Heidi Nestler

Social Worker in Private Practice
Wendywood, Sandton, Johannesburg
Mobile Number: 083 457 1432
Email Address: heidin@global.co.za
42 St Sebastian Drive, Wendywood, Sandton, Johannesburg

Professional help for life’s challenges

I am a social worker in clinical practice, with 30 years experience doing work I love: I work with adult clients towards emotional recovery, personal growth, and satisfying personal and professional relationships.  My background includes 10 years at Family Life Centre (FAMSA) as Counsellor, Facilitator and Family Mediator, before developing my current full time private clinical practice.  I have trained as a Life Coach, and am an accredited Group Analyst, with extensive experience in brief Employee Wellness counselling.

My private clinical practice reflects my special interests:

  • Relational Issues: individual, couple and marriage therapy;
  • Personal Growth & Development: self-esteem, EQ, group therapy;
  • Healing and Recovery: from trauma, loss or grief;
  • Living with chronic health conditions including fertility treatment; HIV;
  • Navigating life change transitions: divorce, retirement, relocation;
  • Managing work/life balance: executive, professional and employee wellness;

My therapy approach is largely psychodynamic, with an interest in underlying meanings and patterns which contribute to conflict or distress, and an emphasis on client strengths, options and resources.

Therapy may be brief or long-term.  I offer Skype counselling in some circumstances. My weekly therapy group offers affordability and the healing and skill-building power of the group-as-therapist.

Wendywood is near Sandton’s CBD and convenient for Johannesburg’s northern areas. My hours are weekdays 08.00 to 19.00 and Saturdays. I have a BHF practice number for medical aid refund claims.

You are warmly invited to contact me to discuss your individual needs and options.

What separates social work from other helping professions is its focus on the person-in-environment model and its emphasis on social justice. Social workers not only consider individuals’ internal struggles, as a counselor might, they also work with people to examine their relationships, family structure, community environment, and the systems and policies that impact them in order to identify ways to help address challenges.  NASW “Guide to Social Work”

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • SACSSP (SA Council for Social Service Practitioners);
  • SAASWIPP (SA Association of Social Workers in Private Practice)
  • SAPC (SA Psychoanalytic Confederation)
  • UGAS (Ububele Group Analytic Seminars)

Practice Number:  8903425
SACSSP No:  10-13261