Wendy Baxter

Counselling Psychologist
Morningside, Sunninghill, Sandton, Johannesburg | Fontainbleau, Randburg
Mobile Number: 082 651-5235 (leave a message or text)
Email Address: wendybaxter05@gmail.com
Address:
Summit Square 15 School Road Morningside Sandton 2196
Zipphealth Medical Centre, Fountains Centre, Cnr Republic and Rabie Roads, Fontainbleau, Randburg
Sunninghill, Sandton, South Africa

At times life leaves us feeling uncomfortable and less like the person we would like to be.  Whether you are experiencing a sense of loss about a relationship, having conflict with people around you or having issues at work … it may lead to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or anger and frustration.  Sometimes you need more than a quick fix … this is where you may need professional help to get on top of those feelings that negatively impact on you.  It may be time for therapy.

I am here to help you make a change towards a more content, happier and fulfilled you – living the best life you can.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Therapy helps you to explore your thoughts and feelings, look at your actions and the impact they have on your life. Bringing these back in line with who you want to be.

COUPLES COUNSELLING

Couples counselling entails supporting the couple through a process in which they may choose to work together to find solutions to build their relationship or to explore ways to end it.  My role is to provide the space to do this in.

PARENTING PLANS

I am able to formulate a parenting plan that enables the adults to make informed choices about the way they parent their children in a mutually effective way.  I help to guide parents based on the developmental stage of the child.  For example: to ask the parents to consider when it is appropriate to introduce the child to the parent’s new partner; what to call the parent’s new partner, etc.

CAREER, STUDY AND SCHOLASTIC ASSESSMENTS

I am able to perform a variety of assessments to allow you to make career, study and scholastics decisions based on your aptitudes, abilities, interests and personality.

BACKGROUND

I particularly enjoy working with adults and teens.  I also have a broad range of experiences working in a variety of settings:

  • Counselling university students
  • group work at a psychiatric hospital
  • anger management with maximum security prisoners
  • court preparation with abused children
  • community counselling
  • sex education with cognitively impaired adults
  • trauma debriefing with victims of crime
  • counselling and assessments at high school
  • counselling at rehab
  • behaviour modification with autistic children
  • assessment of literacy skills
  • assessment of  gifted  children
  • forensic assessment of parents
  • private practice
  • substitute lecturing.

These experiences have informed my therapeutic ability to deal with a diverse range of issues that people bring to me.

I always acknowledge that people are basically doing the best they can, given their situation.  As they know better ... they do better.

Qualifications

I hold the degrees of Bachelor of Psychology (Magna cum laude) and Master of Psychology.  I was awarded for my achievement of South African National Top Achiever in my Bachelor’s degree.

My Honours research examined a child’s attachment to his/her mother and that relationship to the ability to manage negative emotions.  My Masters research focused on children’s view of their family after divorce, highlighting the child’s perception of attachment and their view of authority.

SERVICES

My therapy includes exploring your feelings, views and behaviour to evaluate the impact this has on your relationship with yourself and others.  The goal is to enable you to help alleviate the difficulties you experience and improve the quality of the relationships you have with others and the way you feel about your behaviour.

KEY AREAS:

  • Anger management
  • Coping with depression
  • Poor self-esteem and self-image
  • Jealousy
  • Personal and relationship problems
  • Marriage and family counselling
  • Divorce counselling
  • Pre- and post- HIV assessment therapy
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Trauma counselling
  • Coping with anxiety
  • Stress-related difficulties
  • Dealing with life’s changes
  • Couple therapy to discover mutually beneficial solutions
  • Psychometric assessments: study choices, change of career, emotional ability and intellectual ability

CONTACT

Situated in Sandton at Summit Square, Ground Floor, 15 School Road corner Rivonia Road, Morningside.

For your convenience, Summit Square has secure, free parking.

I may be contacted directly on 082 651-5235 or email wendybaxter05@gmail.com

FEES

Session fees are charged in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.

Assessments are billed according to what is included.  This will be discussed before-hand.

Your psychological health is my prime concern.  As such, should you require additional sessions, I will discuss payment with you and adjust fees if I am of the opinion that you will benefit.

MEDICAL AID RATES

Rates are determined by your individual medical aid. Kindly pay directly and claim from your medical aid as this is the most efficient method for our practice. I have determined that our rates are well within those tariffs prescribed by most medical aids.

PAYMENT

Various payment options including cash, EFTs, debit or credit card transactions facilities.

Practice No: 0572772
HPCSA No: PS 0127353

Seven reasons not to see a psychologist:

With thanks to Mel for this amazing list

I don’t need therapy because I can talk to my good friends about my problems
There is no doubt that the love and support of family and friends is very important.  Usually, friends go back and forth discussing each other’s issues but a therapy session is devoted to you – and it’s entirely confidential.  During a session with a highly trained professional able to diagnose and treat emotional and behavioural problems, you can ‘let it all hang out’.  When we’re talking to friends, we tend to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings or showing ourselves in a bad light.

I don’t need therapy because I can get better on my own – I just need to have a positive attitude
Some people try to solve their problems over years and find that it’s simply not enough.  Seeing a therapist doesn’t mean you’ve failed.  After all, most of us wouldn’t dream of trying to fix our own car. Some disorders such as panic attacks and depression have a biological component, making it incredibly difficult, if not impossible to heal yourself.

I don’t need therapy because people who go to therapy are weak
Sadly, many people think it’s fine to go to a doctor for a physical problem but they see psychological problems as a weakness or character flaw.  Having the courage to reach out and admit you need help is a sign of strength not weakness – and it’s the first step towards feeling better.  After all, there’s no sense in staying stuck in a bad situation.

I don’t need therapy because only crazy people go for psychotherapy
People consult psychotherapists for a range of reasons.  Some need treatment for depression, anxiety or substance abuse.  Others need help processing major life changes: job loss, divorce or the death of a loved one.  Some need help managing the demands of parenting, work and family responsibilities, coping with medical illness or improving their relationship skills.  These problems affect all of us and can be solved through therapy.  Some people go to therapy to figure out who they are in order to live life to the fullest – and there’s no shame in wanting to live a better life.

I don’t need therapy because therapy is expensive and takes too long
This common misperception often prevents people from seeking help.  If you are concerned, speak to your therapist to get an indication of the cost of your treat ment. Most psychologists have a deep respect for humanity or they would have chosen more lucrative careers.  We believe in focused effective treatments and within a few sessions you should know whether the psychologist is right for you.  Change doesn’t have to take years.  And think about how much you spend on superficial things trying to make yourself feel better.  Therapy is an investment in yourself – it helps you to reach your full potential, setting aside the fears and obstacles that are holding you back.

I don’t need therapy because a psychologist will just blame all your problems on your parents or your childhood
A psychologist might suggest exploring significant events that have impacted on your life, including childhood experiences.  Sharing information about your family background can help you and your psychologist understand your perceptions and feelings, the strategies you use to cope or identify behavioural patterns.  Looking back sometimes helps you understand the present in order to make positive changes for the future.  In some situations, your psychologist will focus on the current problem without examining your past at all.

I don’t need therapy because psychologists just listen to you vent, so why pay someone to listen to you complain?
The starting-point of therapy involves the psychologist asking you to explain what brought you there in the first place.  The psychologist will gather relevant background information, the problems you have previously experienced and the manner in which you’ve responded to major life events. Psychotherapy is an interactive, collaborative process. It involves dialogue and your active participation in joint problem-solving strategies.  Your psychologist may give you homework or reading assignments focused on practising new skills or learning more about a topic.  Together you will identify problems, set future goals and assess your progress.