FAQS

What can I expect?

A clinical psychologist will:

  • Listen and attend sensitively to your life story / problems
  • Offer confidential and transparent services
  • Provide a supportive and caring environment for you to explore the problem/s you encounter
  • Help you to identify, understand and make sense of your problems
  • Support you in the process of challenging and confronting your problems

A clinical psychologist will not:

  • Prescribe medication.
  • A referral to your general practitioner or psychiatrist can be made if necessary.
  • Read your mind.
  • You can choose how and when you tell your psychologist what.
  • Give you a quick-fix solution or cure for your problems.
  • All problems and people are unique and no standard cures can be offered.
  • Therapy is a joint effort and can be hard work.

What is a clinical psychologist?

A clinical psychologist is a professional person with at least seven years of university education and training. All qualified and practicing psychologists are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.This professional body ensures that all psychologists adhere to high standards of practice and ethics. To launch a complaint against any medical practitioner, the Health Professions Council of SA can be contacted on Tel 012 338 9300.

What does a clinical psychologist do?

People leading everyday lives may experience difficult life circumstances that can lead to problems. A psychologist forms a team with individuals and groups against problems. Understanding and insight into the effects of problems on our lives can be discovered. Together ways to ‘take a stand’ against adversity are explored.

Confidentiality

All information and experiences you share with your psychologist are confidential.

No information may be shared without your written permission. No information is given to family members, employers or anyone else without you specific request or consent.

Stefan Blom – As a practicing clinical psychologist in Cape Town I enjoy working with adults and young people.

What interest me at present is individual and couple work with a specific focus on gender issues, the practices of power and abuse, commitment, respect, love, conflict, dependence and separateness, self-care, connection and growth. These interests are shaped in various personal and professional contexts through therapeutic practice, teaching, writing and simply living!

I am privileged to do what I love.

The road ahead

The psychologist stands with you looking at the road ahead. It is important to look at what changes you would like to make in your life, how to get there and the implications of your choices. Therapy can lead to awareness and movement. This process of ‘seeing’ and making changes can be challenging, as much as it can be enriching and rewarding. This is a first chance for you and the psychologist to discuss your life experiences or problems. Together you will decide on the next step forward.This may involve scheduling further appointments or identifying other profes- sionals who may be in a better position to assist you. A tailor-made agreement will be entered into between you and your psychologist about the nature of the ‘road ahead’. Together decisions can be made about all aspects of therapy like time, cost and expected outcome. Psychologists work in several different ways. Find a psychologist that suits you.