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Certified Focusing Orientated Psychotherapist (Focusing Institute, New York)

M.Ed. (Psychology), (University of Cape Town)

D.E.J. P. (Rhodes University)

HPCSA Registration Number: PS 0033251

  • Associated Member of the Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Member of the Cape Town Psychoanalytic Self Psychology group, which is affiliated to the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation.
  • Founding member of the Cape Town Child Psychoanalytic Group
  • Member of the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health
  • Member of the Cape Town Infant Mental Health Forum

I qualified with a Masters degree in Educational Psychology in 1992. At the start of my career in private practice I worked primarily with children in play therapy, and with adults in individual psychotherapy.Over the years my focus has changed to working mainly with individuals in adult psychotherapy either on a long term or short term basis, depending upon the needs and circumstances of each client.

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION AND TRAINING

My theoretical orientation is primarily Relational Self Psychology, but I believe in holding theory lightly and using whatever orientation may be useful for a particular client at a particular time.

During the 22 years since graduation, I have maintained and updated my expertise by attending as many relevant postgraduate training courses, workshops, conferences and seminars, as possible.

In 2008 I completed a two year training course in Focusing Orientated Psychotherapy with the Focusing Institute in New York.

Focusing psychotherapy is a way of working which involves concentrating on what is called the “felt sense.” This is an inner awareness of “something” which has never been consciously thought about. This “something” is often the key to a deeper self-understanding. Through working with the “felt sense” the therapist is able to help clients to not only deepen their self-knowledge but also to gain new insights into the issues with which they are dealing.

I strongly believe in a gentle approach which does not mean that uncomfortable issues are ignored. More than anything, for any therapy to be successful, the client must feel safe and respected, irrespective of the issues which he or she brings into the therapy.   Relational psychotherapy involves a collaborative interaction between therapist and client. Both the therapist and client are impacted by the therapy in some way.

I am comfortable dealing with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression (including postnatal depression), bereavement, loss, relationship difficulties, and difficult life decisions.

I particularly enjoy working with those whose aim is increased self-knowledge. I have always been interested in developmental psychology, from earliest infancy to late adulthood. Recently I have included parent/infant psychotherapy into my work, with the emphasis on the psychology of early attachment and bonding. This has impacted on my understanding of adult problems.

I am registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa and charge medical aid rates.

I usually recommend to new clients that we get to know each other through a process of a four session initial assessment over a period of four weeks. The client can then decide whether or not he or she is comfortable with the way that I work and wishes to continue with therapy.

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