Chantel Retter

Registered Counsellor

Milnerton, Cape Town

BA (Psychology) at UNISA; BA (psychology) Honours at Cornerstone Institution

079 528 4528

11 Marigold Street, Milnerton, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa

I am a Registered Counsellor in Flamingo Vlei, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.  I completed my BA degree at the UNISA and my Honours Degree in Psychology at Cornerstone Institution. I completed my practicum hours at an NGO in Heideveld and assisted them in running trauma workshops in the surrounding Primary and High Schools. My passion for working with adolescents lead me to full-time employment at a High School for three years. At the school, I dealt with a large variety of complex cases from Gender Identity, Substance use, Bereavement, Suicide Ideation, anxiety, stress, Study Techniques, etc.  I have since left counselling at the school and opened my own private practice. This has allowed me to still assist schools with workshops as well as see parents and adolescents outside of school. I see families and individuals for counselling. I have also joined the Supervision Team at Cornerstone Institution where I Supervise students that are currently completing their Honours Practicum.

Being able to aid and assist individuals and families to reconnect with each other and find healing within themselves is a magical journey with indescribable rewards. Many times, in life we hit a speed bump or come to a crossroad in life and we feel lost and unclear about which path or action to take. Reaching out for help seems like the hardest thing to do but once you seek professional help the journey to recovery and renewal can begin. You have all the answers within you, you just need someone to help process and guide you to them and that is my role in your journey. Many of us feel that seeking counselling is a sense of weakness, BUT when we do seek help, we choose to be Brave and Strong as this is the start of a healing process.

My special interest includes working with adolescents, their families and Adults. Adolescents face many challenges in their lives and often can’t, won’t, or simply don’t know how to speak to their parents about these challenges, that is where I come in. From relationship challenges, subject choices, peer influences, substance use, etc. Each of us is unique and therefore being trained in many modalities I use an eclectic approach where I draw on Cognitive Based Therapy, Solution Focused and many more methodologies to assess and assist with intervention strategies best for each person and family. If we are all unique, and therefore each requires a unique approach. I have worked with many different families blended, nuclear, divorced, single, widowed, never married, each with their own set of strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. There is a magical experience that takes place when a disconnected troubled family begins to connect and heal together.

Practice Number 0927929
HPCSA Number 0032204