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.
HPCSA Number: PS 0138240
Practice Number: 0830305
I am registered as a clinical psychologist in South Africa and offer online therapy in both English and Afrikaans. My approach is gentle, thoughtful, and open, and I help clients to achieve insights that lead to change.
I have specific training in online therapy, and am excited by the range of possibilities that online work offers – from video and audio calls to written forms such as text and email therapy.
Instant messaging and email are surprisingly effective modalities for certain clients, especially those who prefer more privacy, more time to respond, as well as having a written record of all therapy exchanges. Other clients prefer video or telephone calls, and appreciate the convenience as well as reduced cost of working online.
I take a special interest in depression, trauma, anxiety, issues around parenting and becoming a parent (including infertility), and student support.
I do not prescribe a structure for sessions, rather this is an open space for you to discuss whatever may be troubling you. I respond with questions and reflections that deepen our understanding of what you are struggling with.
My professional training is in both cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy, and this informs how I relate to clients and how I understand difficulties.
Further areas of interest that influence my work include:
• Attachment theory, which considers how early relationships with caretakers affect our relationships later in life as well as our typical thinking and feeling patterns.
• Interpersonal neurobiology and the neurobiology of trauma, which looks at the ways in which we process traumatic experience beyond the level of consciousness, and how we can heal through new experiences of safety and support.
• Mindfulness and self-compassion practices, which teach ways of relating to our own thoughts and feelings that can be very liberating.
I have experience working in various settings, including private practice, correctional services, inpatient psychiatric settings, and a substance treatment unit.
Prior to training as a psychologist, I had a 10-year career in the performing arts, working mainly as a director but also as a writer, educator, and performer. As director I worked closely with artists, guiding processes of creative discovery. I am familiar with the challenges that face individuals working in creative fields and bring this sensitivity to my work as therapist.
Significant personal experiences that have shaped who I am and what I offer as therapist include growing up in a blended family; experiences of travel and cultural diversity from a young age; living with a family member with mental illness; as well as parenting children.
Works with: Adults, adolescents, and individuals.
Specialising in: Anxiety disorder, depression, fertility related issues, personality disorders, and trauma.
Working in: English and Afrikaans.
Working in the following modalities: Cognitive behavioural therapy.