Working with me
For me, therapy is a blank space where one can step off the hamster wheel of life and take time to reflect on the self-determinant aspects of life. To be human is to feel pain. I believe in harnessing the indelible human spirit in all of us, the spirit that strives to survive despite these inevitable hardships. While emotional pain and distress is unavoidable, it’s effect on the outcome of our lives is not. Through building a positive and supportive therapeutic alliance with my clients, I work toward finding effective means of managing these adversities so as to yield more positive life outcomes.
Other interesting things..
I am a member of SASHA, the South African Sexual Health Association, which is an organisation of medical professionals from various backgrounds who all have a special interest in sexual health. As such I enjoy working with children, adolescents, couples and individuals in the area of sexuality and gender. I am trained in Psycho-sexology through the European Society of Sexual Medicine, so am qualified to do gender affirming therapy, alternative relationship and family counselling (polyamory and open relating) as well as working with the LGBITY+ community.
I have also recently been accepted to embark on PHD studies in which I will focus on the intersectionality of race, class and sexuality in adolescents.
My other great passion is working with children through play therapy and parent coaching. I have vast experience working with children and offer play therapy at all my practices. I have done extensive volunteer and paid work with children in low-income settings and children who are victims of sexual abuse. I trained in the Child and Family Unit, as well as the Intellectual Disability Unit at Lentegeur Hospital. Prior to that I worked in a large multi-national NGO running multiple self-development programmes for children.
I have also held positions as lecturers at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) and also the University of the Western Cape.
What can I help with?
While I am able to assist with any challenge of a psychological nature, these are the areas I focus on mainly:
- Depression, anxiety, trauma
- Self-esteem and personal development
- Play therapy and parenting coaching
- Sexuality and gender identity issues (for children, adolescents and adults)
- LGBTI+ community work
- Relationship / Couple work
- Life stage coaching for adults and adolescents
- Loss and Bereavement