Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Difference between a Psychologist and Psychiatrist?
A psychologist and psychiatrist are both concerned with the patient’s well-being, however, their focus is different. While the focus of the psychiatrist is primarily towards disorders such as a chemical imbalance, the primary focus of a psychologist is on the patients thoughts, feelings, and general mental health.
Although there are differences in the two fields, psychiatrists and psychologists often work together in the treatment of patients. A psychologist is not able to write prescriptions, but may recommended a patient be seen by a fellow psychiatrist in order to receive medications and the psychiatrist may refer a patient for psychotherapy to a psychologist.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on relationship between an individual and a psychologist. Thereby, psychologists apply scientifically validated procedures to help people develop healthier, more effective habits and coping strategies. There are several approaches to psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal and the kinds of ‘talk therapy’ that help individual work through their problems.
“Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive and safe environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. You work together to identify and change the thought and behaviour patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best”.
How Many Sessions will I Need?
There is no minimum or fixed number of session that you need to attend. How long any treatment lasts depends on a number of factors; it may be as short as a few sessions or continue foe a few years. When you start with therapy, an initial assessment will take place. From this assessment, it is possible to be able to give you a rough idea of the duration of your treatment.
Dr. Andre provides sessions once a week or every fortnight depending on client’s need and preference. Group’s therapy for “Chronic Pain”, “Depression” and “Social Skills Training” are offered in fixed modules and on weekly basis. A typical session lasts 50 minutes. Generally speaking, people continue psychotherapy, whilst they feel they are gaining benefit from it.
How Much does a Psychotherapy Session Cost?
The fees may vary depending on the size of the session (individual versus groups therapy), payment option (upfront or in-session), and length of the session.
Single Individual Session (50 min): 1500HKD
Package of 4 Individual Sessions (50 min): 5500HKD
What is Essentia's Cancellation Policy?
Essentia has a free 24h cancellation policy. For any changes in appointments please inform the reception at least 24h in advance of the session.
In case of late cancellation, if not otherwise discussed, one full charge of one session will be incurred.
Is my Psychotherapy Session Confidential?
The information discussed in your session is entirely confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone without having discussed it with you and gained your verbal and written permission.
The only time a psychologists and counsellors may release information to authorities without your consent is in the event that is is required by law, or you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, or there is any suspicious of child or elderly abuse.
Do you Have Another Question?
If you have another question, please feel free to email Dr. Andre. Your information will remain confidential.