I offer face to face and online individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents 16 and older.
I believe in the transformative nature of psychotherapy and feel privileged to work alongside my clients to share their past and present experiences in the hopes of creating the futures that they desire and deserve. I trained in a psychodynamic manner which means that I value the unconscious parts of ourselves that we bring to our relationships and everyday lives. I believe that the unique, trusting relationship between the therapist and the client is the vehicle by which understanding and change can take place. I value a person-centered and non-judgmental approach and work alongside my clients, respecting their authority in their lives. I have had exposure to Narrative Therapy, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Retraining Therapy, as well as the new brain-based model of BrainWorking Recursive Therapy, which has a profound effect on anxiety, trauma and bereavement. I have worked with clients experiencing a range of issues including mood disorders (depression and bipolar), anxiety (including obsessive-compulsive disorder), sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, separation and divorce, phobias and personality disorders.
I have developed my clinical and therapeutic skills in a variety of settings within the NHS including acute adult inpatient psychiatry and a specialist neuropsychiatric rehabilitation service. I also worked in correctional services (forensic), psychiatric, educational and primary healthcare settings in South Africa, alongside my private practice consultations.
I work with adult clients to explore their inner lives – their experiences, thoughts, emotions, relationship dynamics, personalities, and histories to promote insight and self-awareness. I believe that this self-understanding empowers my clients to cope better with their lives, careers and relationships, and even obtain mastery and increased fulfilment within themselves. The therapy relationship offers a safe, supportive and completely confidential environment in which engage with some of life’s more uncomfortable realities.
For some parents, the notion that their child might benefit from—or even prefer—talking to an adult outside the family is surprising and may feel like a rejection. Although a teenager’s psychologist is never a replacement parent, a teenager’s desire to talk to someone else outside of the family is normal and often developmentally appropriate as they strive towards becoming more independent of their parents.
BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® – BWRT® – was created in 2011 by Terence Watts, a therapist, author of many books and training courses and principal of the Essex Institute in Essex, UK. It is a powerful brain-based model that is effective in treating trauma, anxiety, bereavement, phobias and many other conditions. For more information please visit www.bwrt.org
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My qualifications include:
M.A. (Clinical Psychology), University of Cape Town, South Africa (with Distinction in the Dissertation)
B.A. (Honours), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
B.Soc.Sc., University of Cape Town, South Africa
Level I & II BrainWorking Recursive Therapy Practitioner
I am registered with the following organisations:
Health & Care Professions Council, United Kingdom (PYL 37236) www.hcpc-uk.org
Information Commissioner’s Office www.ico.org.uk
Health Professions Council of South Africa (PS0127280) www.hpcsa.co.za
Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF: 0637335) www.bhfglobal.com
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