Psychotherapy

AnxietyDepressioNTRAUMAaddictionadjustments & Life ChangesGrief and lossBurnoutself-worthself-discoveryresilience
A little more about psychotherapy and what you can expect:

You may have come across my page because you have recognized a need within yourself.

You may be experiencing anxiety, low mood, or low self-worth. Perhaps you need help dealing with the stresses in your life. You could be going through life changes and adjustments that you would like to navigate and make sense of. You may need to process a loss that you are grieving or a trauma you have survived. Perhaps you have noticed your relationships and areas of life have been impacted. Maybe you are looking to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Through psychotherapy, I journey with you in the pursuit of self-awareness and healing.

In my sessions I promote gaining insight into yourself and processing emotions linked to past and present experiences. I believe that to be able to connect meaningfully with others, we need to first connect with ourselves.  

We will work to explore current difficulties and I will provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. In your first session you and I will discuss your needs and treatment goals to assist in personalising your therapeutic experience. ​Everyone's needs and therapeutic goals are unique, as well as the duration of therapy (where some people prefer short term therapy, and others prefer long term therapy).

Seeking therapy can be daunting, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about therapy and the therapeutic process.

Therapeutic approach:

I use an integrative therapeutic approach to suit your needs and therapeutic goals. I draw from the following psychotherapeutic paradigms: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Person Centred Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Qualifications:

Masters in Counselling Psychology (M. Psych) (Cum Laude)

Honours in Psychology (Hons. Psych) (Cum Laude)

BA Social Dynamics (Psychology Major)

Experience:

I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. I have worked in private inpatient hospitals (Akeso Psychiatric Hospitals) & in the Government sector (Gauteng Health, WITS Hospital Circuit). I have worked across the adolescent ward, general psychiatric ward and Dual Diagnosis Units (DDU). I have further worked in various NGOs and NPOs.


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Anxiety

Are you experiencing persistent feelings of anxiety, worry or fear?

Anxiety may impact your daily life, with racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty sleeping. Your anxiety may be generalised, or associated with something specific (such as social anxiety or a specific phobia).

Psychotherapy treats anxiety. It may assist you in discussing the root of your anxiety as well as discovering tools to help you cope and manage your anxiety.

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Depression

Depression may present with a low mood, hopelessness, or a loss of interest in daily activities. Depression can impact your sleep patterns, change your appetite and energy levels, and it may lead to concentration difficulties.

Often the recommended treatment for depression is Psychotherapy, alongside medication. I can help you with Psychotherapy, and I will be able to refer you to a psychiatrist if we find medication is also needed.

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Addiction / Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorder includes addiction to alcohol, drugs or taking medication in ways that were not prescribed.

Substance Use Disorder leads to changes in the brain and behaviour, where the person is unable to control the use of the substance, despite the problems it causes in their life. Eventually the person starts to neglect their daily life activities and responsibilities.

Substance Use Disorder is a family illness as it impacts the person’s loved ones as well. Sessions are also available for people who have a loved one struggling with addiction.

I have extensive experience working in rehabilitation centres and Dual Diagnosis Units (DDUs). You may seek therapy to explore whether you have a Substance Use Disorder, or to find tools to assist you.

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Adjustment or
Life Change

You may be dealing with a change or a series of changes in your life. Adjustments include moving, changing jobs, becoming a parent, a separation/divorce, a new diagnosis, starting university, a new relationship, your children moving out the home, or retirement.

Psychotherapy can assist in processing changes in your life, and gaining coping skills to assist the adjustment process.

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Grief, Loss and Bereavement

Grief is a response to any form of loss in your life. Loss includes the loss of a loved one, the loss of functioning, the loss of a pet, the loss of a job, or the loss of a relationship etc.

Grief and loss can be associated with a range of emotions, from a deep sadness and loneliness, to resentment and anger.  

Psychotherapy may assist in processing and exploring the emotions associated with the loss. There is no loss that is too small or insignificant for therapy. You do not need to grieve alone.

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Burnout

Burnout is a syndrome which presents from chronic (long term) stress. It results in emotional, physical and mental exhaustion. Perhaps you have recognized the warning signs that you are heading towards burnout or you think you may be burntout.

Psychotherapy can guide you towards identifying the cause, possible strategies to combat burnout or to prevent burnout, or to navigate situations contributing towards your burnout.

This is an area of interest for me, which is why my Master's research thesis was based on burnout.

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