Biography – To share some background of myself… I completed my BSc undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology and Nutrition and my Honors degree in Psychology at the North-west University. My Masters training in Clinical Psychology was done through the University of Limpopo (then affiliated Medunsa Campus) under Professor Charl Vorster. I completed my Internship for Clinical Psychologists at 1 Military Hospital and my Community Service at Tshwane District Hospital and is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). I also did further training in Hypnosis and is a registered member of the international association: National Guild of Hypnotists.
I am trained as an Integrative Interactional Psychotherapist, which means I work from a n applied systemic perspective with a humanistic approach. My focus in therapy is on the nature and quality of interpersonal relationships and how these influence behavior and emotional well-being.
I have a variety of interests in the Clinical Psychology field and have, and still continue to practised as a Clinical Psychologist in many different contexts. I was previously appointed as a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Occupational Therapy Department and assisted in training third year Occupational Therapy students in Person-Centered Theory and Interviewing as well as Communications Training.
I also assisted at the Vaal University of Technology Student Counseling Services to counsel students that were experiencing emotional difficulties with the demands of tertiary education as well as in their relationships and families. I was further involved at Tshwane District Hospital on a part-time basis to assisted the multi-disciplinary team with the psychological evaluation of in-patients and to formulate treatment plans.
I also gained exposure to the physical rehabilitation environment when I consulted at Southdowns Intercare Sub-acute Hospital and gain experience in working with the rehabilitation team to assist with medical related psychological difficulties transpiring after traumatic medical procedures or injuries. I have also worked in the private sector as part of various multi-disciplinary teams in the Pretoria East area.
Currently, I am in private practice situated in Elarduspark, Pretoria. I also consult for Waterkloof Ridge Medical and Wellness Centre relating to employee wellness and work on a part-time basis for two government clinics, namely: Laudium Community Health Clinic and the Tshwane Medico-legal Crisis Centre. My clientele vary from our young explores till the more advanced in live and I consult in both English and Afrikaans.
My training and experience allows me to work with a broad spectrum of presenting psychological problems ranging from adjustment difficulties, childhood developmental and behavior difficulties, trauma and loss, bereavement and grief, abuse, substance dependency and/or addiction, relationship problems and divorce, communication problems, coping and stress, fear and anxiety, loneliness and depression, sexual difficulties, psychiatric problems, and psychological problems related to chronic medical conditions (to name a few) by using a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques from relationship therapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interactional therapy, brief psychodynamic therapy, hypnosis, strategic therapy and teddy bear therapy.
I would describe myself as a hard-working, passionate, curious person and value the quote: “I relate therefor I am”.