I provide psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, couples and families. I provide short term and long term therapy to people with various concerns ranging from feelings of emptiness or discontent in daily life, to those individuals requiring assistance in dealing with changing circumstances, as well as clients dealing with illnesses that cause intense and persistent distress. Read more about me or Contact me for more information
Therapy provides a thoughtful space between the busy pace of life to pause and reflect on yourself to encourage self awareness and growth. There is a misconception that therapy is only necessary if you have symptoms of severe psychological distress. Humans are complex and we are required to negotiate an increasingly complex world. Many individuals grapple with difficulties that would not be considered severe, but that hinder their ability to reach their full potential and enjoyment of life such as; grief, anger, difficulties in communication that stifle love, friendships and career growth; doubts about self-worth; lacking motivation; and difficult life decisions or crisis. Therapy provides the opportunity to identify the underlying causes of unhelpful thoughts and emotions, and improve your well-being.
It is profoundly painful to experience turmoil in our intimate relationships. Couples often come to therapy with questions such as: how do we make this work? why are we stuck as a couple? are we supposed to be together? why do we fight so much? why has she / he changed so much? why is there no intimacy? Issues such as jealously, unmet expectations, lack of time, and infidelity are also frequently addressed in couples therapy.
Each person brings their unique personality and expectations to the relationship. Couples therapy provides a safe and contained space to explore the patterns of communication between the partners, perceptions that the partners have of each other, and the expectations that are held of the relationship. The couple can develop more satisfying and fulfilling ways of negotiating conflict and being together. However, sometimes couples therapy is sought to adjust to the changing circumstances of the end of a relationship.
Adolescence is frequently a turbulent developmental period as the teenager negotiates conflicts about their identity, social acceptance, coping with academic pressure, and managing the need need for both independence and support from family. Social media and cyberbullying also present unique challenges for adolescents who are grappling with a sense of who they are and who they think they should be in order to feel accepted. Adolescents do not always have the words to express their struggles, and may prefer not to discuss certain topics with family members. This makes changes in their mood and behaviour, and harmful acting out, difficult to understand and manage.
Therapy with adolescents aims to help the individual develop confidence, self-awareness and skills to ease their transition into the adult world. Therapy provides a space for the adolescent to explore the various aspects of their identity. Working with teenagers focuses on finding the words to express the intense emotional experiences they may be experiencing which, without words may be expressed in in destructive mood swings or acting out that have a negative impact on relationships and school performance.
My fees are within the medical aid rates. I am contracted to most medical aids. Sessions will typically occur at the same time each week.The number of sessions required depends on the nature and severity of the difficulties that you are seeking to address.