Nikki Grupel Psychologist Therapist Bryanston Sandton Couples Therapist Individal Therapy

"Just like a Lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world"

“Think of your head as an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone.” ― Augusten Burroughs

Finding a therapist who is objective, open and non-judgemental, whom you trust to keep sacred your inner most painful, hidden and deep seated thoughts, feelings and difficulties, can be one of the most liberating gifts you can allow yourself. This is why I became a psychologist, as this treacherous journey can be traveled safely, one in which you do not need to go at alone.

Perhaps you are experiencing emotional turmoil, or you are finding that your relationships, work etc. are suffering. Maybe you are looking for personal growth and to increase your own self-awareness. We each have our own stories, relationships, circumstances and perhaps difficulties, that are unique to us and it is this that colours the therapeutic process.

I work within an eclectic therapeutic approach which allows me to incorporate various psychotherapy modalities, to ensure that each client, couples or families’ needs are met, and that are uniquely tailored to them. My aim is to create a safe, confidential and exploratory therapeutic space where we journey together to help you in developing deep insight into your self, and to develop life-changing habits in order to cope with life’s various obstacles. 


It has always been in my nature to explore and understand the feelings, behaviours and perceptions of other individuals. It has also always occurred to me the difficulty in finding a safe space to fully express these aspects of the self. With these curiosities, and my interest in human beings and our deep complexities, I journeyed to become the psychologist I am today.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts and Honours in Psychology, as well as my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and graduated Cum Laude. For me, this meant that I found my life's work. I have worked at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital whereby I was fortunate to gain immense experience working with a variety of patients (forensic, children aged 4 to 12 years and adults) who presented with various mental illnesses such as  schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, mood disorders (eg. Bipolar and Major Depression), anxiety disorders, ADHD, conduct disorders and the like.

Following this, I was employed at Leeuwkop Correctional Centre, which pushed me to new heights, where I therapeutically engaged with the male offender population, including Lifers and high profile cases. These experiences gave me deep insight into the uniqueness of each and every individual and further fueled my love for being a psychologist. 

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