What do I do?
As a Psychologist I believe in creating a comfortable frame for people to explore personal challenges. I tend to be less symptom focused and more person focused, meaning that I value the unique complexities inherent in being human, so aim to enhance self-understanding as a tool to foster personal growth through adversity.
I draw from a variety of theories in my work, but mainly use a narrative approach, which simply put, explores the meaning that we create through the stories we construct and tell about ourselves and the world. Through a process of uncovering these stories, I provide guidance on how to re-author those that may be the source of distress or emotional pain. I also draw on mindfulness-based techniques and work within an overarching psychodynamic framework.
Working with me
For me, therapy is a blank space where one can step off the hamster wheel of life and take time to reflect on the self-determinant aspects of life. To be human is to feel pain. I believe in harnessing the indelible human spirit in all of us, the spirit that strives to survive despite these inevitable hardships. While emotional pain and distress is unavoidable, it’s effect on the outcome of our lives is not. Through building a positive and supportive therapeutic alliance with my clients, I work toward finding effective means of managing these adversities so as to yield more positive life outcomes.
Other interesting things…
I am a member of SASHA, the South African Sexual Health Association, which is an organisation of medical professionals from various backgrounds who all have a special interest in sexual health. As such I enjoy working with adolescents, couples and individuals in the area of sexuality and gender. I also belong to an academic reading group that looks at issues pertaining to Queer theory, working with LGBTI+ clients and the intersectionality of race, class and gender.
My other great passion is working with children through play therapy and parent coaching. I have vast experience working with children and offer play therapy at all my practices. I have done extensive volunteer and paid work with children in low-income settings and children who are victims of sexual abuse. I trained in the Child and Family Unit, as well as the Intellectual Disability Unit at Lentegeur Hospital. Prior to that I worked in a large multi-national NGO running multiple self-development programmes for children.
What can I help with?
While I am able to assist with any challenge of a psychological nature, these are the areas I focus on mainly:
- Depression, anxiety, trauma
- Self-esteem and personal development
- Play therapy and parenting coaching
- Sexuality and gender identity issues (for children, adolescents and adults)
- Relationship / Couple work
- Life stage coaching for adults and adolescents
- Loss and Bereavement
Rates differ across practices, but please enquire as I am willing to negotiate rates according to need. Also note that even if you only have a hospital plan, your sessions may still be covered under Prescribed Minimum Benefits, depending on your diagnosis. Please enquire if you are unsure. All medical aids accepted.