The work I do

I use a lot of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in my work. I also suggest medication where appropriate, though I find medication is sometimes over-prescribed.  CBT gives my patients a sense of empowerment which is often more valuable in the long-term. There is excellent evidence that CBT works well for depression, panic attacks, general anxiety, social anxiety, OCD and phobias.

In some cases, CBT and medication together can be more effective than either one alone. If I think medication might offer added benefit, I’ll discuss this with you. For my patients with persistent insomnia and anxiety about sleep, CBT for Insomnia works well and can help people reduce or stop using sleeping tablets.

If I think that longer term psychotherapy is likely to be more helpful for you, I have a referral network of excellent psychologists whom I refer to and work closely with. Most of my work is with outpatients, but if a patient and I agree that admission to a clinic will be helpful or necessary, I am happy to arrange admission and see the person in the clinic.

If it sounds like I may be able to help you, feel free to send me an email at gareth [dot] nortje [at], and I will get back to you to discuss your appointment. My Patient Information Sheet can be found here.

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