HPCSA Number: PS 0102628
Practice Number: PR0345970
I am a Clinical Psychologist with a BA Psychology [BPsych] degree and a Masters Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling Psychology degree from Stellenbosch University. I have more than 12 years’ experience as a psychoanalytic therapist in private practice. I follow a collaborative approach and have worked closely with psychiatrists in hospital settings such as 2 Military Hospital Wynberg, Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, Kenilworth Clinic and more recently Vincent Pallotti. My entry into psychology was via Community Psychology as a means to provide mental health interventions to large underserved communities. I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an independent practitioner. In addition I am also a trained Trauma Counsellor and use the Critical Incident Stress Management Model (CISMM).
Orientation and approach I believe that therapy is at its core a dialogue between the therapist and client(s). The origin of the word dialogue can be extracted from the Greek "dia" and "logos" which literal translation means “through meaning." Thus, the therapeutic process represents a dialogue during which one does not necessarily try to convince the other of their points of view, but rather create a learning-collaboration through which understanding and insight is sought. As such, dialogue is about creating a fuller picture of reality rather than breaking it down into fragments or parts. Accordingly, the ethos of dialogue represents an intergraded worldview in order to assist clients in reaching their full potential.
I work psychodynamicly within a Self-Psychology/ Relational and Jungian Theoretical Model and follow a Person-Centred approach. When working with clients I focus on the quality of early emotional attachments and the impact these have had on individual, couple and/or family dynamics. I also look at the context and lived realities that may impact and influence client(s) mental health directly. I am oriented towards creating meaning for individuals, couples, families and communities by assisting them to move beyond the fragmented information they hold about themselves and others, towards the development of new insights and a deeper level of understanding of their circumstances.
Psychotherapy My work as a psychotherapist is very meaningful to me and has contributed to a better understanding of individual personal psychology, couple and family dynamics. I also have extensive experience in facilitating group conversations and mediating group interaction, and previously worked in the media sector. My areas of practice include all clinical and counselling work relating to individuals, couples, families and communities. I have a special interest in the difficulties individuals experience within relationships - whether between intimate partners, parents and children, siblings or friends.
Themes most common in my practice: Early trauma and attachment difficulties Childhood abuse Sexual abuse Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Difficulties with affect regulation and interpersonal boundaries Mood and anxiety disorders such as depression, chronic anxiety and panic attacks Dealing with illness, stress, life changes and working through loss and grief Relationship issues (couples counselling) Interpersonal difficulties High conflict relationship/divorce Racism Personal growth
Psychosocial Analyst Over the past few years it has become obvious that there is an increasing need for socio-political and psychological interventions beyond the private therapy room. As a result I also focus on the role of trauma and loss; not just once-off traumatic events but more specifically intergenerational trauma as well as recurring and sustained experiences of historical trauma such as racism, poverty, violence and cultural alienation. I have a special interest in critical psychology, politics, race and media.
Works with: Adults, couples, families, and individuals.
Specialising in: Anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, child sexual abuse, depression, developmental disorders, family difficulties, life changes, loss/grief, marital/couples therapy, personality disorders, relationships, self development, sexuality and gender, and trauma.
Working in: English and Afrikaans.