Clinical Psychologist, Leslie Ebben B.A Psych (UJ), B.A. Hons Psych (UJ), M.A Clin Psych (UJ)

Yara Grant

Counsellor & Coach

I am a registered counsellor with international experience (Brazil & United Kingdom). I am a compassionate listener and I work together with clients to develop a safe environment to meet individuals’ unique needs. I use different approaches including person-centred, CBT, mindfulness, EFT  (tapping) – www.yaracounsellor.com

Qualifications and Training

I hold a Bachelor of Science, Honours (Cum Laude) degree in Psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Additionally I hold a Counselling Skills diploma. I am very interested in Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence and you can click on the link below to read my published thesis, on how mindful individuals have increased levels of psychological well-being.

download published thesis

I am constantly updating and acquiring new knowledge and often participate in different courses throughout the year. Additionally, I attend Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Life Experience

I am originally from Brazil and after living abroad for many years and through extensive travels; I have come into contact with people from many cultures and different walks of life. I am fascinated at how we are all so unique and yet so similar in our inner cores, for this reason I decided to study Psychology.

I was part of a multidisciplinary team, in a UK NHS psychiatric hospital providing psychological support to chronic psychiatric in-patients. I was also involved with NGOs for underprivileged children in shantytowns in Brazil. Furthermore, I volunteered at Samaritans UK, providing emotional support to adults who experienced feelings of distress and/or despair. I have finally settled in Cape Town, in private practice, offering a professional and warm service.

Special interests

These include- but not restricted to- anxiety, depression, stress, life crises, health challenges, emotional eating, emotional effects of strict medical diets, spirituality, mindfulness, parenting challenges, parents and relationship building with young children.

My approach

I offer a warm, supportive and non-judgmental professional relationship with my clients, promoting self-discovery, which helps them to effectively deal with whatever challenges they may be facing in their lives. I work with a wide range of techniques including person-centered, CBT, mindfulness and EFT (tapping). I can also adapt from other approaches if it is necessary. Furthermore, I can offer sessions in English and Portuguese.


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