After I obtained my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology with distinction at the University of the Free State in 1998, I’ve contributed to psychological growth and well being within various contexts.
Early in my career my work with students and learners in academic settings, primarily universities and colleges, taught me about the challenges that adolescents and young adults face. These include adjusting to new contexts, exploring future visions, defining a sense of self and identity, all whilst trying to manage performance anxiety, pressure to achieve and a wide variety of relationships.
It was also during this time that I realised how dire some young people’s situations are with regards to gender and domestic violence, sexual and other forms of abuse, as well as limited resources and lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS. These realisations shaped the essence of my practice and ultimately also the type of work my practice has attracted ever since.
Students struggling with sexual orientation became one of my primary focus points and I continue to see many gay individuals and couples in private practice.
As psychologist for the SAPS, my special interest in post traumatic stress and other anxiety disorders, post apartheid violence, diversity training and transition processes was sparked. These themes were further explored in research and private practice.
I entered the private sector in 2003. I consult with inpatients at private clinics and hospitals in the area and have therapeutic conversations with individuals, couples and families seeking assistance with emotional and interpersonal challenges.
I have worked as an affiliate psychologist for various Employee Assistance Programmes and security companies. I also do training and present workshops to interested groups on request.
I strive to build a practice that will respect the individual as the expert of his or her own life and will give a voice to people who feel marginalised and isolated. I find being part of a process where the possibility to develop and grow into individuals with purpose and vision becomes a reality, particularly meaningful.
I believe in continuous learning and keeping abreast of the field of psychology as the evolving human science and art form that it is. I attend conferences and workshops on a regular basis.
I am very interested in the power of language and the specific words and phrases we use to formulate questions and reflections when engaging on a therapeutic level. I consider this essential in rendering support in an effective and responsible manner.
I have been involved in the narrative therapy community since 2002, training extensively in narrative work with couples, dealing with trauma and family dynamics. Attending numerous workshops and conferences with international keynote speakers in the narrative therapy field have shaped my interest and expertise. In 2011 and 2012, I completed the cognitive behavioural therapy primary, as well as advanced practicum presented by the Albert Ellis Institute.
Since 2013 my interest in mindfulness training, Reiki and expressive art therapy have grown into a very significant influence when engaging in therapy. I am also exploring this further in small workshop groups at my practice.
A Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela