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 completed my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at The University of the Free State with Cum Laude in 2015. I have always had a special interest in working with children and adolescents. I was the owner of a school for children with Special Needs from 2011-2013. I have a special interest in Social Skills Training for children with Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I was introduced to Gestalt Therapy during my Honours Degree in Psychology and fell in love with the approach. I have since improved myself with Gestalt Play Therapy and enjoy using this in my interaction with children. In my Masters dissertation I used the topic of substance abuse and psychological strengths as predictors of coping amongst adolescents. I spend two years researching the topic and have a great interest in educating adolescents in coping strategies and teaching them to utilize their interpersonal strengths. My other passion lies with assessments of children and adolescents. This includes school readiness assessment, assessment for concessions, general scholastic assessment, subject choice counselling and career counselling. I believe in identifying scholastic and other problems as soon as possible in order to assist children and adolescents to overcome their academic obstacles. As for subject choice counselling and career counselling I believe that every individual needs guidance in making an informed decision. I use a holistic approach which includes the individual’s narrative, personality, interests, aptitude, scholastic abilities and life goals to reach a decision together with the child. I continue to work with children and adolescents to help with their academic development which includes study skills, memory techniques and time management. Lastly, emotional intelligence development in children, adolescents and adults is a key aspect of my therapeutic approach.
HPCSA Number: PS 0130389
Practice Number: 0615250