COUNSELLING

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

 
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WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THE FIRST SESSION?

  1. In the first session, the client will complete a personal information sheet as well as signing a confidentiality form -If the counselling is for an under-aged child (12 years and younger) the parent/s will then be obligated to sign a confidentiality form on behalf of the child agreeing to the information given. 
     

  2. It is important to get a background of the client and a better understanding of what the client wants to achieve by attending these counselling sessions. 
     

  3. After the first session, the counselling process will then be able to take form as the client expresses their thoughts, feelings and emotions.

HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED?

Everyone’s circumstances are different therefore, the number of sessions will vary from person to person. The counsellor will evaluate the situation and discuss the individual plan with the client. The intention of the counselling sessions is not to prolong sessions but for the client to try and find some solutions in going forward as soon as he/she is ready. 

The number of counselling sessions required may vary and the client can at any point decide to withdraw. However, in practice it is found that depending on the severity of the problem, clients usually see a difference within the following timeframes:

  • 1-4 sessions

  • 1-6 sessions

  • 1-12 Sessions (for more severe cases)

In the first session, personal information and the consent form will be completed. Afterwards, the primary reason for attending counselling will be discussed. It is also relevant to get the client’s background/history in the first session in order to get a better perspective of helping with the healing process. 

HOW DOES THE THERAPY PROCESS WORK?

Registered Counsellors are not permitted to do psychotherapy and if this is required a referral will be made to a Psychologist. The first session you will be attending will include the administrative process of completing the documentation and thereafter the reason/ problem will be discussed. After the first session, the counsellor can give you an idea of what to expect in the next session and how many sessions are envisaged. This will be re-assessed as the sessions proceed. 

It is also important for the client to be honest and open about their feelings, experiences and anxieties. This will allow the counsellor and client to be able to work together developing coping skills and allowing the client to deal with or avoid similar situations. The counsellor is there to facilitate the process for the client and to look at possible solutions or ways forward.   

DO YOU ACCEPT MEDICAL AID PAYMENTS?

I am registered with the (BHF) Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa – (Practice Number 0816639) and I am recognized by most medical aids.  I strongly advise contacting your medical aid as early as possible to determine if they cover the cost of counselling sessions and the number of sessions they are prepared to cover. If the medical aid does not cover the claim, you remain responsible for the account.

Once the payment has been made by EFT you will receive a statement which can then be used to claim from your medical aid. 

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF A SESSION?

HOW FREQUENTLY WILL I ATTEND SESSIONS?

The duration of a session is 50 minutes.

Sessions typically take place only once a week.

HOW DOES THE PAYMENT PROCESS WORK?

In order for a counselling session to take place, an upfront fee of *R520/R480 should be paid by EFT to confirm the scheduling of the session.

WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR A COUNSELLING SESSION?

*Face to face counselling session is R520 / Online counselling session is R480

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Riesling Villas, Riesling Street

Oude Westhof

Bellville, Western Cape

7530

Monique Schneigansz
072 731 8305 | monique@counsellingms.co.za

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Monday - Friday: 08h00 -18h00
*Closed on Public Holidays

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