M.A. Clin. Psych. (UCT),
BSocSci Hons (UCT), BA Hons (UCT),
Tel.: 084 350 2102
I am a registered clinical psychologist in private practice in Observatory on the slopes of Devil's Peak. I offer psychotherapy and specialise in anxiety, depression and self esteem.
I work with my patients on their situation as a whole, considering their experience as central.
Therapy is a process of discussion, consideration and problem-solving.
I use a integrative approach to therapy; drawing on psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, relational, self psychology and cognitive theories of psychology. Taken together my approach to treatment considers centrally how my patient feels; looking at their thoughts, opinions, at their pasts and present, and at the conclusions they may have come to in their experience of life so far.
Becoming more conscious of our impressions, feelings, perspectives and thoughts; the 'psycho-emotional' is useful in finding better control in our lives.
Personal and psychological well-being is our natural state, our default, but things happen that disconcert; things can sometimes go wrong, in our lives, in the world, in our families, even a generation ago, that impact us so heavily -as children but also as adults- that our stance psychologically is changed and sometimes determined by these experiences of stress, and trauma. Therapy is a formal way of addressing these core personal stories and traumas that we carry and the symptoms that they manifest.
'Making the unconscious conscious', 'mindfulness' and being aware of not only things around you, but your own reactions, automatic responses and thoughts is very useful and the basis of 'talk therapy/ psychotherapy.
I work with patients in these steps:
Therapy can be brief work focused on one issue or dilemma, or more long-term at 20 sessions or more where a longer-term process psychologically is scaffolded. I work centrally with adults. Anxiety, depression and self-esteem are my key areas of focus. I am 'client-centered' in terms of practice and tailor-make my therapeutic intervention to each patient.