The first two sessions centre on getting to know each other and are diagnostic in nature. Thereafter weekly or bi-monthly sessions for out patients and daily sessions for in patients are scheduled. Sessions on average take 50 minutes and range between 12-22 appointments, unless where more complex personality factors are contributory, which would take much longer. Medical aid rates, plus a levy for new out patients, applies.
A social learning group is currently being organized. This group will be suitable for those who have had some preparation during individual therapy. The beginners group will have 6-12 homogeneous members, covering four modules over four weeks. An advanced open, more experiential group is an optional follow-up, for a period of three months.
Couples therapy based on a Cognitive-Behavioural Systems approach is provided.
Mentoring & Training
Professional mentoring and guidance to other health practitioners in establishing themselves as CBT therapists is available. It is foreseen that a national standard for CBT practice will be set in SA in the near future, as is recommended internationally. Workshops to aid those that work in disadvantaged communities and that accommodate specific cultural groups exist in many countries. This is a developmental area in SA with growth potential.
A ten week, internationally supervised course in Cognitive Therapy in view of certification is available in Pretoria from June 2016. Please email for more detail.
What is mindfulness? It is being aware of and being in the present moment, without any form of judgment, by just experiencing the here and now. It is learning to receive what happens in life, rather than to react to or try to change it. Attention is focused on the present, rather than on the past or future. In mindfulness we take an observant and curious stance to what happens, whether it be pleasant or unpleasant.
There are several benefits to practicing mindfulness. Physical health improves, less worry and criticism ensues, more acceptance and difference in relating to experiences are achieved.
Wherever You Go there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Urban Mindfulness by Jonathan Kaplan
Mindfulness, a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams (includes a CD with guided meditation)
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain and illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Contemplative Prayer by T Merton & TN Hanh (Christian)
Meeting God: Elements of Hindu devotion by S Huyler (Hindu)
Meditation and Kabbalah by A Kaplan (Judaism)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – Institute for Mindfulness South Africa www.mindfulness.org.za