I aim to provide a safe, contained and empathic therapeutic environment for a diverse range of clients. This confidential and accepting space can be used to address a wide variety of psychosocial and psychological difficulties; explore ways of optimising well-being; and enhancing quality of life. I offer emotional support and therapy for anyone:
- suffering from, or recovering from, a mental illness.
- with difficulty expressing and/or managing emotions.
- experiencing emotional distress, depression, anxiety, fear, anger, hopelessness, helplessness, emptiness, apathy, obsessions, compulsions, phobias, etc. that is overwhelming and/or impairs functioning.
- struggling with self-esteem, identity issues and lack of purpose or meaning in existence.
- with difficulties in interpersonal relationships and social interactions (e.g. fear of intimacy, issues around trust, fear of abandonment or rejection, unhealthy communication patterns, poor conflict management, etc.).
- who has suffered loss, trauma, abuse, and/or bereavement.
- struggling to cope in the perinatal period (conception to birth) and/or the postnatal period.
- who struggles to cope or adjust to stressful life events, challenges, and transitional phases (e.g. relocation, transition from high school to university, retirement, etc.).
- who suffers from chronic pain, auto-immune illnesses, and/ or functional disorders (e.g. chronic fatigue, lower back pain, irritable bowel, headaches, fibromyalgia, etc.).
- interested in personal growth; and increasing awareness and understanding of self.
*Please note this is not an exhaustive list of areas addressed in therapy.
Based on the understanding that every client is unique, I will tailor all therapeutic interventions to best meet your specific needs. During your initial session, we will discuss your current difficulties and needs in order to create an individualised therapy plan.
I am based at the Alphen House on Mondays and Thursdays.
Qualifications, Experience and Interests
I hold a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (UWC) and have published academically, contributing to lessons of experience in the field of psychosocial behaviour, maternal mental health and early childhood development. Since 2008 I have provided a wide array of psychological services in various public health care settings in both the Western Cape and Gauteng Provinces.
Throughout my time in the public health sector I worked at numerous community health clinics and psychiatric hospitals, providing both in-patient and out-patient care. Working within these contexts, I gained much exposure and experience in providing psychological care to patients of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, genders and classes. In addition, my professional skills set has been developed and expanded to include various formats (individual, couple, family, group, etc.) and types of therapy (insight-orientated, cognitive-behavioural, supportive, mindfulness practice, etc.). I am deeply committed to promoting mental health, a basic human right, amongst all South African populations.
Since 2006 until the present, I have been affiliated to the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) which is now part of the Centre for Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. My work within this project has been varied, although my main contribution has been assisting in research exploring the impact of maternal mental health interventions on child outcomes and service evaluation of the PMHP. I have a special interest in maternal and child mental health, with both my honours and masters theses focusing on women’s psychological experiences during a high-risk pregnancy.
Another area of interest is working with chronic pain conditions, auto-immune illnesses and functional disorders. I am passionate about encouraging more integration between our mind and body; enhancing awareness and mindfulness of our mind and body; and developing more effective coping strategies to manage chronic illnesses and symptoms.
I am also employed by Damelin College where I offer weekly psychological support to students struggling with a wide variety of psychosocial and psychological difficulties.