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.
Psychodynamic / In-depth psychotherapy with adults and couples
I am a clinical psychologist with private practices in Stellenbosch and Cape Town (Gardens area).
My main area of interest and expertise is in-depth psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults and couples. This involves an in-depth approach to understanding deep-seated psychological problems.
The psychodynamic therapeutic approach is non-directive and non-judgemental. Building a trusting therapist-patient relationship, in which a safe space to express feelings is created, is integral to the process. This allows for the exploration and resolution of the unconscious conflicts which create psychological turmoil. Healing takes place when the psychodynamics of these issues are understood consciously, worked through, and integrated into the self.
As a clinical psychologist with additional training in the medical field, I also have a special interest in the link between medical/physical problems and their psychological origin/consequences. The mind and body are intimately connected, and unconscious psychological conflicts or past traumatic experiences often present in the form of physical symptoms and problems. Examples are: irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, chronic fatigue, migraine, gynaecological problems, infertility, auto-immune diseases, panic disorder, chronic pain, skin diseases, sexual disorders, and many other (often unexplained) medical diseases. Traditional medical treatments often don’t result in cure or only provides temporary symptom relief.
In addition, I also have special interests and experience in sexual abuse, eating disorders, sexual problems, sexual orientation issues, ante- and postnatal depression, chronic depression, traumatic experiences, anxiety disorders, bereavement and loss, relationship problems, as well as clinical hypnotherapy.
HPCSA Number: 0091332
Practice Number: 0214582