I am a clinical psychologist in Stellenbosch, offering therapy to adults. Choosing to come for psychotherapy is a very important decision. I hope the information provided will assist you in deciding whether the therapy I offer will be best for your needs.
Approach and special interests
I use an integrative approach and my special interests include depression, anxiety, dealing with historic trauma (e.g. childhood sexual abuse), loss and bereavement, adjustment problems and personal growth by understanding your unique story to find your true self.
Who would benefit from seeing a clinical psychologist?
Psychotherapy provides a confidential space in which any area of your life can be thought about. So if you have a curiosity about yourself or your relationships, or if you feel something is not working in your life, or causing you undue anxiety or depression, you would benefit from seeing a clinical psychologist.
What can I expect when I come for a psycho-therapeutic session?
A typical therapeutic session usually lasts 50 minutes. In the initial session you will meet your therapist and s/he will introduce their way of working (therapeutic approach). Your therapist will also reassure you that whatever you talk about will be kept confidential (e.g. not shared with anyone). It is important to note that there are limits to confidentiality, and your therapist will explain it carefully. After divulging some basic information (e.g. contact details, occupation, etc.), you can share your reason for seeking therapy. It is all right if you are not sure what the exact reason is – your therapist can help you discover it. Together you will also discuss any concerns and expectations about starting your therapeutic process. Clinical psychologists are trained in making you feel comfortable and safe, so you do not have to be overly anxious about the initial session. The subsequent sessions will be used to explore and address the thoughts, feelings or behaviours that are troubling you.
Qualifications and Experience
As a registered Clinical Psychologist, my training and experience covered the treatment of various psychological conditions. I worked with both inpatients (e.g. those whose mental distress required them to be treated in hospital), outpatients (e.g. those who are struggling, but still live at home), adults, adolescents and younger children.
I obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology (cum laude) from the University of the Free State and completed my internship at Stikland Psychiatric Hospital and Tygerberg hospital. My Community Service was in Mitchell’s Plain where I worked in a big district hospital and adjacent clinics.
I also completed a Master of Science degree in Research Psychology (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch and gained lots of experience as a research assistant in acute inpatient psychiatry at City University, London, for a number of years. During my time in England I took part in many research projects and presented the findings at international conferences.
Having a background in research and being a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (www.hpcsa.co.za), I feel that I have an ethical responsibility to continue my professional training and development to keep up to date with the latest developments in the clinical psychology field in order to provide the best clinical care possible.
HPCSA registration number: PS0119326
Practice number: 0538574