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 R675 for a 55 minute session and R1015 for a 90 minute session. Claims can be made directly on your behalf from certain medical aids at the medical aid rate.
HPCSA Number: PS 0132241
Practice Number: 0635219