I’ve completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), with practical training at the UCT Child Guidance Clinic in Mowbray. My minor dissertation is titled “R u there? : the user experience of Mobile Instant Messenger counselling” and examined the use of MXit-based counselling. During my clinical internship, at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, I worked at the Child and Family Unit (CFU), “Pathways” (an Inpatient Unit for adults), and the Intellectual Disability Service (IDS). At IDS, I treated children with various developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various genetic disorders. My work often included supportive therapy with the families of my patients. My community service year also involved work with Intellectual Disability, at Alexandra Hospital. Additionally, I’ve completed a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology, in London (UK), with a particular focus on Existential theories and therapies.
My therapy style is non-judgmental, non-directive and empathic. I work primarily within the framework of psychodynamic psychotherapy, helping my client to examine the meaning they have made, consciously and unconsciously, from previous experiences, and how these meanings affect their current difficulties. While I am guided by psychodynamic theory, there are circumstances in which other frameworks and techniques may be more appropriate, including Narrative Therapy techniques, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and the use of artistic expression.
I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an Independent Practice Clinical Psychologist (HPCSA PS0127019), with the Board of Health Care funders (BHF: 0860010623881) and with the Health & Care Professions Council (UK) (PYL33479). I am registered with most medical aid providers, including Discovery, Profmed, Medscheme & Metropolitan Health Group. I have been a member of the Cape Town Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Group, Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health, and the Western Cape Forum For Intellectual Disability and attend events to continue my professional development, including seminars, talks, workshops and lectures.