CONSENT FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
Terms and conditions
Our first session will involve an evaluation of the client history and needs to determine a likely treatment plan. The length of psychotherapy depends on various factors including, the presenting difficulty, the style of the client and the preferred working method of the therapist.
If the session is conducted online, it is done as a normal psychological consultation. In such case it is important that you make the following arrangements to ensure an optimal service:
-If possible, rather use your laptop than your mobile phone.
-It may be useful to test the link beforehand and to make sure everything works well.
-Please make sure that you have an adequate connection and data for an hour.
-The best camera position will be to show both your head and chest, not face only.
-Please make sure that you are in a private and quiet place for the full session.
-Please have your water, tissues, and whatever you may need handy.
-If we lose the connection please simply retry twice.
-If we cannot reconnect please phone me on 083 800 9719.
Psychologists that are registered under the HPCSA adhere to a strict ethical code of conduct. Confidentiality means the personal information of the client and what is shared with the psychologist verbally or in writing, shall be strictly kept confidential.
Confidentiality will only be broken in the case where the client has given written consent to do so, the client is under the age of 14 and the parents/ legal guardians have given written consent to disclose information, disclosing of information is by court order or the therapist discloses confidential information as this disclosure is in the client’s or public’s best interest.
The client Is responsible to make appointments, which can be done online on the practice website, via email or telephonically.
If an appointment is not cancelled 2 hours in advance, the client will be held liable for the full consultation fee. Appointments can be cancelled telephonically, with WhatsApp/SMS or on the practice website.
FEES AND PAYMENT
Our fees are based on prevailing medical fund rates, or R1180 per hour, and where possible the practice will claim directly from the client’s medical fund. It is important for online clients to verify your medical fund status and reimbursement policy for telemedicine. The client remains liable for the outstanding payment on receipt of monthly statement, as well as all legal costs resulting from legal action/debt collection against the client for not settling the account on time. If the account is more than 60 days overdue, the client will be charged interest, at a fair rate, according to the relevant legislature.