Educational psychologists work with children and adolescents, assisting in their psychological adjustment and development. They operate within the contexts of family, school, peer groups and communities, and are able to conduct and interpret scholastic and psychometric tests. They hold Master’s Degrees in Educational Psychology and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
HPCSA Number: 0097098
Practice Number: 0242160
Works with: Children, adolescents, individuals, and families.
Specialising in: Addiction, eating disorders, life changes, loss/grief, play therapy, anxiety disorder, career assessments, child sexual abuse, depression, developmental disorders, family difficulties, learning difficulties, learning disorders, personality disorders, relationships, self development, and trauma.
Working in: English and Afrikaans.
Dr. Dirkie de Villiers is an Educational Psychologist and founder of MindScience Worx. She likes to challenge herself in her pursuit to find the most up-to-date therapeutic aids to enable her to provide the best services possible to her clients. Her endeavours culminated in the founding of MindScience Worx.
The services at the practise extend beyond that of a regular psychology practise and includes a Smartbrain Centre and a Neurofeedback (EEG) centre (read more about Neurofeedback on this website).
Her initial studies were completed at the then Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) where she obtained the following degrees: HOD; BA Humanities and BED Educational Psychology. Thereafter, she did her MED (Educational Psychology) and DPHIL (Educational Psychology) degrees at the University of Pretoria.
Dr de Villiers specialise in assessment and therapy for both individuals and families. She believes that each and every person has astonishing potential, but that this potential is not always fully developed. Her main goal at MindScience Worx is to ensure the development of every client to his or her full potential. She enjoys working with people of all ages, but do have a soft spot for children! She has two wonderful boys of her own, and she knows and can identify with the challenges parents face each day.
She is happily married and for her personal well being and development she loves to jog in the mornings, and read all the latest research in the field of psychology. She believes that it is important to give back to her community and therefore she is an active member of their small community.
Her life philosophy is simple – there is a solution to every problem!