When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
I am an English and Afrikaans speaking Counselling Psychologist in Private Practice, based in Sandton, and offer psychotherapy for children (aged 8 years and older), adolescents, adults, parents, and couples. I also conduct a range of psychological assessments, assist with psycho-legal assessments, and facilitate workshops for schools and corporates.
Training and Experience
I completed my MA Counselling Psychology degree at the University of Johannesburg, which comprised a two-year, full-time, intensive training programme. Course requirements included both practical training and the completion of a dissertation.
As part of my practical training, I was placed at Helen Joseph hospital, Akeso Clinic (Parktown), and the Centre of Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCaD) at the University of Johannesburg. My dissertation entailed the validation of the Motivation for Solitude Scale - Short Form (MSS-SF) among South African adolescents, which I had the privilege of presenting at the 2016 European Association for Research on Adolescents (EARA) conference in Spain. My research was also subsequently published in the South African Journal of Psychology (doi:10.1177/0081246317744391). I completed my internship at the Wholeness Centre at Mosaïek in Fairlands, Cresta, where I worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
In addition to my qualification as a psychologist, I am also a qualified psychometrist and obtained my BA (Hons) degree in Practical Pschometry (cum laude) at the University of Johannesburg. I have a keen interest in the field of psychological assessments, psychometry, and test development.
I continually strive to keep abreast recent developments within the field of psychology, and hope to be able to continue contributing to psychological knowledge and research. I am committed to my own on-going professional development and continually seek opportunities to broaden, develop, and enhance my therapeutic and assessment skills, as well as my professional, psycho-legal and therapeutic knowledge.
The separation of psychology from the premises of biology is purely artificial, because the human psyche lives in indissoluble union with the body.
I follow an integrative approach to therapy, which entails incorporating elements from various psychotherapeutic techniques; allowing me to tailor my treatment according to each client’s unique presenting problem. When conceptualising my clients, I view them holistically, which means I take into consideration all relevant biological, psychological, and social factors. Ultimately, exploring their body, mind, and soul connection, as well as those familial, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact their lives.
Consultation Fees and Medical Aid Claims
My consultation fee for a 50 minute session is R 900.00, which is in line with most current medical aid rates for psychological services. I am contracted out of medical aid, and therefore, clients are responsible for the settlement of their own account either prior to, or directly after each consultation. Payment must be made on a sessional basis, and can be made via cash, electronic transfer, or credit card. Clients will subsequently be issued with an invoice, which they can then use to claim back from their medical aid. It is the responsibility of the client to verify with their medical aid the benefits of their specific medical aid plan/scheme and whether it provides for psychological services/treatment.
Duration and Frequency
The duration of therapy, be it short-term or long-term, as well as the frequency are generally determined by the client’s presenting problem, as well as other influential factors such as the client's commitment to therapy, their readiness for change, and their present financial cirumstances. Both the duration and frequency of therapy are generally discussed and agreed upon towards the end of the first therapeutic session.
Any changes or cancellations of appointments should be done 24-hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Neglecting to do so will result in the client being liable for the payment of the missed session.
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
I offer individual psychotherapy to children (8 years and older), adolescents, and adults on a range of psychological matters, including, but not limited to:
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
A couple can choose to focus on one or various aspects of their relationship. Often, these aspects include communication, trust, infidelity, sexual difficulties, parenting, fertility, adjustment, trauma, bereavement or loss.
Who you are is too vast to be captured by the reflection of a mirror, classified by the state of your attitude, or categorized by the opinions of others. Therefore, if any of these are defining you, you have yet to be defined.
Psychological assessments are generally used to obtain specific information about an individual with the aim of identifying any current difficulties or predicting future behaviour and/or functioning. Additionally, psychological assessments can also be used for self-enrichment purposes, both within the private and corporate sector. I provide a variety of psychological assessments, including:
The aim of a career assessment is generally to assist individuals (both scholars and adults) in choosing a career that best fits with their abilities, personality, interests, and values. A career assessment is an invaluable tool, which often gets overlooked or taken for granted. Knowing yourself, and your potential, is the best way to ensure that you will choose a field of study (and ultimately a career) that best suits you. We all strive for careers that are fulfilling, meaningful, and in line with our own values, ideals, and aspirations. For career assessments, I generally use a normative psychometric assessment battery, which includes a cognitive, personality, interest, and values assessment. Results from the various aforementioned assessments are interpreted in a cohesive manner, in order to determine the best-suited vocation for that particular individual. However, where required, I do modify my assessment battery in order to accommodate for exceptions and/or unique differences.
I primarily provide scholastic assessments to scholars, aged 7 years and older, for the application for concessions to both GDE and IBE schools. Additionally, I also provide assessments to evaluate and identify a learner’s area(s) of strength and weakness. These assessment results can also be used to determine if there are any attention difficulties, auditory difficulties, visual perceptual difficulties, verbal difficulties, memory difficulties, information-processing difficulties, or if there exists an overall learning disability.
I offer assessment services to corporate organisations, which can assist with personnel selection, team building, enhancing employee wellbeing, and improving productivity and interpersonal work relations.
Individual assessments are generally conducted when clients have a specific need—for example, to develop better self-insight, to evaluate their cognitive potential, to explore their own interests and values, to discover how their personality functions, to improve interpersonal relationships, and/or to identify emotional abnormalities/mood disorders.
Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.
I provide parental guidance, within a therapeutic space, to parents who may be experiencing difficulties in the relationship with their child/children, or parents who require guidance on a specific matter.
The former is generally achieved through the provision of psycho-education on specific matters, or other related matters, such as child development, important transition phases, managing social media, dealing with tantrums and bullying, and parental responsiveness.
True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
My keen interest in the fields of psychological wellbeing, academia, psychometry, teaching, and learning, has led me to assist with the development and facilitation of wellness programmes and workshops for both schools and corporate organisations.
These workshops/wellness programmes assist with improving productivity, interpersonal relationships, self-awareness, coping skills, and staff morale. However, workshops can also be tailored according to the specific needs of the school/organisation.