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.
As a Clinical Psychologist I provide clinical and psychotherapy services to adolescents (16+) and adults in private practice, and consulting services at the University of Cape Town's Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. In addition to my clinical and consulting services I also consult to private corporate clients.
My clinical interests include assisting individuals who are experiencing:
I also have an interest in the psychological dynamics within corporate environments and consult to individuals and private corporate clients in the area of psychological literacy.
I practice psychotherapy primarily from what is called an integrative psychodynamic framework. This approach aims to resolve and prevent specific personal difficulties by developing a collaborative working relationship that facilitates an understanding of how particular thoughts, feelings, and behaviors contribute towards specific personal difficulties (or other more substantial psychological or psychiatric challenges).
Although I practice from a integrated psychodynamic framework, I may augment my practice with more directive non-dynamic practices after considering an individuals' specific circumstances and goals.
Clients and patients can expect to meet once a week for 45 minutes, at a dedicated regular time. During the first few sessions I will usually complete a formal (clinical) assessment - which assists in identifying personal difficulties as well as specific goals that clients and patients may wish to achieve.
Most people find a 3 - 9 month psychodynamic inquiry sufficient to reflect on and address their initial difficulties, although many individuals decide to further enhance their personal functioning by continuing with a more substantive psychodynamic inquiry.
I completed my academic training as a clinical psychologist through the University of Stellenbosch where I completed a BSc (Honours) (Psychology) and an MSc (Clinical Psychology).
After my academic training I spent 2 years working at different state hospitals. This included the acute male admission and forensic units at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital, and out-patient and in-patient wards at Groote Schuur Hospital. During my public service year I established and managed the clinical psychology and mental health services unit at Abraham Esau District Hospital and various Community Health Centres in the southern Karoo region.
I am registered with the following professional organisations:
For more information about my practice, please click on the highlighted web-link at the top or bottom of this page to visit my website (www.psydyn.com).
HPCSA Number: PS0122831
Practice Number: PN0573744