Educational psychologists work with children and adolescents, assisting in their psychological adjustment and development. They operate within the contexts of family, school, peer groups and communities, and are able to conduct and interpret scholastic and psychometric tests. They hold Master’s Degrees in Educational Psychology and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
I am an Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). My journey as an Educational Psychologist began with my interest in the way children behave and think, and the manner in which children adapt to various situations. This interest grew into a passion and I was keen on learning about the uniqueness and potential of each child. This included the factors that stood as barriers to a child’s development and learning, and ways in which to deconstruct these barriers and enhance a child’s behaviour and performance. I went on to actualise my passion by obtaining a BA and BA Honours Degrees in Psychology as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, all at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Thereafter, I broadened my knowledge and experience within the field of Educational Psychology during my internship year at the Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCaD) at the University of Johannesburg. I was afforded the opportunity of working with a diversity of clients, including children, adolescents and young adults. I gained experience administering school readiness, psycho-educational, concession, career and emotional assessments. Furthermore, I was exposed to a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques which I utilized within my counselling and therapy sessions, tailoring it to the individuality of each client.
My practice of educational psychology is primarily grounded within the paradigms of psychodynamic as well as solution-focused psychology. Hence, I am trained to work both on a short-term as well as a long term therapy basis, depending on the needs of my clients.
SOME STYLES OF THERAPY / COUNSELLING METHODS USED:
• Psycho-Dynamic Therapy
• Solution Focused Therapy & Coaching
• Gestalt Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Person-Centred Therapy
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: -Developmental Assessments -School Readiness Assessments -Subject Choice Assessment -Psychological and Educational assessments -Career Counselling & Assessment -Exam Concession Assessments for both GDE and IEB -Workshops for Parents, Educators and Teenagers/ School Learners -Learning Support & Study Methods -Family Counselling -Play Therapy -Parent Guidance
HPCSA Number: PS0125644
Practice Number: PR0564214