My approach to psychotherapy

I work primarily from a psychodynamic framework where I aim to offer clients a space where they can experience careful, respectful, and thoughtful listening. This approach is suited to those who are interested in using psychotherapy as an opportunity to get free of emotional difficulties that have become painful or disruptive in their lives, while at the same time learning more about themselves. This kind of talking aims to foster greater self-awareness and the growth of the whole person.

This approach involves developing a purposeful working relationship so that together we are able to understand how (often unrecognised) thoughts, feelings, and behaviours contribute towards the development and maintenance of personal difficulties you experience. It will also address symptoms that you may be struggling with as well as the reasons as to why they may have arisen in the first place, what sustains them, what makes them worse, and what helps reduce or alleviate them.

Academic Qualifications:

I completed my academic training as a Clinical Psychologist  at the University of Cape Town (UCT) , Rhodes University. and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). In 2001 I did my clinical internship at Lentegeur Hospital in Mitchells Plain.

Further training in fields of related professional development:

  • Certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Children through the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust UK
  •  Training in Parent Infant Psychotherapy
  • Family and Divorce Mediation  (FAMAC)
  • Coaching for Psychologists
  •  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • ACPP Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Professional Supervision

I have also lectured and supervised psychology students in training at UCT and UWC and at The College of Applied Psychology.

Professional Memberships:

  • Health Professions Council of South Africa HPCSA : Pr number 0860000081906
  • South African Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC)
  • South African Psychoanalytic Initiative (SAPI)
  • Cape Town Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Group
  • South African Medicolegal Society (SAMLA)
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist:Psychologists Board of New Zealand Reg: 90-06443
  • Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF)
  • Full Member New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists