I obtained my Masters in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling at Stellenbosch University. As part of my training I worked at 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg and completed community service at Air Force Base Langebaanweg, 4 Special Forces Langebaan and Saldhana Naval Base.
Before moving to private practice I spent 5 years at 2 Military Hospital as a Senior Psychologist in the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS). This afforded me the opportunity to work with the range of psycho/social, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric problems. I have worked closely with a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, Psychiatrists and other medical specialists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists in service of patient care. As 2 Mil is a teaching hospital. I have supervised the training of interns in their clinical work and their development as clinical psychologists.
I have deployed to Burundi and the DRC as the contingent psychologist. This is a unique experience that has expanded my understanding of the stressors that impact on the human condition. In addition to offering individual sessions to soldiers requiring support during what can be a trying time, I conducted stress and conflict management workshops. I found that engaging with groups about resilience brought new clarity and respect for what can be overcome.
I take a collaborative approach when working with children and adolescents. A thorough intake is essential where I will ask many questions regarding your child's development and history of presenting complaint. I will at times need to speak to the main people that are involved in the child's life to plan the best possible intevention.
similar approach applies with adults depending on the nature of the problem. While it is not neccessary to fixate on all the details of the client's history, I do need to develop a good understanding of the individual's life story. I am not the expert on your life, however, getting to know you is essential in order for our conversations to catalyse meaningful insights - making the unconscious conscious. Unfortunately, these insights do not magically change one's situation, so learning how to apply them can also be a goal of therapy. Each client is unique in their presentation. As such, I will tailor my approach using insight oriented psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioural techniques after a thorough assessment. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions with regards to my therapeutic approach.