“What does it cost to see a psychologist?”
Clients are billed according to the time they spend with a psychologist.
My fee for an educational assessment is charged at an hourly rate of R900 (2018). If the session is claimed directly from a medical scheme there may be a surcharge. Cash fee for a full educational assessment (this includes a parent/caregiver interview, the assessment and a feedback session with the parent/caregiver) amounts to R3 000 (August 2018).
If you are paying by cash or EFT, therapy is charged at R650 (2018) for a 45 minute session with your child. This amount will be more if claimed directly from a medical scheme.
Please don’t let financial constraints prevent you from making contact with me. I can advise of more affordable options.
“Can you claim directly from my Medical Aid?”
Yes, I can claim directly from most medical aids. Please note that currently (August 2018) GEMS and POLMED will not cover the services of an Educational Psychologist.
You can also pay me directly, taking advantage of the early payment discount, and then claim yourself. Please be aware that to claim from your medical aid my invoice must have an ICD-10 code that will describe the reason for the consultation.
You would need to ensure that you have sufficient funds and that your particular scheme does not require pre-authorisation. When you call your medical scheme they will need my BHF Practice Number (0135720) and probably a tariff code (e.g. 86205 = 60 minutes). If your medical aid is exhausted you remain responsible for the settlement of the account.
“I am divorced. Do I have to tell my ex-spouse about the assessment?”
Ethically, I am required to get consent from both parents before assessing or seeing a child for therapy regardless of who is paying for the sessions. Both parents have a right to their own copy of the assessment report.
I prefer to get background information from both parents and primary caregivers (this may be a grandparent) before seeing a child as this helps me to get a fuller picture of the child’s functioning and life experiences. It is in the best interest of the child if both parents can agree to having an assessment/therapy and it allows me to build a relationship with the caregivers so that my feedback is accepted. It also gives parents a chance to tell their side of the story and an opportunity to ask questions.
“Can I see you today?”
If an existing client has a genuine emergency I will attempt to accommodate them in my diary. Unfortunately this is not usually possible for a new referral. If it is a critical emergency then I recommend you contact your doctor for advice or look in the local directories for a clinical psychologist.
I consider the relationship between me and those visiting my practice to be the most essential ingredient in the healing and growth process. I can give the best care to the families and children who consult with me when I am relaxed, attentive and centered. In order to maintain this preferred state I need to be wary of overcrowding my diary and/or overextending my work hours as I balance my needs with those of my clients. I trust that by setting boundaries in this way I will be enabling my clients to love and care for themselves.