01.

When conducting therapy with adults each session consists of a particular kind of conversation in which you decide what we talk about and there is room for honesty in a non judgmental space. There is also the agreement that the purpose of our meeting is to explore your inner world and understand what has brought you to see me in a meaningful way. This may not always be easy and sometimes coming to sessions may feel really hard but those are often the times when it is most important to come. My role in the relationship is not to provide advice or suggestions, but rather to help you tap into your own inner wisdom, increase your awareness of parts of yourself that are hidden, listen empathically, and add insight to the material you bring. 

Sessions are 50 minutes and held a minimum of weekly

02.

Individual Therapy

*Adolescents

Psychotherapy with teenagers is not dissimilar to therapy with adults in that our sessions consist of a special kind of conversation. With adolescents it is important to move slowly, to allow the individual adolescent to decide what we speak about, and to treat each session with the utmost confidentiality. This includes parents, so while consent for therapy is required from a parent or legal guardian, the details of what we speak about are kept strictly private. However; parents form a vital part of the process and regular feedback sessions are held where parents will learn more about what their child is struggling with and how they can best support their teen through this. The adolescent will be present at each of these feedback sessions to ensure that they are comfortable with what is shared and what is decided. 

For anyone, knowing when to reach out for therapy can be difficult, and for parents the task is daunting. Some signs that indicate your teen may need added support include a sudden and sustained change in mood, uncharacteristic social withdrawal, substance use, signs of suicidality, a sudden drop in grades, behavioural acting out, and/or excessive emotional outbursts (irritability, tearfulness, anger, melancholy) that is way out of the norm and sustained. It is important to bear in mind that in this phase of life sudden changes in moods, rebellion, and irritability are to be expected. It is when this becomes far out of the norm and is consistent and sustained that there may be need for concern.

Sessions are 40 minutes and held a minimum of weekly

03.

Couple's Therapy

Relationships are one of the most special and equally stressful parts of the human experience. Once we have found the person that we love deeply and want to commit to, the path to long lasting mutual contentment may be more challenging than we had ever expected. Often this is because of unseen dynamics that are playing out between us. This means that at times, even the strongest love is not enough, sometimes a little bit of outside guidance, perspective, and mediation is valuable - in fact showing you are so committed to your partner that you are willing to put in the extra work to fully understand each other and meet each person's needs can be a tremendous act of love. Sessions will be aimed at helping each member of the couple truly hear what the other person is trying to let them know (beneath the words) and understand the patterns of behaviour that are no longer serving the relationship. Sessions are only held with each member of the couple present and no information or communication can take place without the other being privy to it. It goes without saying that all permutations of couples are welcome and difference is held with the greatest respect.

Sessions are 50 minutes held weekly

04.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is an incredibly healing intervention that is often less known about. It is a powerful way to help a family in general but is especially valuable when there is one member of the family who has been struggling profoundly for a long time with little response or improvement to any other interventions. This person becomes the black sheep or problem member of the family but is often a manifestation of something that is not working well in the family system as a whole. In a family therapy space this person will no longer form the central part of the therapy space and instead the relationships and spaces between each family member will be better understood and managed. Patterns of behaviour, unhelpful power relations, healthier boundaries, and more effective communication will be the bread and butter of this kind of process. The most challenging part of this kind of intervention can be getting each member of the family to commit to coming, but it is important to note that the process can begin with as many members who are willing to come as possible. The absence of the other members will be part of what is emotionally and psychologically addressed in the early phase of treatment.

Duration and frequency will be determined on assessment

Clinical Psychologist

MClin* University of the Witwaterstrand

083 598 2403

eve.e.sigalas@gmail.com

Foundations for Life, 2 Hemyock rd, Plumstead, Cape Town