Sam Waumsley Cape Town Clinical Psychologist

Samuel Waumsley Clinical Psychologist

M.A. Clinical Psychology (University of Cape Town, 2010)

B.Soc.Sci. Hons (UCT); B.A. Hons (UCT); B.Soc.Sci. (UCT)

Training at the UCT Child Guidance Clinic in 2008 in psychodynamic and humanistic psychotherapy. These approaches acknowledge how much our social environments shape one's development - how our personal narrative and circumstances are central to us psychologically, and in our mental health.

Practice established 2012.

My M.A. thesis was a review of work done at the UCT Child Guidance Clinic between 1997 and 2007, focusing on therapy outcomes, social class and access to services. Published in the South African Journal of Psychology.


Short-term therapy interventions, or therapy over a longer period of time available. Sessions are weekly or intermittantly. 

Being conscious of one's feelings, contemplations and values is important. I try to provide an empathic and down-to-earth, encouraging psychotherapy atmosphere.

Central work:

  • Anxiety: The feeling of anxiety is usually a general feeling of unease and disquiet internally; a feeling of restlessness. Muscle tension, sleep disturbance, poor concentration, irritability and fatigue can also be associated with anxiety. Anxiety can be associated with the fight, flight, freeze or friendly reflex.
  • Panic attack: Heightened anxiety - panic includes symptoms like increased heart rate, feeling faint, sweating, panic and a feeling of impending threat, racing thoughts and shallow breathing. 
  • Depression: Signs of depression can include feeling hopeless, thoughts about death, despair, a feeling of low motivation, dysphoria, indecision, feelings of guilt, low-concentration, insomnia, weight changes and a loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.
  • EsteemOur sense of self and conditioned experience of self-trust is fundamental to us. We come from what we know and have seen, often that becomes internalised and repeated.
  • Dream interpretation: In interpreting dreams the person's associations to images and to the story in the dream are useful.