Clinical psychologists treat people with relatively serious kinds of psychological distress, like depression or anxiety disorders. They hold Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
There are many different therapeutic models used to understand human difficulties. I use an integrative approach (psychodynamic, humanistic, and occasionally some CBT) to understanding human difficulties. For children specifically, I use a play therapy approach and for adolescents various forms of art therapy approaches as indicated. I strive to introduce a particular way of thinking about problems by way of empathic submersion in my clients’ experience. In collaboration with the client, I consider issues that may be lying beneath the surface of the symptoms or presenting problem. I am interested in a broad range of mental health issues and work with a range of psychological problems including, but not limited to the following: -Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar -Dual diagnosis -Substance dependency -Stress and anxiety -Loss and Bereavement -Trauma -Life-stage issues (Transitional challenges of adolescence, the emotional impact of retirement, adjusting to life after a divorce, midlife challenges, etc.) -End-of-life issues (Aging, terminal illness, and dying) -Acculturation issues (Assistance with the challenges of integrating cultural issues) -Relationship difficulties -Body image (including disordered eating) -Parental guidance -Learning difficulties (ADHD, ADD) -Childhood disorders -Autism (which involves assistance for families on how to manage challenging behaviour) -Intellectual disabilities (which involves family therapy and support) -Crisis intervention (debriefing after a traumatic event, mobilizing psychiatric resources) -Psychometric Assessments (determining strengths & weaknesses, intellectual & adaptive functioning)