Qualified Counselling Psychologist offering Psychotherapy and Assessment services to children, adolescents and adults in the Durban North and Malvern, Queensburgh area. “Symptoms of illness and distress, plus your feelings about them, can be viewed as messengers coming to tell you something important about your body or about your mind”. - Jon Kabat-Zinn It is at these times of distress that people may take the courageous step to seek the assistance of a psychologist and therein lies a great opportunity to understand these messengers, heal, grow and effect meaningful change.
About Anita I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist with training in two primary therapy modalities namely Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I hold a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Rhodes University and am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), the South African Association for Counselling and Development in Higher Education (SAACDHE) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF). I regularly attend Continuous Professional Development workshops, seminars and conferences. I currently practice from the Malvern Medicross in Malvern, Queensburgh and the Docnor Medical Centre in Durban North. Prior to entering private practice I was employed at the Durban University of Technology’s Student Counselling Centre. I provided individual psychotherapy to students and addressed a range of concerns that influence academic performance and mental health. Services provided also included, academic development and support services i.e. professional career counselling; workshops/lectures on a range of life competencies; therapeutic groups focusing on the development of positive self esteem, adjustment and personal growth; HIV/Aids counselling; and crisis support /intervention. I also have work experience as a Consultant Psychologist for a school and, have been employed as a Sessional Psychologist for the Meyrick Bennett Therapy and Assessment Centre. In addition, although for short periods, I gained invaluable experience as a Locum Psychologist at Riverview Manor Specialist Clinic where I was tasked to provide in patient individual and group psychotherapy. Riverview Manor is a private specialist clinic that provides professional treatment and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addiction and dependence, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma and stress disorders. In addition to experience with individual and group therapy services, I also have experience in providing assessment services. These include; • Professional career counselling and assessments to assist with school subject choice, university course choice and career planning. • Assessment of cognitive functioning and, scholastic skills, to inform efforts to redress learning difficulties and poor academic performance. Much of my work to date has focused on facilitating the development of positive mental health and wellbeing, social skills and, life competencies, in children, adolescents and adults. This professional work experience has served to cultivate a passion for mental health advocacy, strong collaborative skills and a dedication to providing professional psychological services.
“Don’t turn away, keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you”. - Rumi
Services﷯ “Who looks inside, awakens”. - Carl Jung Individual Psychotherapy Psychotherapy, also referred to as one-on-one talk therapy, is a confidential process whereby psychological/emotional concerns are addressed through communication and the therapeutic relationship. It is therefore a collaborative process based on the relationship between the client and the psychologist. There are many different approaches to Psychotherapy and I generally draw on one or more of these depending on the presenting concern and therapeutic needs of the client. Each theoretical approach acts as a roadmap to help arrive at a better understanding of difficulties and facilitate long-term change. Psychotherapy serves to benefit clients through: • Regaining a sense of control and pleasure in life • Developing insight • Minimizing emotional distress and facilitating an improved sense of emotional wellbeing • Improving problem solving and arriving at solutions to better cope with difficulties • Improving communication and relationships I offer individual psychotherapy to adolescents, young adults and adults for a wide range of difficulties. These include: • Mood (depression), stress and anxiety related difficulties • Adjustment difficulties related to major life transitions • Loss and bereavement • Trauma • Difficulties related to dealing with chronic illness • Self esteem difficulties • Relationship difficulties Psychotherapy is also offered to those seeking personal growth. Play Therapy﷯ Parents bring children to a psychologist for play therapy when they are concerned about the child’s behaviour – perhaps your child is “acting out”; that is, throwing tantrums, being aggressive, or resisting discipline. Or perhaps s/he is lacking in confidence, clingy, struggling to make friends, or seems down and withdrawn. A child may be anxious, afraid or having nightmares. S/he may be struggling with bedwetting and bowel control. S/he may be hoarding items, lining toys up, and be very upset by change of any sort. Alternatively, parents may be going through a divorce or a family bereavement, and may simply want help in supporting their child, and some input about how to handle the situation. Play therapy uses a variety of techniques that provide an opportunity for the child to communicate emotions, feelings, experiences and behaviours. Play therapy facilitates an interpersonal process wherein psychologists, use the power of play to help children resolve psychosocial challenges and achieve optimal growth and development. Play therapy can assist children with a range of difficulties, such as: • Adjustment to and coping with various life changes (starting school, divorce, arrival of a new sibling) • Anger • Anxiety • Behaviour difficulties • Sadness • Loss and Bereavement • Social or peer related difficulties • Family related difficulties The fundamental goals applicable to all children in play therapy include: • To enable the child to deal with painful emotions • To enable the child to feel good about themselves and develop positive self esteem • To enable the child to accept their limitations and strengths and feel OK about them • To enable the child to change behaviours that have negative consequences • To enable the child to function comfortably and adaptively within the external environment (for example at home and at school) • To maximize the opportunity for the child to pursue developmental milestones and develop socially and emotionally. "Enter into children's play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts and souls meet". - Virgina Axline
Cash Rates Cash Payments (Cash or EFT) I offer a discounted cash rate to clients, who do not have Medical Aid Scheme cover or, their Medical Aid Scheme imposes limits. Some clients may also wish to pay me cash and claim from their Medical Aid Scheme themselves. The cash rate is payable on the day of consultation. CASH • Cash clients are requested to bring the exact amount to the consultation as change is not usually kept on the premises. EFT • EFT payments need to be made before the consultation (or immediately afterwards), to ensure payment is reflected in the account within 72 hours of the consultation. Please email proof of payment or bring a copy of the proof of payment to the session when paying by EFT. • The practice does not accept payments by cheque, credit card or debit card at this time.
Assessment Psychological Assessment refers to the battery of tests administered to evaluate intellectual, learning, emotional and/or behavioral functioning. The test battery varies depending upon the referral question(s), and can include a structured interview, projective measures, testing, consultation with other professionals and parent/third party checklists, self report surveys and possibly in vivo observations. Assessments are typically scheduled in the morning when most people function at their best. Assessments offered include: • Educational Assessments- Assessment of cognitive functioning and, scholastic skills, to inform efforts to redress learning difficulties and poor academic performance. This also includes school-readiness assessments. Educational assessments cover many skill areas, such as general intellectual capability, language, memory and learning, problem solving, planning and organization, visual- motor integration skills, visual spatial skills, and academic skills (reading, math, spelling and writing). It also includes an examination of behaviour and emotions. • Career Assessments - Professional career counselling and assessments to assist with school subject choice, university course choice and career planning. I utilize both narrative career counselling techniques and standardized measures. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”. - Carl Rogers
Fee Structure (2019)
ADULT INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY/PLAY THERAPY TIME 45 minute consultation 60 minute consultation 90 minute consultation Assessment Package Parent Intake School Observation Educational Assessment Career Assessment Parent Feedback Written Reports COST R850 R 850 + travel R 1500 R 2500 R 3000 R 3500 R 850 R 600  R 750 R 850 R 1200 INFORMATION Parents must attend an intake session prior to a child being assessed. The child does not attend this appointment *This is optional The length of the assessment is determined by the age of the child, the pace at which the child works through the assessment measures and the reason for referral. *All-inclusive package. Assessment includes measures that tap into those factors integral to making informed career decisions. These factors include our abilities, interests, personality traits, motivating factors and values. Parents attend a feedback session wherein the results of the assessment and recommendations are discussed. Feedback is given only after the assessment has been completed, not after each session. For educational assessments only. On request. Often not covered by medical aid 1 hour 1 hour + travel 2 hours 3 hours 4 hours 1 hour intake 3 hour assessment 1 hour feedback Written Report 1 hour
Medical Aid Claims: This will be charged at your medical aid scheme’s rate for 2019, and according to availability of funds and benefits.
Medical Aid Payment I am registered with the Board of Health Funders (BHF) and a number of major Medical Aid Providers and am therefore able to submit Medical Aid claims directly on your behalf. The rate claimed is determined by your Medical Aid Provider. Medical Aid Providers differ considerably regarding benefits available for psychological services. It is important that you are aware of the available benefits specific to your Medical Aid. It is therefore recommended that you contact your Medical Aid Provider prior to your first consultation to find out how much is available for psychological services. Medical Aid claims are made according to availability of day-to-day benefits for psychological services, the Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) allowance (if applicable) or the benefits available in your Medical Savings Account (MSA).
FAQ How do I go about choosing a Psychologist? Choosing a psychologist is a deeply personal choice and for some can understandably be quite an anxiety provoking one. Firstly, it is important to research the necessary practical information needed to make a decision such as, scope of practice and experience, practice location in relation to your work or home, suitability of appointment times to your own schedule and, fees. Secondly, because the success of therapy is largely based on the quality of the client-psychologist relationship, it is also important to include in your research the intangible information that points to whether you will be comfortable with a particular psychologist. It may be that not every psychologist is the right one for you, and if you feel that it is not the right fit with a psychologist it is encouraged that you honestly discuss this with them and be prepared to try another. What can I expect in the first session? The first session is generally centered on trying to get an understanding of the difficulties that have brought you to therapy, your goals and expectations for therapy and, whether the type of psychological service I provide is best suited to address your difficulties. The duration of the first session is usually 1-1 ½ hours long. At the first session you will be required to read and fill in a few forms outlining your details and important information about therapist/client responsibilities, confidentiality, fees and my cancellation policy. Further, in order to gain understanding, I will ask a number of questions about your symptoms, your personal and family history, your relationships and so forth. Some of these questions may be very personal but I will not ask you anything that is not pertinent. It is possible that I may need to do psychological testing and for that we will need additional sessions. It is also sometimes valuable to interview other people who know you to obtain additional information. I will only do so with your consent. Importantly, the first session is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about the therapy process and for you to establish whether you are comfortable with the therapy space and me. A mutual decision will then be made as to whether we should initiate a therapeutic process and additional sessions will then be booked to address therapeutic goals. Sessions are usually 1 hour long. Will what I discuss with a psychologist remain confidential? I will treat all the private information I collect about you /your child/your dependent highly confidential. I will not disclose any information about you you/your child/your dependent without your consent. In certain exceptional situations, however, legal or professional rules may force me to disclose information about you. These include: • Emergency Situations Should a situation develop where I believe that there is a real risk that you you/your child/your dependent may harm or kill yourself, harm or kill another person or harm or kill me, I will be compelled to take the necessary steps to prevent such harm, even if this means breaking my promise to you to keep your information confidential. • Statutory duty A provision in an Act may oblige me to disclose confidential information about you/your child/your dependent (i.e. prevention of Domestic Violence Act 133 of 1993 [reporting child abuse], Child Care Act 74 of 1983 [reporting child abuse], Mental Health Act 18 of 1973 [reporting a mentally ill person who is dangerous] and National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 [reporting conditions that disqualify motorists from holding a drivers license]. • Court orders A court may order me to disclose confidential information. In terms of my professional rules I must, however, endeavour to do everything to prevent the disclosure of your private information. • Clients under 18 years The exceptional circumstances above also apply to clients under the age of 18. I will on a regular basis inform parents or guardians about the therapeutic process and progress of child clients. As a general rule, no information will be given to a parent or guardian about the content of a session without the relevant child client’s consent. However, I reserve the right to disclose information regarding the content of sessions should the child client be involved in behaviour which is considered to be criminal or dangerous. • Diagnostic Coding Medical Aid Schemes require diagnostic coding in order to pay a psychologist’s account –if you refuse to allow me to furnish this information, the Scheme will refuse to pay the account on your behalf. • Reports I will not issue a medical certificate or report regarding you without your consent, and until I have given you an opportunity to read the relevant documentation and discuss it with me. Does Psychotherapy come with any risks? Psychotherapy has both potential benefits and risks. The potential benefits of therapy include, reduction of feelings of distress, better relationships, better problem-solving and coping skills, and improved self esteem, to name a few. In the short term, however, it may be an unsettling experience, as it can be an emotional experience. Some temporary emotional distress is possible. Successful therapy may also have negative consequences in the long run. The purpose of therapy is to bring about change. As a result clients sometimes feel that they should make changes in their circumstances as well. This may specifically induce you to bring about changes in your relationships with others. Such changes are often not welcomed by those affected and this may lead to interpersonal tension. The success of therapy is influenced by a number of factors. One of the most important factors is the degree to which clients take responsibility to bring about change and. No therapist can give a guarantee that therapy is successful. How many sessions are required? The number of sessions required is unique to each client and is dependent on the therapeutic needs of the client and, the goals and expectations of the therapeutic process i.e. what you want to gain or change from the process. Psychotherapy can take the form of a shorter-term brief and focused intervention (6-8 sessions) or a longer-term process. Very often what has brought you/your child to therapy is a long-standing difficulty; it is therefore an unrealistic expectation that there is a “quick fix” or that therapy can provide an “overnight solution”. The above also applies to play therapy with children. With regard to educational and career assessments, 3 separate appointments are usually necessary. This will include an initial intake appointment, followed by the administration of the standardized test battery which will take approximately 3 hours, and then finally a feedback session wherein the findings and recommendations gleaned from the assessment will be discussed. The feedback session will usually take place within two weeks of the date of assessment. It is important to note that, at times, it is during the feedback session that recommendations are finalized or that new insights are discussed. It is for this reason that the written report is not always available on the date of feedback, so as to allow for the inclusion of this additional information. I will however endeavour to get finalized reports to clients within a week of the feedback appointment. What if I am late, need to reschedule or cancel my appointment? As I work on an appointment basis, I will not exceed the time set aside for a session. Should you be late for a session, or have to leave early, without making a prior arrangement, the relevant session will be shorter. The person responsible for the payment of the account will be liable to pay for the full session. If you are more than 20 mins late the session will be rescheduled. Should you not be able to keep an appointment you must please cancel or reschedule it 24 hours in advance.
Contact If you require any further information or would like to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email. Contact Details T: 076 152 0806 E: anitadasilvapita@gmail.com

Docnor Medical Centre

35/39 Umhlanga Rocks Drive

Durban North


Office Hours

Monday: 9am - 6 pm

Tuesday: 9am - 6pm


Malvern Medicross

Corner of Conabor and Ethelbert Road




Office Hours

Wednesday: 1pm - 6pm

Friday: 1pm - 6pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 1pm