Heidi van der Merwe

Registered Counsellor
Table View, Big Bay, Blouberg, Milnerton, Melkbosstrand
BA Degree (University of Stellenbosch); Honours degree in Psychology BPsych Equivalence Programme (Unisa)
Telephone: 021 557 6066
Mobile Number: 083 443 9768
Email Address: heidivdm@lantic.net
Address:
54 Briza Road, Table View, Cape Town, South Africa

I am a psychological counsellor, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.  I completed my BA degree at the University of Stellenbosch, my Honours degree in psychology at UNISA and the UNISA B. Psych Accreditation Programme.  As part of my trauma counselling internship under supervision of Janet Bytheway, clinical psychologist at the Blaauwberg Therapy Centre, I assisted trauma victims at the Community Intervention Centre, as well as the Buddy Programme for abused children at The Home of Hope in Table View.  I subsequently joined The Play Therapy Team (now Kids Voices) and offered my services at the ACVV in Melkbosstrand, as well as Bosmansdam Primary School.  In 2013 I joined JMD Psychological Consulting and my private practice.  I am an accredited Famac divorce mediator. Mornings I am the counsellor at Table View High School. I also practice independently and in 2015 l joined the team of psychologists and registered counsellors at Janet Bytheway & Associates .

Being part of a healing process, exploring the psyche and seeing the rewards that follow has been a passion of mine for many years.  We are complex beings.  We yearn to discover what makes us tick, what is integral to our well-being and functioning.  At times we stumble in our journey along life’s rickety paths seeking guidance, nurturing and upliftment . I see therapy as a means to assist people in finding their way back on their own unique life paths, resuming control and moving forward, one step at a time.

My special interest includes working with adolescents and young adults.  I enjoy couples counselling and relationship work.  Adjustment difficulties, life coaching, divorce mediation all form part of my portfolio.  I also have a particular passion for employee wellness and enjoy the corporate environment.  I offer onsite critical incident stress debriefing  and assist companies with the difficult process of staff retrenchments and redundancies.

As an HPCSA registered counsellor, I enjoy dealing with such issues utilising short term solution focused therapy.  I utilise a very practical and collaborative approach, assisting clients to create alternative endings to their problem-saturated life stories.

Practice No: 0497282
HPCSA Registration No:  PRC0019305