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.
My name is Veronica Robertson, I am an educational psychologist and play therapist. I work with children of all ages. I specialise in diagnosing learning disorders in the foundation, intermediate and senior phases. I complete full psycho-educational assessments in order to determine a child's cognitive and scholastic profile of strength's and weakness's as well as routinely work as a play therapist to assist children to overcome difficulties in their development.
Children are not always able to verbally express what they are feeling, instead, they will communicate what they are experiencing through play. Play therapy serves children well as it allows them to use their most natural form of expression, that of play, to communicate. Play therapy in return allows the play therapist to communicate understanding, acceptance and options in a way that children can most readily take in.
As a play therapist, I encourage children to use play to share their life experiences, express their concerns and worries and find solutions to problems. In my playroom I provide an environment where a child feels safe, accepted and understood. This process empowers the child and through play he/she feels a sense of control and mastery. When children experience a sense of mastery over themselves and their behavior it leads to feelings of self worth. This in turn allows them more flexibility in the world and in time they begin to choose behavior that is more enjoyable for the people around them.
HPCSA Number: PS0118850
Practice Number: 0503150