Clinical psychologists treat people with relatively serious kinds of psychological distress, like depression or anxiety disorders. They hold Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
I have been practicing as a psychologist since I completed a psychometric internship in 1988. The following year I started my Masters which included practical work with clients. I then did a one-year internship and was asked to stay on as a full-time member of staff. This position was a joint Department of Health and University of the Witwatersrand post.
For the next twenty-three years, I worked in various hospitals and clinics and also in an after-hours practice. The result of this is that I have obtained an exposure to a wide variety of psychological problems and to different people. I am aware of the many forces which may impact on a person's happiness and their capacity to find a reason to wake up in the morning.
People are the way they are because that is how they have had to become in order to survive. There is always beauty in people: in their heroism, courage, love, pain, and even in their attempts to just keep going. Each person is the hero or heroine of their own story.
My therapeutic approach is to be eclectic and to match my theoretical interventions with the person and their particular problem. I make use of psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches, as well as integrations of these. My aim is always to approach people with warmth and to create a safe space for them to talk, feel affirmed, express whatever emotions they need to express and to not feel judged, but understood in all their complexity.
HPCSA Number: PS0036277
Practice Number: Pr8624259