Yael O'Reilly

Clinical Psychologist  BA, BA Hons, MA Clin Psych (cum laude)  ?
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Elder Street

Kloof Road Medical Centre, 17 Kloof Road

Works with: Adults, children, adolescents, couples, and individuals.
Specialising in: Anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, child sexual abuse, depression, developmental disorders, family difficulties, life changes, loss/grief, relationships, trauma, organisational development, and self development.
Working in: English.
Fairmount Bedfordview

I am a Clinical Psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults, and I have a practice in Fairmount and Bedfordview. Although I am psychodynamically trained, I recognise the importance of both short and long term therapeutic work as well as the usefulness of the different therapeutic models, and I thus tailor my interventions to suit the unique and specific needs of each client.

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process in which client and therapist embark on a journey of discovery and enlightenment, and I am committed to being an active participant in the journey. I aim to provide a therapeutic space that is comfortable and safe so that my clients are able to explore past, present and future stressors in order to find fulfilment and meaning in their lives.

I have extensive experience in working with clients of different cultures, religions and ethnicities, and as a result I feel comfortable working with the myriad of difficulties that my clients may bring. I have a particular interest in:

  • Play therapy – I strongly believe that in order for play therapy to be useful, it is imperative that parents have some sort of involvement in the process. I therefore have intermittent collaborative sessions with the parents so that the difficulties of the child and broader family system can be thought about in a supportive and meaningful way.

  • Adolescents – trying to navigate the challenges and confusion that accompanies adolescence can often be overwhelming and scary. It is a critical period in one’s life when one is looking for more freedom and individuation, while still needing support and nurturance. I work with teenagers who self-harm, have behavioural difficulties, poor interpersonal relationships and more.

  • Parent Counselling – Parenting is one of the most rewarding, but also one of the most challenging endeavours that we can embark on. Having a space to think about oneself as a parent and the accompanying challenges can often relieve the burden that many parents experience. In Parent Counselling sessions we think about how your experience of being parented has impacted the way you parent, as this forms the blueprint for our own parenting styles.

  • Post-natal depression – Unfortunately, PND rears its head at a time when the mother or father are at their most vulnerable, making it that much harder to not only care for others, but to care for oneself as well. I am passionate about working with moms or dads who have been affected by PND, and I endeavour to be a source of support while my client processes and makes sense of the transition to motherhood / fatherhood.

  • Trauma – in the South African context, trauma is a very real and present threat that we are faced with. When working with trauma I endeavour to help my clients process and make sense of the trauma so that they are not defined or controlled by it.

In addition to the above, I have experience in working with:

  • Loss or bereavement

  • Trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Life adjustment difficulties

  • Self-esteem

  • Self-destructive behaviour

  • Couple’s therapy / marriage counselling

To ensure comprehensive and optimal treatment, I work closely with other healthcare professionals including Doctors, teachers, social workers and other psychologists.


Tel: 072 200 2670
Mobile: 072 200 2670


HPCSA Number: PS0127124