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: PS0144207
Practice Number: PR0545007
Works with: Adults, children, adolescents, and individuals.
Specialising in: Addiction, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, developmental disorders, family difficulties, life changes, loss/grief, neuropsychiatric disorders, personality disorders, relationships, schizophrenia, self development, and trauma.
Working in: English and Afrikaans.
I am a clinical psychologist in private practice in Somerset West, providing individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.
I enjoy working with adults of all ages, adolescents, and children and I have worked with a broad spectrum of psychological issues. This includes: anxiety disorders; mood disorders (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder); trauma; loss and grief; psychotic spectrum disorders; substance use; adjustment difficulties after a new phase of life; self-esteem and identity issues; relational difficulties; traumatic brain injuries; spinal cord injuries and other difficulties related to medical conditions; neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. ADHD); and personality disorders.
Worldview and Approach to Therapy
I view the world and people from an integrative and holistic perspective.
I work from a person-centred stance and see the therapeutic relationship as the basis of therapy. I aim to provide the client with a space in which they feel safe, understood, supported, and accepted as we collaboratively work through their presenting problems. Thorough assessment is done to understand the client and their unique needs and circumstances, and this guides which psychological modalities and interventions are used during the therapy process to provide the most effective assistance and treatment. I work integratively and often draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic theories, and approaches that incorporate a focus on strengths, emotions, mindfulness, and meaning-making. I am also trained in Level 1 BrainWorking® Recursive Therapy (BWRT).
Qualifications and Experience
Psychology is a passion that I’ve pursued since 2008 when I started studying BA Psychology at the North-West University (NWU). After completing my BA Honors in Psychology degree in 2011, I obtained a Master's degree in Research Psychology (cum laude) in 2014, also from the NWU. My dissertation focused on the experiences of meaningfulness of a group of first time pregnant women. After working for a few years, I continued my studies again at the NWU, and obtained an MA degree in Clinical Psychology (cum laude) in 2017. This time my dissertation focused on the experiences of foster mothers internationally and in South Africa.
During my internship at Sterkfontein Hospital in Krugersdorp in 2018 I enjoyed working with a wide array of patients individually and in groups in the forensic unit, male unit, and with out-patients at various clinics in the area. In 2019 I started my community service year at Witrand Hospital in Potchefstroom and worked in the Neuro Rehab ward, Children’s ward, and the Male Mood and Substance ward. I also provided individual therapy to out-patients.
With every year that has gone by since I started my journey as a clinical psychologist, I’ve only grown more passionate about psychology and the potential it has to change lives.