In over thirty years of working as a Clinical Psychologist, I have formed successful therapeutic relationships with many people
from various communities with different struggles, and facilitated growth and change. I work with teenagers,
young adults and adults with the specific challenges that they may face.
I am trained in Eco-systemic thinking as well as Transpersonal Psychology, CBT, Narrative therapy, and Brief and Solution-focused therapy.
I work with individuals, relationships, couples and families.
I have extensive experience helping with:
~ LGBTI issues
~ Bipolar disorder
~ Eating disorders
~ Personality disorders
~ Substance abuse
~ Bereavement and loss
~ Personal growth
~ Trauma and PTSD
~ Clinical supervision
~ Adjustment disorders
People today are experiencing increased stress in their daily lives.
This stress manifests in a variety of ways: relationships under strain, substance abuse, eating disorders,
self-destructive behaviours, anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorders, amongst others.
I take a holistic view and look at how people can manage their lives more effectively so they don’t revert to ineffective,
and sometimes destructive coping strategies.
My aim is to change patterns of behaviour, which are reflected in the individual’s inner narrative, and also in the
self-fulfilling prophecy of how this manifests itself in relationships.
My aim is to unstick the stuck, and to create a new conversation about the problems people face. I do this with a
therapeutic strategy specifically designed for each individual.
Teenagers face specific challenges; they are finding ways to define themselves in relation to their environment,
their families and their dreams.
In my thirty years of experience I have not only worked with five schools, I’ve also developed a unique peer
counselling system specifically designed for high school students.
In private therapy, I create a non-judgemental space where teenagers can express themselves freely.
I very frequently will work with teenagers in conjunction with their parents in order to facilitate improved
relationships and a better understanding between them.
Some of the common self-destructive behaviours include substance abuse, cutting, acting out, eating disorders,
depression, anxiety, sexuality, sense of purposelessness, identity crisis, anger, rebelliousness, poor school performance,
electronic addiction, and reclusiveness, amongst others.
Relationships are one of the primary sources of stress, and poor communication skills often create unnecessary conflict
which leads to relationship break-down.
Having constructive conversations in a facilitated therapeutic relationship helps people gain a better
understanding of themselves and of each other.
In this way, destructive or negative patterns can be broken and a healthier climate created where
both the individual and the relationship can grow.
Sometimes, a committed relationship has reached the end of its life and needs to be redefined in a constructive way
so both people can reach their separate destinations.
Divorce therapy will facilitate continuing family relationships with parents and children,
and allow for understanding and forgiveness between the parties.
Relationship therapy also includes pre-marriage counselling,
marriage counselling and divorce counselling.
I have extensive experience, both personally and professionally, with the challenges that face the LGBTI community.
I am a recommended therapist by OUT and work with, amongst others, issues surrounding gay adoption,
coming out, gay relationships and community acceptance.
I prefer to view problems holistically, and view people in context with one another and how their behaviours
maintain their perceptions of each other.
Family therapy allows me the opportunity to observe and facilitate new behaviours.
Family therapy opens up the possibility of new kinds of interactions and patterns of relating.
Trauma and PTSD counselling
As South Africans, we are constantly exposed to trauma, whether personally or vicariously.
Changes such as sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, hyper-vigilance, aggression,
anger, avoidance, paranoia, and nightmares after a traumatic incident are common.
Trauma disrupts our basic feeling of safety in the world,
and therapy has proven to be the most effective way to heal from its effects.
In my practice I also share my knowledge and experience with younger therapists
to facilitate their growth and understanding in their clinical work.