Kenilworth, Cape Town
B Soc Sc (Psych) and B Soc Sc Honours (UKZN); Masters in Clinical Psychology (University of Cape Town); Masters in Research Psychology (UKZN)
I am a Clinical Psychologist, based in Kenilworth, working with late adolescents and adults. My areas of interest include mood regulation, bereavement and loss, women’s psychological health, family related issues (including challenges relating to ‘blended’/step families) and relationships / attachment difficulties. I offer both short-term and long-term psychotherapy. I aim to provide a supportive, yet at times, gently challenging space, that hopefully leaves you feeling understood and able to initiate change in your life.
Therapy is an opportunity to understand ourselves. It’s an opportunity to shine a light onto our feelings and minds and gain insight into the reasons why we think, do and feel the things we do. This is important because without insight we tend to think and act in ways that are not always in our best interests. Odd as it might seem, we can often be our own worst enemy and tragically, not even realise it!
In addition, the role of being human is often a difficult one. In fact, it’s often the everyday challenges that bring people to therapy. It’s normal to have family problems, relationship issues, and work stress. This is the emotional work of being an ordinary human being and what therapists assist with on a daily basis.
In short, people who come to therapy are usually at a point where they recognise that something is not working, either within themselves, or in their lives. Therapy is one medium that affords us an opportunity to sit back in a quiet space with someone who shares your interest in understanding more about you and the world around you.
I’m strongly influenced by psychodynamic theory to inform my understanding of a person’s presenting concern. This means I make sense of the current dilemma by understanding and drawing on the person’s past experiences and relationships. I believe these relationships and experiences often leave us with scars that affect our capacity to feel, respond and behave in optimal ways. Psychodynamic approaches often prioritise bringing light / awareness to these patterns. The idea is that with light (ie, awareness), the person will respond in more helpful ways in future. Additionally, where relevant, I incorporate the use of skills such as mindfulness to assist in emotional regulation and distress tolerance.