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.
After completing a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy at UCT in 1981, I worked in various hospitals - mostly in Neuro rehab, ICU's and supervising, as well as teaching students. My interest in the inner world of patients, as well as how they and their families experienced and coped with illness and adversity, led me to study Psychology. I later completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at UCT in 1989. I have been working for more than 25 years as a Psychotherapist in my own practice. My practice is conveniently accessible from the M3 and is close to UCT and Cavendish Square. The therapy room overlooks a private, peaceful garden setting.
I work Psychoanalytically. The depth and richness of Psychoanalytic theory and technique, allows access to deeper layers of both our conscious and unconscious experiences. I also draw on Psychodynamic theories, as needed. I specialise in adult individual therapy and couple or conjoint therapy. Couples may be same sex or opposite sex; in a relationship or married. Conjoint therapy involves two people e.g friends, colleagues or a parent - adult "child" diad who need to explore conflicts and / or difficulties.
The kinds of difficulties that bring people to see me include: - Anxiety - Bereavement - Chronic Illness - Depression and Postnatal Depression - Eating Disorders - Life Stage Changes - Relationship / Marital difficulties - Stress and Lifestyle difficulties - Sexual Abuse - Trauma
Sessions last for 50 minutes, once or twice weekly. The first 3 sessions involve exploring reasons for therapy, discussing some of the client's background history, plus feedback from me. Thereafter, therapy may be short- term (about 8 sessions), medium-term (about 6 months to a year) or long-term (longer than one year). The duration of therapy depends on each client's personal circumstances and reasons for seeking help.
I respect my client's courage and trust in speaking to me about difficult things which are troubling, and hard to share with people in their lives. The safety of my confidential, respectful, non-judgmental therapy relationship is integral to the process.
The client and I will gently explore their experiences in a way that unpacks less obvious details, thoughts, feelings and meaning. Past difficulties are hidden in the present. Understanding the link between past and present frees one up to think and behave differently going forward.
Therapy works on many levels: There is relief and support from the therapist really listening. One also learns to become an interested observer of oneself; to connect more with one's own thoughts, feelings and behaviour. As a therapist, I listen, gently ask questions, share my thoughts about possible meanings, and make links with the past. This allows the client to gain self-knowledge and insight. Clients also learn additional skills in how to reflect, and find meaning in their own life events.
People who use therapy well, are better able to deal with the difficulties which they bring to therapy. Clients become more aware and insightful in processing conflict, setting boundaries, making choices / decisions and facing life's challenges. Improved communication and self knowledge also enhances one's relationship with oneself and others. These gains do take time. The benefits from medium and long-term therapy are deeper and more long lasting than crisis-orientated, short-term therapy.
I am a member of: - Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CTSPP) (past Chairperson) - Association of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (ACPP) (founder member) - SA Psychoanalytic Initiative (SAPI). - SA Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC)
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