HCPSA Registered Psychologist | Psychotherapist
The demands of everyday life can be difficult to deal with for all of us at times, possibly leaving us feeling anxious, low and unable to cope as well as we would like. While we may be more familiar with asking for help from others in dealing with various things in our lives, this may feel more difficult or uncomfortable when it involves asking for help with our mental health. Talking about your mental health with someone who is comfortable and familiar with such issues, who can listen without judgement and who genuinely would like to explore helpful ways forward with you, may be a helpful first step.
I am a registered psychologist in Durban (Glenwood), working from a home-based consulting office, offering ADULTS (18 years or older) client-centered and client-tailored INDIVIDUAL psychotherapy (counselling), together with psychological screening, assessments and psycho-education. I have been in private practice since 1993, with additional experience as a lecturer, student counsellor, police psychologist, trainer and psychosocial training and resources development consultant.
As a psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), I can offer you a safe confidential professional space to explore your concerns with a view to collaboratively working with you to help facilitate meaningful change using a combination of psychotherapeutic techniques. I have experience in working with a range of clients with various concerns, belief systems, spiritual orientations, lifestyles, cultures and the like. Clients can be self-referred or referred by another health worker (e.g., general practitioner, psychiatrist, social worker, employer, pastor).
The focus of therapy is to develop and maintain a good working relationship in order to collaboratively facilitate meaningful change. As an integrative psychotherapist,, I would most likely use one or more types of psychological techniques [e.g., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy (PCT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Behavioural Activation, amongst others].
The psychological techniques used are guided by clients' preferences as well as commonly accepted 'treatment guidelines' (best practice) for the difficulties being experienced by the client, and the kinds of changes the client would like to make. These guidelines are informed by research which attempts to determine which psychotherapy techniques tend to be more effective with particular problems (e.g., anxiety, depression).
First meeting: The first appointments is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about psychotherapy (counselling) in general. It is also a good time for you to gauge whether there is sufficient potential to develop a good working relationship with me - your therapist.
Your first appointment with me will be longer than the standard 60-minute therapy consultations most people are used to. All first appointments are 90-minutes long and charged as such. During this time, we will discuss the difficulties you are facing and what you are hoping to gain from psychotherapy. An important goal of the first consultation is to decide whether the services I offer are well suited to assisting you with your unique concerns and the changes that you would like to make. On those rare occasions where it is agreed that the services I offer are not a good match, I will make suggestions regarding what service/s may be better suited to your needs and, where possible, provide contact details to facilitate referral.
Weekly sessions are typically required at first for psychotherapy to have the best chance of success. When you have made sufficient progress in therapy and feel that you are managing to cope better, sessions can be spaced further apart to fortnightly or monthly. Given the current Covid-19 pandemic face-to-face appointments are temporarily suspended and online appointments are available to most clients.
Follow-up appointments: If we decide that my services (and experience) are well suited to your needs, and that you feel comfortable working with me, then we will schedule additional appointments. All future appointments (sessions) will typically be 60-minutes long, but I am quite flexible and offer 90-minute and 120-minute consultations on request too. For example, some clients find it easier to have a longer session every second week rather than a weekly 60-minute session. Clients who live far away tend to prefer longer consultations less frequently too.
- To make an appointment
- Appointment times
- Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 17:00 pm.
Closed weekends and public holidays.
- Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 17:00 pm.
- Cancellations or missed appointments
- Full fee is charged if appointments are missed or not cancelled with at least 24 hours notice given before the scheduled appointment.
Standard appointment (51-60 minutes):
- R1030 (EFT/ cash paying clients)
- R1030-R1077.80 (if claimed from medical aid)
First appointment (81-90 minutes):
- R1535 (EFT/cash paying clients)
- R1373.40-R1665.40 (if claimed from medical aid)
Professional reports or forms:
- R290 (EFT/cash paying clients)
- R290.10-R343.20 (if claimed from medical aid)
- Includes: Completion of medical aid scheme authorisation forms (e.g., PMB) and short reports (<30 minutes) to medical doctors, employers, etc.
Payments can be made by:
- Cash (Please bring the exact amount on the day)
- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) (Preferred)
- Medical aid scheme (Claims submitted directly)
- Before booking an appointment: Please check with your medical aid scheme that your policy/plan pays for psychological services and what restrictions apply (e.g., annual limit, referral required, authorisation number needed, etc).
Crisis/ emergency information±
This practice does not offer a mental health crisis or emergency service. If you feel extremely distressed and and in need of urgent care please seek immediate medical assistance (e.g., you do not feel that you are able to keep yourself or others safe safe, are having suicidal thoughts and fear you may harm yourself; or feel that you may be a danger to others). Please contact your medical doctor (GP) and/or psychiatrist and/or go to the 24/7 emergency (trauma) unit of your nearest hospital to obtain medical assistance. Prompt psychotherapy appointments can be arranged thereafter.
Some helpful services if you are feeling very distressed:
- Lifeline: 24-hour Crisis Line (Durban), phone 031 3122323
- South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 24-hour Helpline: phone 0800567567 (suicide helpline) or 0800212223 (helpline) or 0800456789 (helpline)
- Childline: 24-hour Crisis Line, phone 0800055555 (telephonic and online counselling services)
Offer INDIVIDUAL counselling to ADULT clients (18+ years) for:
- Anxiety related problems [e.g., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), etc.]
- Mood related problems (e.g., Depression, Bipolar Mood Spectrum Disorder, Dysthymia, etc.)
- Adjustment to significant life events and transitions (i.e., undergoing a major life change; e.g., ending of an important relationship, losing/changing job, developing a serious illness (e.g., cancer diagnosis, heart attack), being the victim of a crime, coping with the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, etc.)
- Trauma counselling (e.g., after a car accident, health crisis or crime-related incidents such as hijackings, muggings, home invasions, robberies, etc.). Individual and family counselling is offered.
- Recovery for adult survivors of alcoholic and other dysfunctional families, including childhood emotional neglect (CEN) , with a focus on the relationship difficulties and unhelpful relationship patterns that result from this (this trauma syndrome is also known as ‘Adult Children of Alcoholics’ (ACoA / ACA) or ‘codependency’).
- Individual counselling for interpersonal / relationship difficulties (Excludes couple/family counselling)
- Career guidance counselling for adults (e.g., those considering studying further or a career change)
- Relaxation training (Manage distress and anxiety using guided visualisation, breathing techniques, etc.)
- Personal growth psychotherapy, coaching, and/or peer supervision for those in the mental health professions (Includes students/ interns; reduced rates available with proof of registration)
- Counselling for employees (e.g., Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Wellness counselling) Concern/problem must be within my scope of practice
- Loss and bereavement (grief related difficulties)
Services not offered:
- Child, family, couple/marital or educational assessment or counselling
- Forensic (psycho-legal) assessments/ reports (e.g., expert witness)
- Some mental health problems (e.g., eating disorders, psychotic disorders, drug or alcohol addictions, personality disorders)
While I do regularly work with clients in individual counselling on difficulties concerning their important personal, family and/or work relationships, I do not offer couple / marital / family counselling. If you need types of counselling I do not offer, then please consider using the online directory of the Durban Practising Psychologists’ Group to search for appropriately experienced registered psychologists. The best way to search is to select 'Directory' at the top of their home screen as you can easily refine your search on the right hand side of the screen to get the most relevant search results. Usually the profile of each psychologist provides helpful information regarding the kinds of clients they work with (e.g., children / adolescents, adults, groups, families, etc.), their focus areas (e.g., couple/marital counselling, play therapy, neuropsychological assessment, personality disorders, forensic services and so on.), and their contact details.
An integrative approach to psychotherapy is mainly used. This tailors treatment to the specific needs of each client by combining different forms of psychotherapy and their techniques. The main kinds of psychotherapy used are:
- Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Person centered therapy (Rogerian)
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Relaxation training
- Basic mindfulness
- Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) registered (Registration Number: PS0035971; Specialisation: Counselling Psychologist)
- BHF/PCNS registered (Practice Number: 8624267)
- Peer supervised by by a senior registered psychologist
Practice summary information±
Kevin Suter | Registered Counselling Psychologist | PsychotherapistIndependent private counselling psychology practice for adult clients (20+) offering a psychotherapy service in Glenwood, Berea, Durban area and surrounding areas.
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