Practical Experience and Training
I have experience in individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, group therapy, psycho-education, facilitation, program development as well as psychometric and neuropsychological assessment. I have worked as an intern and independent psychologist in these settings:
Private dual diagnosis / addiction treatment facilities
Private practice (currently)
MA Dissertation title - Submitting to the discipline of sexual intimacy? Online constructions of BDSM encounters
Current research interests - Adult ADHD and self construction; mechanisms of perseveration and compulsion; mindfulness based interventions in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and addiction.
Before you start
How do I find the right therapist?
Has the therapist been referred to me by someone who knows a little bit about what I struggle with?
Is the therapist qualified and experienced to work with the particular issue I have?
Does the therapist challenge me in a way that encourages me to grow?
Do I feel that the therapist provides me with a safe space to speak about what I need to?
Is my information safe?
How do I know that I can benefit from therapy?
Change can initially be difficult and uncomfortable. People may seek therapy when the discomfort of what they've been struggling with starts to outweigh the possible discomfort involved in turning towards that issue and working through it.
What to expect
What can I expect from the first few sessions?
Me getting a sense of what you need help with
Me asking you a few questions to get to know you better and better understanding how this issue fits into the bigger picture of your life
Us deciding whether we are a good therapeutic match and what our treatment goals might be going forward
How long can I expect to be in therapy for?
This varies greatly. Some people are in therapy for a few months and may return again at a later stage, while others benefit more from a few years of consistent therapy.
The admin stuff
What about payment?
My practice is registered with the Board of Healthcare Funders of South Africa - which means that most medical insurance companies will pay for at least a few sessions if you have benefits available. My finance team will submit and process claims on your behalf but you are encouraged to find out from your medical aid whether you have benefits available for psychotherapy first.
What is the duration of each session?
Individual sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
How frequently will I come to therapy?
If you are entering into individual psychotherapy, we are likely to meet once a week for a 50 minute session. You will have a set weekly slot for your session so our contact can feel consistent and predictable.