Clinical psychologists treat people with relatively serious kinds of psychological distress, like depression or anxiety disorders. They hold Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
My name is Ashton Hayley Robertson and I am a clinical psychologist. I completed my undergraduate degree at Rhodes University. I continued my Psychology Honours degree at Rhodes University and graduated cum laude. I completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and graduated cum laude at the University of Johannesburg. I have an additional qualification in Equine-assisted Psychotherapy, cum laude.
I am registered with the following boards:
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF)
The Golden Key International Honour Society
My services aim to provide the client with a safe and trusting space in order to enable self-exploration, self-understanding and self-growth and to relieve psychological distress. Additionally I can assist with the diagnosis of mental disorders and provide the client with an appropriate referral to trusted psychiatrists. In the case of a confirmed diagnosis, the optimal treatment plan is for the psychologist and psychiatrist to work hand-in-hand for the benefit of the client.
I am trained to work from an integrative perspective. I therefore tailor each session to my client’s presenting problem and needs. I do believe that the therapeutic relationship enables meaningful change and I place an emphasis on a Rogerian client-centred approach. I also favour an Interactional Pattern Analysis approach. This enables one to understand ineffective ways of interacting that can be changed and optimised to achieve positive ways of relating with the self and as a consequence, with others. By creating a beneficial change in one’s behaviour and utilising more effective communication, this in turn will enable more gratifying and supportive relationships. I also see value in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, as well as Solution Focused Therapy and hypnotherapy.
My private practice is based at Sandton Medpark, on the corner of Peter Place and Nursery Lane. My office space straddles Bryanston and Sandton and is located across the road from Sandton Clinic Hospital and is next door to Medfem Clinic.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions take place on a plot in Chartwell at 259 Spencer Avenue, Chartwell North Estates. It is a few minutes down the road from the Broadacres Shopping centre.
Individual sessions as well as couples sessions are 50-55 minutes long.
Double sessions are available upon request at 100-110 minutes.
Once weekly sessions are recommended, but more frequent sessions, or twice monthly sessions are also available upon request.
Sessions are tailored to each individual. Treatment duration varies depending upon the individual, their therapeutic needs and goals and the severity and intricacy of the presenting problem. I prefer to work at a pace that is comfortable for my clients. Psychotherapy sessions commonly range from 5 to 15 sessions per client.
My fees are charged in accordance with the Discovery 2017 medical aid rate. The fee is R855 per session.
Medical aid claims made on the client’s behalf
I am able to claim directly from your medial aid on your behalf.
Cash payment for non-medical aid members
A cash discount is available for non-medical aid members. The payable fee is R750 per session.
The fees are the same as above for medical aid and non-medical aid clients. However, the horse specialist requires an additional R400 fee which is not covered by medical aids.
Please contact me with any questions.
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