Malvina Bartmanski

Clinical Psychologist
Claremont, Cape Town
BA Psych (RAU); Hons Psych (cum laude) (UJ); MA Clinical Psych (cum laude) (UJ); BCOM Finance (UJ); Hons Financial Management (UJ)
Telephone: 021 761 1188 (Crescent Clinic)
CRESCENT CLINIC, 269 Main Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa

I am a clinical psychologist. I provide individual psychotherapy services for adults and psychological assessment services for adults, adolescents and children.

I believe that within you is a wise authentic self that can activate your healing. I would be honored in guiding you to awaken this authentic self to allow you to transform your life, your relationships and yourself in a deep and meaningful way.

I make use of an integrative approach to fit my client’s unique needs and circumstances. My psychotherapeutic method facilitates healing through a process of integration of past trauma. Trauma can be explained as any distressing event that overwhelms an individual’s capacity to cope. In scientific terms, trauma happens when our nervous system becomes overwhelmed and our most primal coping strategies fail. If we feel threatened or attacked but are unable to fight or flee in that situation, our nervous system reacts by freezing or disconnecting/dissociating and the energy of the unprocessed fear gets locked into our body. Unintegrated past trauma remains with us in the present, resulting in repetitive negative patterns restricting our potential and freedom to live our lives as we desire. The energetic residues of trauma can show up in the body as chronic tensions, pain or illness and express as states of stress, fear and reactivity, leading to anxiety, depression, addictions and often, the constellation of symptoms that we call PTSD. All the diagnoses out there, whether depression, anxiety or even psychosis, are significantly rooted in trauma. They are manifestations of trauma. Therapy is aimed at liberating a client’s potential by releasing the effects of traumatic experience from the system.

In my practice, you will find a safe space and effective tools that help you to address all of the facets of your experience that may be creating dis-ease. If talking works best for you, then we can talk through your challenges. But if you have found that, no matter how much insight you gain, talking is not enough then we will delve into experiential tools that will engage the rest of you: body, emotion, mind and spirit. These methods assist clients in bringing about necessary shifts and solidifying them in their lives. With many tools in my therapeutic toolbox, I mindfully explore the integrity of what is most beneficial and appropriate for each unique client.

I have a special interest and work in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety (including panic & phobias)
  • Assertiveness
  • Burnout
  • Chronic pain
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Life’s transitions
  • Mood disorders (including depression & bipolar disorder)
  • Neuropsychological disorders
  • Personality issues
  • Psychosomatic issues (physical issues with psychological roots)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spiritual emergence/transpersonal states/spiritual integration
  • Stress/lifestyle difficulties
  • Suicide/self-harm
  • Trauma (PTSD, acute, developmental, & relational)

Although I have mentioned multiple diagnostic categories here, I prefer to understand individuals without diagnostic labels and rather as a consequence of the experiences that have shaped them. My preference is not to focus on pathology, but rather on healing and growth.

Business Hours:

Flexible to accommodate client needs.

HPCSA Nr: PS 013 5461
Practice Nr: 0860010752843