FAQ:

Do you see individuals for counselling?

Yes! I love working with people wanting to grow, build their confidence, recover from trauma (including affair discovery or divorce). 

What are your fees?

My sessions are a minimum of 90-minutes each. Longer sessions and marathon sessions allow us to get deeper sooner and so get done sooner.
Please contact us for my prices, by clicking here or emailing me at info@thecouplesconnection.com, For any international queries, you can reach me here or at info@unpackingminds.com.

Do you offer discounts?

I do have a certain amount of slots available for those who cannot afford counselling. These sessions are on a sliding scale. I am currently in full capacity. But do check in every now and then and see if anything has opened up. Do state that you are looking for a special rate. 

But if you do the relationship assessment (first 4 sessions) you get a lot of insight that can give you and your partner a lot to work on, without ongoing therapy. 

How do I pronounce your name?

Te-hee-la, but I really don't mind how you pronounce it. I'm used to hearing all sorts of renditions. Reaching out is what counts, not how to pronounce my name. But for those who are wondering what it means: it's Hebrew for Song of Praise.

How long are your sessions?

All sessions are 1.5 hours long unless otherwise requested. Couples first session and feedback session is 2 hours long. Workshops are either half-day (3 hours) or full-day (5 hours). I recommend booking a 2-hour session for the Defusing Depression sessions and Discernment Counselling.

Full-day workshops/intensives/marathons are usually five hours long, and I am flexible with start and end times but it needs to include some time for a lunch break (where I can restructure our afternoon session according to what was learnt during our morning together. 

E.g. we can start 10.30 then break at 12.30 for lunch (where I gather my notes from what was learnt during the morning sessions and restructure our sessions for the afternoon). Then start again at 2 pm and end at 5 pm. Or 9.00-11.30 then 13.00 until 16.00. Time zones would need to be taken into consideration.

 

How many sessions will it take?

It is entirely dependent on the situation. I aim to support you as quickly as possible though and don't want you to have to come for longer than necessary. Counselling is unfortunately not a quick fix and can take time. But with BWRT it has become a lot quicker (sometimes being able to deal with issues that could have taken months to be dealt with in one session - especially phobias, fears and past trauma).

On average I have found my clients needing 3 to 8 sessions (excluding the intake assessment for couples).

Couples Counselling is according to your needs, participation & assessment. I have found between 1 and 3 workshops very effective and my couples have LOVED the workshops over traditional weekly sessions.

After the workshop(s) we can do traditional sessions every few months to check in as needed.

Who do you not work with?

I work with people who want to learn and grow, at least at an individual level. You do not have to know how to fix things, just that you want to. 

I do not work with anyone who doesn't want to be there or feel they have anything to learn and so not want to participate in the process - where (s)he may feel that it's purely the partner's fault and so they are not willing to learn and grow from the counselling process.

I do not work with couples where there is ongoing domestic violence.

I do not work with couples where one or both partners have an addiction that is not currently being treated.

I do not work with couples where I feel individual counselling is more important and they don't go to it. 

 

What is your success rate?

With a commitment to hear, learn and participate my success rate is really high! Read some testimonials here (no names due to client confidentiality), or call me to get to know me better!

 

Do you accept medical aid?

Yes, but reluctantly. I do not process any claims myself, and my paperwork is usually pretty slow. But our individual sessions are covered by medical aid, depending on your cover. I don't deal directly with the claims to medical aid. You need to settle your account directly with me, then provide me with your medical aid membership number to put on the receipt for you to submit to them. It is your sole responsibility to check with your medical aid as I do not accept any responsibility if payment from them is denied. 

Some medical aids cover couples work too, but couples workshops have not been covered.

NOTE: Couples workshops are not covered by medical aid.

 

Why a relationship assessment?

Additionally to the full relationship assessment that I do (which is a joint session, a history-taking session with each of you, and two free online assessments, and the feedback session), there are two additional paid assessments that I offer. The SYMBIS or the Gottman Relationship House.

The SYMBIS is a great tool to give you insight into personality differences, how they work together (and where they don't - and how to navigate the differences). It's a 19-20 page report that you each get to keep and has some nice questions within the report that you get to review with each other at home again after therapy.

The Gottman SRH assessment is based on the science-based approach of The Gottman Institute (couples counselling pioneers in the field of couples therapy for many years). You do not get to keep the report, but I help you understand where you two don't agree on elements of the relationship. It also has a nifty screening tool (that screens for possible depression, anxiety, anger/hostility, etc).

 

My standard big assessment allows me a deeper insight into your relationships (past and present) so that I can better help you both build a stronger home. Through the assessment, we are going beyond just treating the symptoms to the deeper cause of the problems so we can work on issues deeper and more accurately.

 

My partner doesn't want to come with to couples counselling?

Here is a lovely article on this: "Dear Husband [or wife] who Won't Come To Therapy ".

 

If you were both sitting on either side of a plant and I asked you each to draw it, you would draw me two different pictures. Because of your different abilities to draw and also because of your different perspectives on the same plant. Couples counselling with just one partner is much harder because I only get to see your perspective on the situation. However, couples counselling can work if the other refuses to come. It's just a much slower process and not always as effective. But I can teach you the tools and you take them home to try them out. Coming together to the sessions is preferable though, as I do a full MRI (assessment) and then we work together on the hurdles.

 

Why should I see a Relationship Counsellor?

If you are struggling with food, happiness, relationship issues, past hurts and betrayals or find yourself very hard on yourself there's a good chance that shame is ruining your relationships. My job is to help you process past trauma's, recognise the unhelpful self-criticism and break bad habits so that you can accurately see who you are and live life with purpose.

 

What is the difference between a psychologist, a counsellor and a psychiatrist?

In brief a psychologist is someone who has obtained no less than a masters degree specialising in deep therapy and for more severe psychological issues and mental disorders; a psychiatrist has specialised in the medical side of psychology and is someone who is qualified in prescribing medication for various mental disorders and issues; and a registered counsellor is a qualified mental health professional specialising in various elements of supporting people to cope with life events, setbacks, various relationship issues and concerns.'

 

What is the difference between a counsellor/therapist and a coach?

In brief, we cover a lot of coaching in counselling but we cannot counsel when coaching. Coaching is a goal-oriented, tool building form of support where counselling helps more with insights and understandings in what's been hindering the process. Counselling is also wonderful to help break the past trauma triggers that keep coming up. I am a certified coach and registered counsellor so can help you with either.

Are all counsellors 'equal'?

Unfortunately not. There are many institutions offering brief counselling courses and thereafter people call themselves counsellors, coaches or therapists. The only counsellors with legal backing are those who have a university degree and post-graduate degree (honours degree) who are registered with the HPCSA (the Health Professions Council of South Africa). All doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors need to be registered with them. They are the ethical and protective counsel to protect the public. Counsellors who have registered with the HPCSA have done their post-graduate degree's in psychology, completed a stringent board exam and done at least 6 months of supervised training.

 

Are you a Christian counsellor?

Yes. But I find this rather hard to answer. There are so many divisions within Christianity. I am spiritual, and I believe I have a lovely relationship with God & Jesus. But I also don't believe in excluding anyone due to religious beliefs (or lack thereof) and so, only talk about religion if you want to. My beliefs and relationship with Jesus are personal, but I also know that for those of us that are spiritual/religious, our faith is a big part of our identity! Therefore, I do talk about religion, should you wish to in counselling.

I am not here to judge anyone though, it's unethical and more importantly, judging people does not fit with me as a person. 

 

When are you available?

I am available in the week during normal office hours, and 2 days a week until 7 pm, and also do weekends for INTENSIVES (see below). Please contact Celynn at 028 001 0555 or info@thecouplesconnection.com to book your sessions.

Do you work on Saturdays?

I work on Saturdays if booked for a minimum of 3 (maximum 5) hours. This you cannot book yourself - please contact me if you're interested in a Saturday session.

Do you see international clients?

I see all my international clients through my affiliate workspace - Unpacking Minds. I had the honor of working for an exclusive online international company, Couples Therapy Inc for four years and having been invited to attend conferences in America. I love being able to see people across the globe. 

Got other questions?

Please contact me by clicking here, and ask away. There are NO 'stupid' questions. I honestly look forward to hearing from you.

 
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