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HOW TO CHOOSE A PSYCHOLOGIST IN JOHANNESBURG

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Robbie Pearman  |  Psychologist  |  Johannesburg

April 14 2020

Admitting you need help to face life’s issues is sometimes one of the hardest things a person will have to do, therefore, finding a psychologist that fits all the criteria you need help for should not be a rushed decision. It should take some time and effort as engaging in therapy and putting in the effort, requires a significant amount of vulnerability and honesty, and finding a therapist you trust to share that will be the driving force for the amount of time it takes you to heal and grow. If you choose a therapist that you do not feel connected with, chances are you won’t make much progress.

I’ve put together some tips below for choosing the right psychologist in Johannesburg for you.

#1

DECIDE WHY YOU WANT TO START THERAPY

By understanding your own reasons and goals it will be easier to narrow the search and find the ideal psychologist for your specific needs. Questions worth asking yourself are:

1. Why am I looking to see a psychologist? Am I feeling lonely? Depressed? going through a major life transition? Are my relationships getting affected?

2. Are you looking for therapy for yourself, you and your partner, or is it more a family matter and involves more than 2 people?

3. What do you want to get out of the process? Ask yourself what would consititute a successful therapy process for me? Or in other words, if the answer to question 1) was “I feel depressed”, what would be different in my life if the depression was gone?

Different psychologists specialise in different age groups and life issues. If you don’t know yet what type of psychologist best fits your needs yet, that’s OK. But identifying the underlying issue can help narrow the search for psychologists who specialise in the area you need help with.

#2

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PSYCHOLOGIST IN JOHANNESBURG

The most effective psychologists have a wide net of experience dealing with your specific problem areas and they should integrate what has worked but also customise their work for the person in front of them (the person seeking therapy.) Consider what you would look for if you were searching for a teacher on a specific subject or a doctor for a specific condition. Ask the psychologist about his or her training and experience specifically related to your condition.

It also helps to keep in mind the following when you are making your decision:

• Communication style: You should feel comfortable talking with your psychologist and feel like they are supporting your information needs. When you ask a question, take notice of how he or she responds. Does he or she welcome your questions and answer them in ways that you can understand?

• Gender: It’s important to feel comfortable with your psychologist’s gender because you will need to openly discuss personal information.

• Location: How far do you want to travel for face-to-face sessions? Or do you feel more comfortable doing online sessions?

The most important thing is to find a psychologist you feel comfortable with. Your therapist should respect your individuality, opinions, and feelings.

#3

DO YOUR RESEARCH ABOUT Choosing A PSYCHOLOGIST IN JOHANNESBURG

Once you have a general idea as to why you want to attend counselling and who you might want to see, start researching. Thanks to google you have many options at your fingertips. Googling “psychologist in Johannesburg”, for example, will generate many website results for you to browse through until you find a handful of psychologists that you might resonate with. Don’t forget to look out for the psychologist’s HPCSA practice number on their website which means they are licensed to practice.

Most psychologists who have their own websites will include a summary about themselves and the way they practice. They may have written blog articles or may also be active on social media. This information can help you find ‘a good fit.’

Aside from Google, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family, they might have a good referral for you based on their experience.

#4

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Once you’ve got a handful of possible psychologists you would like to know more from, plan to contact them either through email or phone (message first though) to inquire about therapy. Not all of them will be able to accept your medical aid right away or take your insurance, which is why it’s important to have a setlist of questions which you should ask each psychologist, such as:

• What is your treatment philosophy?

• What are your main areas of expertise?

• Have you helped someone with symptoms like mine before? Are they doing better now?

Or any other important questions you may have.

Once you have decided on a psychologist who you’d like to work with – make the appointment! You might feel nervous about speaking to a therapist about your most personal thoughts and feelings, but remember it is normal to have anxiety when meeting someone for the first time. The psychologist you see is trained to deal with your feelings and will guide you through your session with ease.

I’m a psychologist in Johannesburg situated in Randburg, in close proximity to the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, such as Rosebank and Sandton.

I work with individuals, couples, families, and small groups to address current challenges with a solution-focused approach. These challenges may include some more common complaints such as depression, and anxiety, or those trying to come to terms with trauma or bereavement.

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