It has been said that finding a therapist is like finding a pair of jeans! This discussion is to aid you in your shopping experience orientating you to my background, experience and my integrative therapeutic approach (CBT and other techniques).
I received my masters in clinical psychology (MA Clin Psych, cum laude) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. As volunteer, student, intern and community service psychologist I was exposed to a wide range of ages, cultural backgrounds, contexts and roles. After my community service at a maternity hospital in Northern KZN and four years of practice in Cape Town, I now find myself providing psychological services to Southern Gauteng in the Midvaal region.
I believe that people are made of different facets: biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. All those facets interact to create the complexities of personhood, personal problems, and their solutions. With this in mind, I draw eclectically from a wide range of theoretical frameworks such as Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Existential Therapy to select a therapeutic approach best suited to the needs of my client.
“What if I am not religious,” you may ask. Note that you do not have to be religious to be spiritual. Spirituality refers to how you make sense of your life. I have worked with individuals who have different religious and spiritual beliefs to me. Since I am focused on the client, I wish to meet the client’s needs in a way that is meaningful to them.
Trust and expertise
I deeply value trust your trust and go by the premise that passport is earned. I trust that you are the expert in your story. My job is to empathically draw that story out with genuine interest.
Reaching your potential
I believe that people have potential to do good works and that they need to overcome obstacles which stand in their way. These obstacles could be biological, psychological, social, or spiritual in nature. This is why I work in close collaboration with specialists across all domains of your life (e.g. doctor, physical trainer, spiritual leader, family, or even a psychologist with better suited expertise, etc.)
Empowering the client
I have learned that most change takes place between sessions. It is thus up to you to practice your new skills. To assist my clients in applying their skills I am constantly updating the “resource” section in my blog to empower them with practical tools.