HPCSA Number: PRC0000914
My name is Marianne Gush. I am an HPCSA-registered psychological counsellor with a Ph.D in Positive Psychology. This means that, while I do help people through difficult times in life, I also have a strong focus on growth and helping my clients build personal resources. In other words, I not only focus on survival, but also on thriving. I would like to help you do this: to overcome obstacles and live life to your fullest potential.
As a mom of two I am very much focused on how Positive Psychology can help me be a more constructive parent – giving my children a better chance of living full and meaningful lives. As a Strengths Based Parenting practitioner, I am available to help you learn new parenting skills which will help you help your children to thrive – no matter their age.
Besides being a mom, I am also a wife and have much experience in building a positive relationship in the midst of mental health difficulties. Whether your aim is to grow together or to simply cope through the tough times, I would feel privileged to accompany you on that journey.
No one is perfect. In fact, it is often our imperfections that make us intriguing and even beautiful. I value creating an accepting therapeutic space where you can feel safe to confidentially share your experiences with me. I follow a person-centered and strength-based approach founded on mutual respect.
General Counselling Whether you just need someone to talk to, aren’t sure how to manage a life change, or, are struggling with a looming decision – I am available to work things through with you. Even more so, if your goal is personal growth and potential development, I’d be honoured to facilitate such a process with you.
Parenting Support I offer individual parenting-focused sessions, as well as parenting workshops – either online or in person. We all want what is best for our children, but knowing what that is, is not often easy. I offer practical and research-based strategies which will not only benefit your child, but also your relationship, and, you personally.
Caring for the Carer Whether you are a partner, spouse, parent, employer, son or daughter - if you are supporting someone with a mental or physical health problem, then I am available to support you. It is easy to forget about your own needs when you are so focused on providing support for someone else. The irony is that the carer who does not practise self-care, will likely not be able to provide the best care and may even burn out. Looking after yourself is a crucial part of caring for others.
Relationship Support A strength-based approach helps you and your partner get to know each other in a whole new way. The goal here is not to fix what may be broken, but to heal and grow together.
Works with: Adolescents, adults, families, and individuals.
Specialising in: Family difficulties, life changes, loss/grief, organisational development, relationships, and self development.
Working in: English and Afrikaans.
Working in the following modalities: Integrative therapy.