James Sturdee Counselling

Registered Psychological Counsellor - Private Practice

Frequently Asked Questions

What is counselling?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have*.

Does counselling help?

Yes! Counselling has been shown to be very effective in treating anxiety, depression and other related challenges.  It is a very empowering process that gives you knowledge about yourself.  This knowledge can then be used to make positive changes in the way we think, feel and act.  

How do I know whether I need counselling?

The truth is that most of us will benefit from counselling as it provides a space where we can learn more about ourselves, as well as empower ourselves with new skills to deal with the challenges we all face in life.  Counselling is especially helpful if you struggle with any of the following:

  • Feelings of profound sadness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of self-doubt
  • Difficulty saying no
  • Difficulty asking for help, especially with regard to your emotional well-being
  • Feeling easily overwhelmed and stressed
  • Difficulty controlling your anger
  • Difficulty letting go when people hurt you
  • Feeling easily hurt, controlled or offended
  • Feelings of anxiety and excessive worrying
  • Difficulty dealing with conflict
  • Feeling lost, confused or directionless
  • Worrying about things that are outside of your control

Do you take Medical Aids?

My practice is a cash practice which means you pay cash, but I invoice you and you can then claim back from your Medical Aid, which will reimburse you directly should you have funds available.  I am registered with all the major Medical Aids.

How many sessions do I need?

This depends on the client.  My approach to counselling is to empower the client to not have to rely on counselling in the long-term but rather that they are able to take the process forward by themselves.  This can take anything from 3 - 6 sessions, but can be more or less.  This will be discussed in the consultation, and we will agree on how often we will meet.  This decision is made by balancing the needs of your treatment with the practicalities of your budget.

Where are you based?

I have rooms in The Corner House, Morningside.  This is 504A Lillian Ngoyi Rd (previously Windermere), and there is secure underground parking that can be accessed via Hamden Rd.

My Gillitts rooms are located at 3 Hazel Rd, Gillitts.


*Source:  NHS - Counselling