What does it mean to be transgender? What is the difference between sex, gender and sexual orientation? What is gender queer? The following video answers these questions and explores how much more complex gender is than often thought.
Choosing a psychotherapist can be an anxiety provoking experience for many people, especially if it is their first time attending therapy or counselling. Therapy often involves sharing vulnerable parts of oneself and difficult feelings. It is therefore important that one finds a therapist that they can trust and feel safe with. Finding a suitable therapist frequently involves trying out a few sessions with a psychologist or counsellor to see whether there is a 'good' fit between the client's needs and what the therapist provides as well as the therapist and client being able to work well alongside one another. If the client does not feel that there is a 'good' fit between themselves and the service provider, one should not feel pressured to stay with that therapist. It is a good idea to bring this up with the therapist to make sure that wanting to change therapists is about the therapist-client fit and not about an avoidance of dealing with difficult material or the like. It is good practice for the psychologist or counsellor to find the client another therapist better suited to the client's needs and personality if the client and/or therapist decide that they may not work well together.
There are a number of other consideration that one may take into account when looking for a psychologist or therapist. There are also a variety of questions one may want to ask a therapist when booking an appointment or in their first session. The following article covers many of these considerations and questions: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-to-find-a-therapist/
All infants are born with different temperaments. Some babies are easier going while others may fuss a lot more. A baby's temperament may also be shaped by it's environment. Parenting any baby can be challenging but this may be especially so for high need babies. It is important for both the baby and parents' well being for parents to understand how infants relate to the world and how to keep their baby in mind. The following article provides a good introduction to this: http://www.babiesinmind.co.za/high-need-babies
Private psychological services are not always accessible to the average South African. This should not mean that people do not receive the assistance that they require. If you feel you cannot afford my private fees please feel free to still contact me and discuss what you are looking for and if I cannot see you I will refer you to a suitable service provider. Two local organisations that are making psychological services accessible are:
I use this blog to post links to articles and videos that may relate to some of my services or interests. This content may also be useful for potential clients as well as other people interested in psychology and self development.