Lauren Gower

Clinical Psychologist
Linksfield & Parkwood, Johannesburg
Mobile Number: 082 688 5957
Email Address: lauren.gower@live.co.za
Address:
3 Sunglades, 8 John Avenue, Bedford Park, Germiston 2007, South Africa
11 Sussex Rd, Parkwood, Randburg 2193, South Africa

I offer short to longer term therapies for children, adolescents and adults, including couples.

Some of the areas I assist my clients in are:

  • mood and anxiety disorders (burnout, feeling overwhelmed, unable to get out of bed in the morning, loss of motivation, social withdrawal, eating difficulties, decline in productivity, depression)
  • adjustment difficulties and trauma (parenting problems, adoption, postnatal depression, separation anxieties, career changes)
  • Developmental issues including transcultural, transsexual and transgender experiences
  • marital and couples therapy
  • Illness and bereavement

I use initial therapy consultations to explore your current situation in order to assess how best to assist you.

Orientation and approach

Psychotherapy aims to bring about significant and lasting change. You will be listened to with respect and without judgement. If you feel unhappy or overwhelmed, then psychotherapy can help resolve your difficulties.

  • You may have been struggling with confusion and conflict for a long time.
  • You may be in a situation causing you distress, or struggling in your relationships.
  • You may have questions about who you are and how you behave.

As a psychotherapist, I can help by:

  • Providing a safe place for you to discuss your problems openly and in depth.
  • Encouraging you to express what you genuinely think and feel.
  • Assisting you to identify emotions and thoughts which you may not be aware of.
  • Enabling you to fully understand the underlying causes of your distress.

The process may involve:

  • Thinking about the environment in which you grew up, your childhood and adolescent experiences.
  • Carefully considering how your adult life has unfolded.
  • Looking at how you relate to your therapist, as this may have links to other relationships.

Personal Statement

In this form of psychotherapy we explore how a problematic situation has come about and explore creative ways to identify and address the most pertinent issues. Through the therapy there is the potential to develop new insights into yourself, to rediscover and build resilience, and to find constructive ways of coping with unpleasant thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Through cultivating mindfulness about how you perceive the present (based on previous experiences), space is opened up to consider other ways of perceiving and coping with both past and present difficulties.

Past experience

  • I have worked as a clinical psychologist for 25 years both in private practice and as a consultant to schools, children’s homes and NGO’s (Community Aids Response (Care), Zakheni Expressive Arts Foundation, and Vuka (a SETA-accredited program for Hearing-Impaired Youth and Youth at Risk) and for Famsa.
  • I have experience as a supervisor including supervising clinical masters’ students at the University of the Witwatersrand. I currently run a CPD-accredited study group for psychologists and am a past member of the SA Psychoanalytical Confederation Ethics Committee. I have co-published a book for counsellors in Southern Africa (Elements of Counselling: A Handbook for Counsellors in Southern Africa). I am also a qualified Iyengar yoga instructor.

Practice No: PR 8615551
HPCSA Reg No: PS 0027260