Christa Badenhorst

Who am I

I started my professional training in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria.  After completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology I completed an Honours degree in Educational Psychology with specialising in Psychometrics.  I was registered as a Psychometrist where after I worked at a Primary school for a few years as a teacher as well as doing psychometric work at the school.  After a few years I decided to endeavour on reaching my dream of becoming and Educational Psychologist and completed by Masters degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria.  Whilst completing my internship as Educational Psychologist, I focused on improving my expertise and competence in learning problems and any aspects related to the academic and educational environment.  This includes subject choice and career choice guidance.

Currently I have a Private Practice.  I also work part-time at several schools where I provide therapeutic support as well as do assessments as needed.

In a continuous effort to improve my skills and competence in various areas, I involve myself in a lifelong learning process, attending various training courses, forums and reading up on new and relevant research.

I am a mother of two beautiful children and I understand how a parent would only want the best for their child.

Visit my website at www.educationalpsych.co.za

Qualifications

  • BSocSci: Psychology
  • Bed(Hons): Eductional Psychology
  • MEd: Educational Psychology

Various courses including:

  • Medical Hypno Analysis (Hypnotherapy)
  • Impact therapy techniques
  • Introduction to Neuropyschology
  • Various courses on various related themes

Rates and fees

Payment for services rendered can occur in one of two manners:

Option 1: Claiming from your medical aid

I can claim directly from your medical aid.  For assessments I charge per hour of the assessment at the medical aid tariff.  For therapy sessions I claim for the amount of time spent in the session at the medical aid tariff.  It remains your responsibility to ensure that your medical aid has enough funds available.  If your medical aid does not pay for services rendered, for whatever reason, you remain responsible for the full payment of the services rendered by the psychologist.

Option 2: Private

The private payment option is available for clients who do not have medical aid cover.  Payment is done directly to the psychologist on the date of services rendered (including assessment and therapy sessions).  The psychologist will inform you of the tariffs.  You will receive a statement indicating that you have paid for the services rendered.

Payment can be done either cash or EFT.

Process

What can be expected upon making an appointment?  The following provides an outline of what can be expected during the process of consultation with the psychologist:

For any kind of assessment:

In order to provide a thorough service to you, I need to do a complete assessment and evaluation of your child’s current functioning.  This part of the process starts off with an interview with the child’s parents regarding the child’s development from birth to current age.  During this interview any concerns are also discussed.    During this process I may ask questions about you, your family and your child.  Some of these questions can be very personal in nature.  This information is however, necessary and will be treated with utmost confidentiality.  It may also be necessary to do a psychological assessment.  The details of what the assessment entails is dependent on the needs of the child, family and other role players.  This will be discussed during the interview.   It may furthermore be necessary to talk to other individuals (like teachers and other professional persons) to gather more information.  It will however, be done with your permission and all information will be treated as confidential.  A few days after the assessment you will get a detailed feedback of all the results.  During the feedback a plan of action will be formulated on treatment and support of your child.  Parent guidance may also be provided.  This process may take place over a few sessions.  You will receive a detailed written report back, explaining the findings.  This report is your personal property.

 

Therapeutic process

Therapy sessions are scheduled according to need, urgency and various other factors.  Sessions are usually on a weekly basis, for one hour long.  For younger children, sessions may be 45 minutes in length.

 

Therapy can contribute to a person’s functioning and personal growth.  On the short term therapy may lead to emotional experiences that could have an impact on functioning.  The success of therapy depends on various factors.  One important factor is how much responsibility the client takes in order to bring around change.  Successful therapy cannot be guaranteed.

 

Services offered

Psycho-educational and academic assessments

  • School readiness assessments
  • Identification and diagnosing of learning problems
  • Identification of learning profiles
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Subject choices assessment and guidance
  • Career choice assessment and guidance
  • Selecting the correct school for your child
  • Emotional functioning

 

Therapeutic support for various emotional and behavioural challenges

Children may experience emotional and/or behavioural challenges due to various reasons, which may include trauma, changes in the family structure, divorce, grief, bullying, self-esteem, social skills and friendships, sibling rivalry, anxiety, changing schools, academic challenges and coping with educational challenges at school and various others.

By making use of an eclectic approach to therapy and utilising various therapeutic techniques, the client’s unique need for therapeutic support is addressed within a systemic approach underlined with positive psychology.

The therapeutic process often starts off with an assessment of the client’s current emotional functioning and needs.  This could take between 1 to 3 hours, over various sessions or in one session.  Thereafter the therapeutic support process commences on sessions as arranged with the client or parents and psychologist.

Parental guidance and support

Therapeutic support often happens in collaboration with all the members of the client’s family.  This includes parental guidance and support, such as what to expect between sessions, what parents and other important persons can expect and do in support of changing dynamics due to the therapeutic support.

Parental guidance is important to enhance learning and development as a whole in the family and enhance general functioning.

 

Confidentiality

All information received regarding the client and family will be treated as confidential. No information will be shared with others without your written consent and permission.  Please note that in certain situations I may be obliged by law and professional rules to divulge confidential information.

 

The above stated is applicable to children under 18 years.  You as parent will be informed of the therapy process as it progresses.  As a rule no information regarding a therapy session will be discussed with you, without your child’s permission.  I do reserve the right to inform you as parent if your child is guilty of any criminal behaviour, are being threatened in any way and of any possible dangerous behaviour.

I will not release a report to any other person without your permission.

 

Valid consent

Valid consent must meet 4 requirements in order to be legally acceptable.  These requirements include:

  • The person giving consent must have legal capacity to give consent
  • The person must give informed consent, which means full understanding of all of the information
  • Consent must be clear and detailed. All relevant parties need to be in full understanding of what is being consented to.
  • Consent must be given freely, without any coercion.

 

Consent by a child

A child may consent to his or her own treatment or to the treatment of his or

her child if:

  1. The child is over the age of 12 years;
  2. The child is of sufficient maturity and has the mental capacity to understand the

implications of the treatment

Consent by parents, and guardians

For children under 12, or children over 12 but without sufficient maturity to understand the implications of the treatment, the parents, guardian or caregiver need to consent on the child’s

behalf.

Mahery, P. Proudlock, P. & Jamieson, L. A guide to the Children’s Act for health professionals. (4th Ed.), 2010.

 

Study methodology courses

Is your child underperforming at school, possibly due to incorrect or underdeveloped study techniques?  I offer a thorough study methodology course that focuses on your child’s unique learning modality and profile.  The course consists of 4 sessions.  A brief outline of the course includes:

Session 1: What type of learner are you?  Basic guidelines to studying and planning

Session 2: Step by step guidance on making summaries, which type of summary fits your profile and   how to incorporate your long term memory

Session 3: How to learn.  Memorising techniques.  Step by step guidance on answering a question paper

Session 4: Goalsetting, motivation and relaxation techniques

Costs of the course is available on request

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