Counselling psychologists treat people dealing with normal life challenges, such as the loss of a job or divorce. They hold Master’s Degrees in Counselling Psychology and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
I enjoy working with all ages and provide psychotherapy in English and Afrikaans.
My areas of interest include, but are not limited to: • Personal growth • Problems adjusting to life changes (e.g. divorce, new career, retirement) • Relationship problems • Self-esteem difficulties • Stress and Anxiety • Depression • Processing trauma and loss • Substance abuse • Bipolar disorder • Personality disorders
I view every individual I encounter as unique. I therefore alter my psychotherapeutic approach to fit best with the client in front of me. I work mostly from a person-centred approach, including elements of cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, and narrative psychotherapy. Person-centred means that I treat you with unconditional positive regard, listen empathically, and attempt to fully understand what has brought you to therapy. Cognitive-behavioural means that along the way I softly challenge any unhelpful cognitive or behavioural patterns which may be keeping you trapped. Solution-focused means that I brainstorm with you possible practical solutions to a problem. You will however remain autonomous in making your own decisions. Narrative in my approach means a future focus on who or what you want to become, incorporating your dreams, goals, and values. If I think it would be most beneficial to you, I may follow a pure psychodynamic approach during which I act mainly as a reflecting mirror. Often this approach requires a longer-term commitment to therapy to reap the full benefits. A psychodynamic approach may however also be used successfully short-term.
I completed my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Rhodes University, during which time I worked mostly with children and adolescents. I gained extensive experience in play therapy as well as psycho-educational assessments. During my internship at the Rhodes University Counselling Centre, I primarily provided psychotherapy to students, but also conducted career and other academic-related assessments. Before entering private practice, I worked at a residential addiction treatment centre for adults, where I gained extensive experience in individual therapy, group therapy, family/couples therapy, and psychological assessment and diagnosis.
Cash rate is R650 per 55 minute session. Claims can be made directly on your behalf from certain medical aids (please see my website).
HPCSA Number: PS 0132241
Practice Number: 0635219