HPCSA Number: PS 0132241
Practice Number: 0635219
I am a Counselling Psychologist offering psychotherapy to adults and couples in either English or Afrikaans.
My areas of interest include, but are not limited to: • Personal growth • Problems adjusting to life transitions • Relationship problems • Self-esteem difficulties • Stress and Anxiety • Depression • Processing trauma and loss • Bereavement
I view every individual I encounter as unique. I therefore alter my psychotherapeutic approach to fit best with the client in front of me. I work mostly from a person-centred approach, including elements of cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, and narrative psychotherapy.
Person-centred means that I treat you with unconditional positive regard, listen empathically, and attempt to fully understand what has brought you to therapy. Cognitive-behavioural means that along the way I softly challenge any unhelpful cognitive or behavioural patterns which may be keeping you trapped. Solution-focused means that I brainstorm with you possible practical solutions to a problem. You will however remain autonomous in making your own decisions. Narrative in my approach means a future focus on who or what you want to become, incorporating your dreams, goals, and values. If I think it would be most beneficial to you, I may follow a pure psychodynamic approach during which I act mainly as a reflecting mirror. Often this approach requires a longer-term commitment to therapy to reap the full benefits. A psychodynamic approach may however also be used successfully short-term.
I have been in private practice for over 6 years. I completed a Master’s degree in Psychology (full thesis) at Stellenbosch University. When not conducting research, I attended experiential short courses in mindfulness meditation and Jungian psychology. Thereafter I completed my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Rhodes University. Before entering private practice, I worked at a residential addiction treatment centre for adults.
Prior to studying psychology, I qualified and worked as a Chartered Accountant in external audit and finance for 10 years. During this time, I gained a good understanding of problems faced daily by individuals working in a corporate environment.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8h00 - 18h00 Sat: 8h00 - 12h00
Rate for a 55 minute session is R1100:
Claims can be made directly on your behalf from certain medical aids.
Works with: Adults, couples, and individuals.
Specialising in: Addiction, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, life changes, loss/grief, relationships, self development, trauma, and marital/couples therapy.
Working in: English and Afrikaans.
Working in the following modalities: Psychodynamic therapy, couples therapy, and integrative therapy.