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ABOUT ME

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. 

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Individual therapy is a one-on-one collaborative process of engagement which can be supportive and/or exploratory in nature. Through the co-construction of a therapeutic relationship, individual therapy allows for a safe space to explore one's feelings, beliefs, spirituality or behaviours, and/or to explore aspects of the self that an individual wishes to better understand and change. On a person level, I help with depression and anxiety symptoms.
I work with individuals aged 12 years and older.

COUPLES THERAPY

Couples therapy involves joint sessions with myself and the couple together being "the client" (whether heterosexual, homosexual or transgender couples, dating, engaged, married or life-partners). The aim is to improve communication and to effectively address and resolve the problematic patterns and issues, and to strengthen the intimate relationship. Couples therapy may be short-or long-term depending on the complexities of the issues.

FAMILY THERAPY

Family therapy is based on the systemic framework, whereby sessions include myself and various family members (depending on the presenting problem). Family therapy aims to focus on the family as a complex system, which includes unique individual parts (family members) each playing a significant and impacting role on one another's emotional health. There are various reasons for family therapy (divorce, separation, illness, death, transitional stages of family development or change etc.) To obtain further information, please feel free to contact me. Family therapy  also treats anxiety and depression

SPECIAL INTERESTS

My professional interests additionally include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexuality and Gender-Related Therapy (Incl. Sex Therapy and Issues related to BDSM, Transgender, LGBTI etc.) This might include difficulties related to sexual functioning, feelings and intimacy, whether through individual or couples therapy, as well as issues related to sexual orientation.

  • Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Trauma Therapy and Debriefing

  • Addictions

  • Personality Disordersand Projective Assessments

  • Group Psychotherapy

  • Depression

THERAPEUTIC SERVICES