Luc Scheepers

Clinical Psychologist

Frequently asked questions

Are you open during lockdown?

As a mental health professional, I am exempt from the lockdown and therefore available for appointments. Due to risk of contagion, it is preferable to do telephonic or online appointments (with or without video). If you are not symptomatic, you are welcome to meet me in-person, either in Paarl or Worcester. Please do not schedule an in-person appointment if you suffer from any respiratory tract symptoms such as sore throat, coughing or blocked/runny nose, with or without fever. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor and rather choose the online/telephonic therapy option. I am even more carefully taking care of my own health during this time and I will not put you at risk by continuing in-person consultations if I myself am not feeling well. If you decide to do an in-person consultation, I will be able to furnish you with a letter that you can show as proof of your appointment if you are stopped while travelling to one of my practice locations. 

What is Mind, Mood & Food?

Mind, Mood & Food is presented in collaboration with my colleague, Chandre Prangley (dietitian at Paarl Family Health www.chandredietitian.com). Mind, Mood & Food entails a series of presentations taking place every second week in which participants will be assisted in adopting a healthy food relationship and managing problem eating behaviour. To confirm your attendance or for more information, feel free to contact me or alternatively contact Chandre through her website or on her cell at 0648110011. Newcomers are welcome. 

The next topic will be 'Healthy Habits'. We will be looking at how habits are formed, the purpose they serve and what we can do to replace our problem food and eating habits with healthier alternative behaviours. 

What does your stress management group entail?

My colleague, Daniel van Wyk and I are presenting a stress management group every second week at 18:00 at my Paarl practice. The group is supportive and educational and meetings include practical guidance on how to better manage your stress. Adults ages 18 and older are welcome to attend. Newcomers are welcome. Please notify me via Whatsapp on my cell at 0726518840 if you plan to attend or contact me for more information.     

I have to complete a PMB form in order to access your services through my medical aid. Will you complete a form for me and help me with my application?

It is the responsibility of clients to check with their medical aid scheme plans the conditions for claiming for psychological services. For information on prescribed minimum benefits (PMB) please see the Council for Medical Schemes website https://www.medicalschemes.com/medical_schemes_pmb/. Following an in-session assessment of your symptoms and if your diagnosis qualifies for PMB, I will assist you with your application.

How often should I consult with you?

Research evidence suggests that more frequent appointments over a shorter duration leads to the person experiencing benefit from therapy sooner than persons meeting with the therapist infrequently. However, I have seen clients meeting me fortnightly or once-a-month deriving considerable benefit from therapy too. I think frequency of appointments will depend on the person him/herself, the nature of the problem, and practical considerations (costs, scheduling and travel difficulties). My general recommendation for new clients would be to start therapy on a once-a-week (or more frequent) basis, to see how it goes and if positive changes occur, and to later consider increasing the length of time between appointments. We could return to a more frequent meeting arrangement depending on the client's needs and changing circumstances. Upon termination of therapy, clients are welcome to consult with me again in the future as needed 

My doctor has prescribed me medication to improve my mood / feel less anxious / help me sleep better. The medication is not having the desired effect / I'm feeling a bit better, but I still experience some of the same problems. Can you help me?

Research evidence suggests that psychiatric intervention (e.g. medicine) in combination with psychotherapy has better mental health outcomes than a medication-only approach. I work in collaboration with other health professionals, including those who are medically-trained and allowed to prescribe medicine (GPs and psychiatrists). I can assist with a referral to such professionals on request and if therapeutically indicated. 

On which topics do you present workshops and educational lectures?

I present workshops and educational lectures to schools (learners and staff), clinics, NGOs, support groups, companies, government departments, and others. Some of the topics are presented in association with fellow local health professionals. The topics which I present include (but are not restricted to) the following: 

  • When to seek help for mental health problems (identification and treatment options)
  • Stress management
  • Understanding anxiety and its treatments 
  • Depression as a bio-psycho-social phenomenon 
  • Suicide
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Effective parenting 
  • Couple conflict communication 
  • Diet, exercise, and mental health

The person / organisation is also welcome to suggest a topic for which I will develop a presentation.

Please contact me via cell or email if you have any other questions