FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you think you may need therapy but are unsure try out our therapy questionnaire to help you decide. Answer yes or no to the following questions:

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Many couples struggle with poor communication skills or dealing with the demands and stressors of everyday life that detract from the quality of their interpersonal relationships. If you and your partner find yourself in this position and are feeling unhappy or dissatisfied it’s time to do something about it. Many couples just leave it and hope things will change. Often this just makes the situation worse which becomes noticeable over time. Rather act now! Contact Bryanwood about couples therapy.

We practice individual therapy that is private and confidential. No matter how big or small your problem is, if it is important to you, it is important to us. Individual therapy offers an objective environment with a person who is there to listen and guide you.

You could possibly be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Worrying can impact your health by promoting certain illnesses, decreasing sleep, affecting sexual performance and creating problems in your personal relationships. It is important to manage your stress and anxiety effectively. Therapy can help you manage your anxiety to create a more calm and meaningful life.

You could be experiencing depression. This tends to change how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Daily activities and duties may become overwhelming or uninteresting. You may find that you feel pessimistic about many things. It is even likely that your sleep and eating patterns are disturbed.

No! Therapy is also a way of optimising mental health and well-being that aims to improve the quality of your life and enhance interpersonal relationships and personal growth. Many people have questions about the purpose of life or where they are going. Therapy can help you develop a pathway that is more fulfilling.

As we mature and begin to find our feet in life, or even later in life when one is established, questions around where one should be, or should be going become very real concerns. You may be in a job/career that is wrong for you or simply missing the opportunities that are available. We could provide guidance with therapy and assessments as to what the unique you really needs out of life and work.

Much research has been done on medical procedures and the success rate or healing ability that patients exhibit. It is widely documented currently that patients who understand what they are going through emotionally and learn to deal with this in the correct manner show a significantly higher percentage of recovery and healing than people who are not guided emotionally through illness or medical procedures. If you find yourself in this situation, why not consider individual therapy to provide to emotional support and a therapeutic environment to speed up the healing process.

Anybody can come for therapy. The common perception that therapy is for ‘crazies’ is extremely destructive and a complete misperception. Any person needing guidance, assistance or just a non-judgmental environment in which to explore themselves and their concerns can request therapy. In fact, every person can at some point benefit from another perspective to shed light on any situation. Therapy is simply a process where an individual/couple/family can freely express thoughts/feelings in a context that allows the patterns of behaviour and thought to be examined freely and constructively.

In order to achieve a more integrated life where individuals experience themselves fully and are more empowered in their lives, therapy is the route to choose. Parents are usually the first to recognize their child has a problem. The earlier that problems are addressed, the better the chances for improvement. By talking to your child’s teachers, after-care providers, or a close relative who interacts with your child, you can begin to get a more complete picture of how well your child is functioning.

  • Difficulty going to sleep/sleep walking
  • Difficulty taking part in activities that are normal for the child’s age
  • Refusal to go to school on a regular basis
  • Difficulties with peer relationships (no friends)
  • Bullying (perpetrator, or victim of)
  • Social withdrawal
  • Fearfulness
  • Frequent, unexplainable temper tantrums
  • Hyperactive behaviour and fidgeting, or constant movement beyond regular playtime activities
  • A steady and noticeable decline in school performance
  • A pattern of deliberate disobedience or aggression
  • Opposition to authority figures, and little or no remorse for breaking rules or norms
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Poor grades in school despite trying very hard
  • Pronounced difficulties with attention, concentration, or organization
  • Sustained, prolonged negative mood and attitude often accompanied by poor appetite, difficulty sleeping, or thoughts of death
  • Opposition to authority, truancy, theft, vandalism, and consistent violation and disregard of the rights of others.
  • Abuse of alcohol and/or drugs, or heavy tobacco use
  • Intense fear of becoming ‘obese’ with no relationship to actual body weight, constant dieting, restrictive eating habits, purging food, vomiting
  • Frequent outbursts of anger or inability to cope with problems and daily activities
  • Marked change in school performance
  • Marked changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Persistent nightmares or many physical complaints
  • Threats of self-harm; harm or violence toward others
  • Sexual acting out
  • Threats to run away
  • Strange thoughts and feelings and unusual behaviours
  • Your child has experienced a loss such as a death in the family
  • Your child has undergone any major adjustments such as Mom and Dad divorcing
  • Your child has experienced a trauma
  • Your child displays any of the following symptoms
    • Fearfulness
    • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
    • Social withdrawal
    • Difficulties with peer relationships (no friends)
    • Aggression towards others
    • Sadness or tearfulness
    • Threats to harm himself/herself
    • Bullying (perpetrator or victim)
    • Excessive tantrums
    • Frequent rule breaking behaviour problems at school or home
  • Lately I feel like I am on an emotional rollercoaster.
  • I feel generally unhappy.
  • My life is full and successful, yet I feel empty.
  • I worry a lot, to the point that it impacts on my work and relationships.
  • I often feel run down and fatigued.
  • I struggle to sleep at night/wake up in the morning.
  • I often suffer from minor ailments such as flu, postnasal drip, allergies, digestive discomfort, headaches, body aches, lethargy.
  • My anger comes out in ways that causes me or others significant distress.
  • I struggle with low self-esteem and/or low self-confidence.
  • I struggle to be assertive.
  • I need advice or support regarding choosing a career.
  • I am unhappy at work.
  • I want to change my career and need guidance.
  • I am worried about my child’s progress at school.
  • I worry about my child’s aggressiveness/withdrawal/social difficulties.
  • My child is not developmentally on the same level as his/her peers.
  • I think my child is using illegal substances or abusing substances.
  • I think my child is struggling with self-esteem or identity issues.
  • I am getting married and would like premarital counselling.
  • My partner and I are struggling to communicate.
  • My partner and I fight a lot of the time.
  • My partner and I struggle with intimacy.
  • I am going through a divorce that is stressful for me and/or for my children.
  • I am struggling to cope with my illness.
  • I have recently lost someone.
  • I have experienced a traumatic event that I need to cope with, including hi-jacking, burglaries, assault, accidents, etc.

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, therapy may be able to help you. Schedule an appointment with a therapist…

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Highbury House, Hampton Office Park, 20 Georgian Crescent East, Bryanston

Phone: 011.706.2269
Fax: 011.463.4765

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