Based in Somerset West, I am a registered clinical psychologist providing a broad range of clinical and therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families within the greater Helderberg and Stellenbosch area.
Background and Education
My working life began in primary and high school education, following the completion of a BMus degree at UCT in 2003, after which I worked for a period of six years as a full-time music educator at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory and High Schools. Although I found my work extremely fulfilling I had always had a fascination for psychology and so completed my BA Psych (Hons) through Unisa, on a part-time basis, before gaining acceptance into the MA (Clinical Psychology & Community Counselling) programme at Stellenbosch University in 2010.
Since then I have completed an internship through UCT’s Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health and a year’s community service providing therapeutic support to people affected by HIV and TB through the City of Cape Town’s Specialised Health Unit. I currently divide my time between work as a group psychotherapist at Bloemendal Addiction Treatment outside Stellenbosch and seeing clients privately.
As a therapist I am deeply committed to fostering an authentic and meaningful relationship with all my clients. I view my role as a facilitator, joining my clients on their journey toward greater insight and emotional connection to the often painful aspects of the past, and in so doing fostering a greater sense of resilience and healthy coping strategies for the present. Whether for the treatment of serious psychological conditions, or for the purposes of personal growth, my goal is to assist all my clients gain a sense of greater stability, wholeness and meaning for the future.
I have a special interest in schema therapy, but generally adopt an integrated approach that allows for flexibility and is tailored to the specific needs, desires and difficulties of my clients. Thus, in my work I draw on established insight-oriented, relational, gestalt and cognitive-behavioural models.
Areas of Special Interest
I have a special, but not exclusive, interest in anxiety disorders, including single incident and complex trauma; depression; addiction and compulsive behaviours; grief and loss; eating disorders; and disorders of adolescence that may include the above and specifically oppositional behaviour and conduct problems.
What’s the point of talking about my problems?
Psychotherapy offers a quiet, confidential, contained and focused space in which you can explore your problems and feelings without any fear of being judged. An experienced therapist will help you gain far greater insight into your feelings and thoughts about issues you are facing than you might receive from a family member or friend; however well-intentioned or caring they may be! A successful therapy, however long or short, is essentially one in which you emerge feeling as though you have grown as a person and are living a more fulfilled and meaningful life.
How long does psychotherapy take?
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends largely on the nature and extent of the difficulties in question. However, it is important to discuss this with your psychologist, especially where you may have limited funds available. In my practice I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process and so encourage open discussion, after the initial assessment, around the predicted length of the therapy and the desired outcomes for you or your family. If you are willing to engage with the therapy process following assessment it is guaranteed to be a meaningful experience that will open up greater possibilities for fulfillment in all areas of your life.
How much are consultations?
My fees are closely aligned with current medical aid rates, although I am more than willing to discuss my fee in the case of clients unable to draw on medical aid funds.
HPCSA Reg: PS0119873
Practice No: 0544779