My journey began at the University of Johannesburg (previously Rand Afrikaans University), where I completed all my psychology studies. I obtained a cum laude for both Honours and Masters. I was a member of the Golden Key International Society, a society honouring academic excellence. My training at the University of Johannesburg took an integrative approach.
During my Honours year, I volunteered at a half-way house for psychological dis-ease – Viva College working with teenagers and young adults. I also volunteered briefly at SADAG and LifeLine. I then detoured for a few years to study a BCom Honours and spent some time in the corporate world returning to my first passion soon after.
During my Clinical Psychology Masters, I gained group and individual psychotherapy experience at Helen Joseph Hospital. I completed my internship at both Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital and Tara H. Moross Institute. At Weskoppies I worked in the acute psychotic and mood disorders, personality disorders, and forensic wards. Additionally, I gained experience in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), substance abuse and family therapy.
At Tara H. Moross Institute I gained experience in the DBT program in ward 4 and 5, as well as in the neuropsychology unit.
I went on to work at the Gauteng Metro Community Clinics in the wider Johannesburg area, where I conducted individual, couple and group psychotherapy on a wide-range of diagnoses, including trauma, bereavement/grief, personality disorders, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, phobias, depression, bipolar disorder, and various medical disorders, amongst others. I also conducted play therapy with children of various ages. Through my experience here, I continued with supervision and training in both the psychodynamic and somatic psychotherapy paradigms.
I was then based at Crescent Clinic Cape Town working with a wide range of conditions – both medical and psychological. I now run an independent practice.
I have trained in various modalities: BWRT, EMDR, CBT, DBT, Hypnotherapy, Ego State Therapy, Schema Therapy, Parts Therapy, SHIP®, relational psychodynamic and Jungian psychotherapy. I believe that a therapist’s job entails never-ending self-development and so I continue training and personally partaking in a variety of psychological and other healing methods.
I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF).
HPCSA Nr: PS0135461
Practice Nr: 0752843
Some of my interest areas include: somatic psychotherapy, trauma (acute, developmental and relational), Eastern healing modalities (acupuncture and ayurveda), transpersonal psychology, meditation and mindfulness, and physical symptoms having emotional roots.
I thank you for allowing me to accompany you on your journey of healing.