Dr Akashni Maharaj

Counselling Psychologist
Bellair Psychology Centre, Durban
Telephone: 031 459 1940
Mobile Number: 076 694 3661
Email Address: info@akashnimaharaj.co.za
203 Wakesleigh Road Bellair Psychology Centre Bellair 4094 Durban

Akashni Maharaj is a therapist in private practice. She works with adults, adolescents and children. She adopts various modalities in her approach to therapy. She has completed her PhD in alternative therapies and has married the area of alternative therapies with traditional psychotherapies. She specifically looked at how these modalities can be used in unison with one another to maximize the therapeutic process.  She has found that the mind-body-spirit connection is an amazing tool to work with. Most of today’s imbalances come from the mal- alignment of the mind, body and the spirit. She utilizes this approach to therapy and finds that she is able to work successfully to address most psychological problems that an individual brings to her rooms. She therefore provides the patient/client a diverse approach when they come in for therapy.

Akashni regularly contributes to the local media, both print and electronic. In the print media she is a regular columnist and shares her knowledge with many people. Her articles are well searched and insightful and easy to understand. She has appeared on various talk shows and has contributed to both national as well as international magazines.
She has her own website: www.akashnimaharaj.co.za

Akashni's work in her practice is two-fold, she works with children/adolescents as well asadults. She is a family mediator and works with many children who are stuck in the process of their parents divorce.

She conducts the following:

  • Play therapy
  • Emotional Assessments
  • IQ Assessment
  • Mediation between parents
  • Parenting workshops and Parenting Classes

Akashni also devises Parenting Plans  for parents who find it hard to communicate what they need when it comes to the best interests of their children. She s also able to give parenting advice and she is currently in the process of publishing her first book on parenting which will cover from birth to adolescents years.

One of her methods of therapy involves the use of Hypnotherapy in her practice. She finds that it is a powerful tool and more people are leaning towards hypnosis as a means to address their psychological maladies. Hypnotherapy can assist an individual to become more consciously aware and it allows the conscious mind to sit back and access the sub-conscious mind where all the trauma lies dormant. Once the subconscious mind is accessed many  suppressed problems can be addressed. She has found that hypnosis addresses  issues from current as well as past lives (Past life regression).

Areas that hypnotherapy is effective:

  • Weight loss
  • Smoking
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Self esteem
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Emotional and psychiatric disorders
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Pain management
  • Cancer
  • Preparation for surgery

Akashni uses hypnotherapy successfully with CBT to address sport related referrals (Sport Psychology). As part of enhancement, she designs specific training programmes for athletes to meet their particular individual needs. Other areas in which hypnosis is effective in sport psychology in are:

  • Goal setting
  • Control of anxiety, anger and emotionality
  • Enhance motivation and enthusiasm
  • Enhancing performance skills
  • Increase in self –esteem
  • Increased energy and feelings of invigoration and endurance
  • Control of internal dialogue and decrease awareness of unimportant external stimuli.

Practice Number: 0256749
HPCSA: 0098809