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.
Patty is a counselling psychologist based in Bryanston, Sandton who works with adult individuals, couples and families. Prior to becoming a psychologist, she worked in the corporate field for a number of years.
As an intern psychologist, she gained invaluable experience by working in a variety of settings with individuals, couples and families. Patty has built on this experience over the last 7 years by working in private practice with adult individuals and couples. She has recently spent some time working in private practice in Australia, where she expanded on her knowledge and range of skills by attending numerous workshops and talks by renowned authorities in the field of psychology.
Her areas of interest include relationship difficulties (and break-ups), life-adjustment concerns, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, personal growth and workplace stressors.
Patty has a particular interest in relationships and why some work and others do not. She works with couples and with individuals (whose relationships have broken up).
Patty uses a therapeutic approach that is individualistic and integrative drawing on principles from a range of therapeutic styles. She is interested in helping clients to understand their difficulties in a way that facilitates healing; thereby assisting them to gain greater insight into their lives.
She believes that for therapy to be effective, there must be honesty, commitment and a genuine therapeutic alliance between therapist and client. Her clients describe her as present, respectful, empathetic and insightful.
She also offers after hour and Saturday appointments and charges medical aid rates.