the office and ask Joanien for more information regarding payments.

Each psychologist at our offices is contracted out and this means that you will have to pay for the session directly after.  However, you will be provided with a statement directly after the session you can send in to your medical fund and  claim the amount back they would be paying.  We however still recommend that you confirm with your medical aid what your benefits for psychological services are. Often this type of service is deducted from your day to day savings account.  If your medical fund does not provide any benefits for psychotherapy, payment remains your responsibility.

Our fees for psychotherapy are based on the guidelines for tarrifs for psychotherapy and are annually adjusted to these guidelines. You are welcome to phone our rooms and get the latest update on tariffs. Usually fee changes take place at the start of every year and for 2018 our fee for the standard 51-60 min session is R1030.  Our psychologists are contracted out which means that you will have to pay for each session after the session  and will be provided with a statement you can send to your medical fund for reimbursement.  For hospital visits, we charge the 50% modifier extra as suggested by the medical funds as these claims are usually paid by your fund under the hospital authorization codes.  Accounts are not handled by ERASMUSTHERAPY. Feel free to contact Joanien at our office number or email, who will gladly assist your with further information or direct you to the company dealing with our accounts.

This is difficult to predict as it differs from person to person and situation to situation. We suggest that you prepare yourself for a few sessions and believe that you yourself will know when you are ready to terminate therapy. We will also give you guidance during your process. Therapy sessions at our rooms,  usually happen weekly. Intervals between sessions held at hospitals may be shorter, depending on the situation, condition, further availability and the need of the patient.

A therapy session at our rooms usually has a duration of between 51-60 minutes. We also do consultations at most major hospitals in and around Pretoria when a patient is admitted in a hospital and is in need of psychotherapy or support  while being admitted. These sessions can be shorter, depending on the circumstances.

You just phone our consulting rooms and make an appointment. It is not necessary to be formally referred by a doctor. Our secretary will help you to find a time that will suit you best and arrange the session with you. She will also give you directions on how to get to our rooms. At our rooms you will be asked to fill out a form which will include general contact information and medical aid details.

As we also provide therapy whilst you are admitted in hospital, we can also see you during your hospitalization. To enable us to see you for coping with the effects of the medical procedure or help deal with anxiety of stress before or after the procedure, ask your doctor to phone us to make an arrangement to see you in hospital. These sessions are normally covered by your medical aid as part of treatment during hospitalization. The suggested fees for sessions in hospital and after hours are higher. It is thus important to make sure about the limitations of your medical aid.

A psychologist is a scientist and/or clinician who studies psychology, the systematic investigation of the human mind, including behavior and cognition. Psychologists are usually categorized under a number of different fields, the most well-recognized being clinical- and counselling psychologists, who provide mental health care, and research psychologists, who conduct substantive and applied research. (wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry and is certified in treating mental illness.[1] As part of their evaluation of the patient, psychiatrists are one of only a few mental health professionals who may prescribe psychiatric medication, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret laboratory tests and electroencephalograms, and may order brain imaging studies such as computed tomography or computed axial tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and positron emission tomography scanning.  (wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Psychotherapy is an interpersonal, relational intervention used by trained psychotherapists to aid clients in problems of living. This usually includes increasing individual sense of well-being and reducing subjective discomforting experience. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change and that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family). (wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Do you feel generally 'OK-isch' but feel that you can achieve more and are uncertain how? Do you sometimes doubt your ability or feel that there must be more to “it”? Are relationships not working out as you intended? Do you feel as if you can just stay inside or in bed all day, not speak to anyone today or tomorrow or ever? Does it all feel just too much at times or as if things do not make sense any longer? Do you feel that you are losing the ones that care for you and love you? Do you sometimes fear things that others seem to do in their stride and don't think about twice? Is your functioning significantly impaired because of what is happening or not happening in your life? Do you feel quite 'normal' but may just need a bit of perspective or reflection on this?

If you could see yourself in one or more of the above questions, then you might benefit from consulting a psychologist.

Surely a simple, “Yes, everyone needs a psychologist from time to time!” will not do. Seeing a psychologist does not mean that one is “mad”, out of your mind, have lost it completely or that you have got a psychological problem. On the contrary, it may indicate that you have got "guts" to address things that you find difficult in your life or that you have got vision and want to achieve more than now. Although we also deal with more 'heavy' stuff like trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and other clinical disorders, we mostly see 'normal' people with everyday difficulties for which they want some or other solution, redefinition or different perspective.

Psychology has changed from a predominantly pathogenic focus to also include many elements of positive psychology.

Thus, not only looking at what is wrong in a person's life, but also at what is right and how to utilize that to reach your full potential.

So come on, what have you got to lose? It may just change your life and possibly the lives of those around you too!

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Tel: 012 362 7380
Sanlam Street    
Lynnrodene, Pretoria

PO Box 75620
Lynnwood Ridge
0040

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