Doron Zar

B.A. Hons Psychology M.A. Clin Psych (Wits, South Africa)

Clinical Psychologist

Reg. No. PS 011 4090 Pr. No. 0453129

To make an appointmentCall: 082 321 8959

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I need to see a psychologist?

People seek the help of psychologists for many reasons, from feeling depressed, to struggling to cope with an issue/s in their life. Some may seek symptom relief, whilst others may want to understand themselves better so as to live fuller and more meaningful lives. One may have tried speaking to people or friends about what is bothering them or tried fixing it on their own, often to no avail. And this can leave one feeling alone and helpless. So if you feel unsure about things or what to do, it would be useful to consult a psychologist for professional help.

I have never been to a psychologist before. What can I expect?

It is best to call me to make an appointment. You may get my voicemail as I may be with a client. I will call you back as soon as I am able to. We will try to find a mutually suitable time for an appointment. The first one or two sessions form part of an assessment whereby you tell me what brought you to see me and what you need help with. We will then discuss the therapy options that are suitable for you and we will decide on a treatment plan, including the duration of therapy. Should I feel I may not be able to best help you, I will refer you to someone I feel will be able to. Sessions last 50 minutes and take place once a week, on the same day, at the same time. Sessions cancelled within 24 hours will be charged for.

I am feeling a bit nervous and scared about seeing a psychologist. Is this normal?

Yes, this can be normal. One can also feel other emotions, including shame and embarrassment, as well as relief. What I try to provide is a safe and secure environment through my rooms and myself, to try to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

How do I know if my child should see a psychologist?

A child may show distress differently to an adult in that they may not verbally communicate what is worrying them. They may display their distress through their behaviour (e.g. hitting others, bed wetting, lying, stealing, loss / gain of appetite, decline in academic performance) or through their emotions (e.g. crying easily, getting angry all the time, being depressed). It is important to notice if there has been a change in their mood or their performance, or if there has been something stressful going on in the child's environment (e.g. parents fighting / getting divorce, bullying at school). If you have any concern for your child, it would be best to speak to a professional about it.

Can I trust what I tell you is confidential?

Absolutely. I am bound by the ethical code of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). However, there are certain situations whereby I may ethically have to break confidentiality but I will discuss this with you beforehand.

Do you prescribe medication?

No. Should you need medication, I can refer you to a GP or a psychiatrist.

What are your rates?

I charge within medical aid rates. If you have a financial difficulty, please contact me to discuss this further.