Harfield Village, Claremont, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the South African College of Applied Psychology, and an intensive training in Focusing-oriented therapeutic work.
I work one-to-one with adults, offering supportive and exploratory counselling for a range of issues, including (but not restricted to) grief and bereavement, gay/lesbian issues and life transitions. My approach is resource oriented, and values collaboration, open-minded listening, and recognition of resilience and new vitality. I also teach Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing to individuals wanting to learn valuable personal growth and self-help skills.
Counselling can be an enriching and generative process, particularly when grounded in a trust of our remarkable capacity for resourcefulness – even at times of challenge and adversity. A reliable therapeutic relationship can be fertile ground for viewing one’s situation afresh, “resetting” stuck places and finding new sources of vitality and encouragement.
Focusing was developed by Prof Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago in the 1960s. He discovered the inner process that leads, most predictably, to change, and devised a very helpful practice – called Focusing – for identifying and exploring what he called the Felt Sense, the richly intuitive knowing that can bring surprising insights, new steps and deeper self-knowing. Focusing can be used for personal development, and it is also an orientation for counselling and therapy that has been shown to enhance outcomes.
My training includes a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the South African College of Applied Psychology, and training in Focusing-oriented therapeutic work. I am accredited as a Focusing-Oriented Professional with the Focusing Institute in New York.