What is the difference between psychiatrist and psychologist?

Psychiatrists are unique physicians/medical doctors trained in brain disorders, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. They treat mental illnesses with medication, talk therapy amongst other modalities. Dr. Tonyane is a psychiatrist. Psychologists use 'talking' therapy to reveal underlying unresolved problems and to change thoughts and behaviour. Psychologists are not medical doctors, therefore cannot prescribe medication.

What happens during the first appointment?

The first consultation will be approximately 60-90 minutes long. This will ensure Dr. Tonyane has sufficient time to take a history, explore your difficulties and formulate a treatment plan. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your first appointment to fill in forms and familiarize yourself with our T's & C's.

If you have any, please bring with you: previous laboratory test results, your x/rays and details of the referring doctor or healthcare practitioner and any report he/she might have written. (You can also ask the laboratory or radiology practice to forward your results to us).

How do I make an appointment?
You may [a] click on the chat to us [b] leave your details on our contact page, our office will be in contact with you. [c] You are also welcome to call us on 087 098 0457 ext. 6125 or [d] send us a WhatsApp on 081 371 0627 during office hours.
What happens during the follow up consultations?

Follow up consultations are between 30 - 60 minutes depending on the individual needs of the patient and regular follow up is encouraged especially in the first few months of treatment. Patients who are stable and receiving medication from Dr. Tonyane need to be seen at least once every six months.

Does Dr. Tonyane accept all medical aids?
Please contact our office to see, if your medical aid is accepted.
What is Dr. Tonyane's cancellation policy?

If you must cancel or reschedule an appointment, Dr. Tonyane requires at least 24-hour notice. Cancellations that occur with less than 24-hour notice or failure to show to an appointment will be charged the full fee for the session. This fee will be charged directly to you and not your medical aid for appointments not honoured on the day. As we have kept a slot open for you and could not assist another patient.

What age patients does Dr. Tonayne see?

Dr. Tonyane primarily sees adult patients from the ages of 18 and a selected few adolescent patients from ages 12 - 17.