Services

Psychotherapy can take very many shapes and forms and is often tailored to meet the needs, personality and functional ability of the client. Psychotherapy is a process of which the exact time span cannot be determined that allows an individual to, with the assistance of a therapist, explore emotions, thoughts and experiences that he/she can be aware or unaware of. This exploration is done in order for the individual to make sense of these experiences, give meaning to them and integrate these thoughts, feelings and experiences so that he/she can better understand himself/herself. The therapeutic process gives an individual the unique opportunity to look at himself/herself differently in order to understand his/her patterns of behaving, interacting and thinking better. Should these patterns or ways of doing and being be more harmful to the individual that helpful he/she can explore ways in which to alter these so that he/she takes better care of himself/herself. During psychotherapy a person does not only look at what is happening at present but also how these patterns developed. Psychotherapy thus incorporates looking at what is happening at present, how what happens at present was influenced by experiences and relationships in the past and what the client chooses to do with this information in the future. Psychotherapy can often only be successful if it is done as one part of a multi-disciplinary intervention. A person might, for example, need to also consult with a psychiatrist or occupational therapist.

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
- Sir Winston Churchill
ADULTS 
ADULTS

Psychotherapy with this group of individuals include assistance with a range of emotional, relational, developmental and/or life difficulties that causes an individual distress and discomfort. Some of these difficulties might include:

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Anxiety
Difficulties sleeping
Depression
Conflict in relationships
Low self-esteem
Suicidal thoughts or past attempts
Mood swings or difficulties regulating emotions
Feelings of being emotionally blunted
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Difficulties with social interactions
Negative thoughts
Difficulties coping with life stressors
Destructive coping patterns and patterns of behaving and interacting
Self-harm
Loss or bereavement
Etcetera

Psychotherapy is, however, not only for those who are experiencing difficulties but also for those who want to know and understand themselves better and want to grow as an individual.

CHILDREN AND PARENTING 
Children and Parenting

Psychotherapy with children can take on various forms and is usually informed by the characteristics, interests and needs of the child or adolescent. These therapies might range from creative therapies such as art and dance to talking about feelings, thoughts and experiences or a combination of both. For younger children play forms an important part of therapy. The play therapy can either be structured or unstructured. This again depends on the needs of the child. Some of the difficulties that can be successfully addressed in psychotherapy are listed under the Difficulties Addressed tab below.

Difficulties Addressed
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Conduct or behavioural problems
Depression
Anxiety
Difficulties sleeping
Enuresis and encopresis
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Separation problems
Being bullied at school
Parental divorce
Development related difficulties such as problems coping with going to school or entering adolescents
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Self-harm
Low self-esteem
Difficulties with social interaction or social anxiety
Attachment problems
Etcetera
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Theraplay

I have undergone extensive training in Theraplay since 2009 with the most recent course completed in 2015.

Theraplay is an attachment-based intervention that is aimed at strengthening the relationship between a parent and child. It does so by using play activities that actively engages the child and parents. By doing this, the relationship between the parent and child is strengthened and a secure attachment is formed. Furthermore it facilitates long-term mental wellness in children.

Theraplay assists parents in being better able to identify and attune to their children’s emotional and relational needs. Furthermore it assists children in organising their emotional world and experiences, adapting and relating well in social settings, and in addressing behaviours that are detrimental to them.

Theraplay has been used to address the following:

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Depression and withdrawal
Anxiety-related difficulties such as fear and shyness
Behavioural difficulties such as acting out and noncompliance
Attachment and relational difficulties
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Autistic spectrum disorder challenges
Developmental delays
Physical challenges
Adjustment difficulties due to changes in their environment such as parental divorce or the addition of another child to the family

Theraplay can be beneficial for children from infancy to adolescence and has also been used in a preventative capacity.

For more information visit the Theraplay website: www.theraplay.org

Booth, P.B., & Jernberg, A.M. (2010). Theraplay: helping parents and children build better relationships through attachment-based play (3rd ed.). San Francisco:John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

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Circle of Security

I am a registered Circle of Security Parent Educator that offers Circle of Security parenting training.

The Circle of Security (COS) is an attachment based early intervention programme for children and caregivers “…designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.” (From the COS website)

The COS parenting training focuses on enhancing parent’s or caregivers’ understanding of their child so that they can better respond to the needs of their child and as such form a stronger bond with their child. Having this strong bond affords parents or caregivers the opportunity to connect with their child on a deeper level which will leave the child feeling much safer and more secure. This parent reflective programme is presented to parents or caregivers, in groups of up to ten, as couples or individuals during an eight week period during which parents will become more knowledgeable on forming a secure and strong bond with their child and maintaining this bond while being able to become more aware of and understanding of their child’s needs. Furthermore, during these eight weeks parents or caregivers will also have the opportunity to practice and reflect on these new skills they have learned.

The eight week program will be presented once a week for between an hour and two hours depending on the amount of people that will attend. Caregivers might want to attend the programme only or have their child in psychotherapy with me in conjunction with them attending the program as caregivers attend the programme without the child being present. It is thus a good addition to individual therapy for the child although attending the programme or having your child in individual therapy is not a requirement.

This programme is particularly beneficial for parents or caregivers with children of between zero and six years of age, foster parents, individuals that work with children regularly such as teachers and other care providers and for parents expecting an infant. Importantly, this programme is not only designed for and will not only benefit caregivers with difficult children but also those parents or caregivers that want to further strengthen their understanding of and bond with their child.

For more information please contact me or visit the COS website: here

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COUPLES AND FAMILIES 
Couples and Families

Couples therapy often involves two individuals who are in a close relationship that is currently experiencing difficulties or stressors. This might include partner or spousal conflict. During couples therapy attention is given to identifying and meeting (if possible) each person’s needs, improving communication and fostering trust and empathy in the involved individuals. It assists couples in compromising so that both parties’ needs can be met and allows individuals to better understand each other and themselves.

Family therapy is very much like couples therapy but often involves the larger family unit such as parents, children and at times even grandparents and other family members. Family therapy can assist families in indentifying patterns in the manner in which they interact and why they do so, improve communication and trust and at times give families a safe space in which to express themselves or in which to explore subjects that are difficult to explore othewise. Family therapy can be especially useful in assisting children when parents are separating or divorcing and/or when children have to integrate into a new family after a divorce. It can also assist the divorced couple and new partners to, in a contained space, work on maintaining a united front and discuss factors such as finances, discipline and childrearing in the different homes.

Click on the EFT button for more information on Emotionally Focussed Couple Therapy (EFT).

EFT
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)

I have completed all the required courses in EFT during the period 2014-2015.

EFT assists couples with a range of emotional and relational difficulties.

EFT is a couple therapy approach that focuses on assisting couples to understand each other’s behaviour and to assist couples in understanding the emotions underlying these behaviours. In so doing it allows couples in identifying the negative cycles they get caught up in. Identifying this negative cycle assists them in identifying and sharing the vulnerable emotions that underlie the anger and other negative emotions they express toward each other. The EFT approach is a structured therapeutic approach that actively engages each partner in order to assist the couple in developing and maintaining a more secure attachment. Research has shown that up to 90% of couples who participate in the EFT process experience improvement in their relationship.

For more information you can visit: here or here

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Services

Psychotherapy can take very many shapes and forms and is often tailored to meet the needs, personality and functional ability of the client. Psychotherapy is a process of which the exact time span cannot be determined that allows an individual to, with the assistance of a therapist, explore emotions, thoughts and experiences that he/she can be aware or unaware of. This exploration is done in order for the individual to make sense of these experiences, give meaning to them and integrate these thoughts, feelings and experiences so that he/she can better understand himself/herself. The therapeutic process gives an individual the unique opportunity to look at himself/herself differently in order to understand his/her patterns of behaving, interacting and thinking better. Should these patterns or ways of doing and being be more harmful to the individual that helpful he/she can explore ways in which to alter these so that he/she takes better care of himself/herself. During psychotherapy a person does not only look at what is happening at present but also how these patterns developed. Psychotherapy thus incorporates looking at what is happening at present, how what happens at present was influenced by experiences and relationships in the past and what the client chooses to do with this information in the future. Psychotherapy can often only be successful if it is done as one part of a multi-disciplinary intervention. A person might, for example, need to also consult with a psychiatrist or occupational therapist.

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
- Sir Winston Churchill
ADULTS 
ADULTS

Psychotherapy with this group of individuals include assistance with a range of emotional, relational, developmental and/or life difficulties that causes an individual distress and discomfort. Some of these difficulties might include:

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Anxiety
Difficulties sleeping
Depression
Conflict in relationships
Low self-esteem
Suicidal thoughts or past attempts
Mood swings or difficulties regulating emotions
Feelings of being emotionally blunted
Difficulties with social interactions
Negative thoughts
Difficulties coping with life stressors
Destructive coping patterns and patterns of behaving and interacting
Self-harm
Loss or bereavement
Etcetera

Psychotherapy is, however, not only for those who are experiencing difficulties but also for those who want to know and understand themselves better and want to grow as an individual.

CHILDREN AND PARENTING 
Children and Parenting

Psychotherapy with children can take on various forms and is usually informed by the characteristics, interests and needs of the child or adolescent. These therapies might range from creative therapies such as art and dance to talking about feelings, thoughts and experiences or a combination of both. For younger children play forms an important part of therapy. The play therapy can either be structured or unstructured. This again depends on the needs of the child. Some of the difficulties that can be successfully addressed in psychotherapy are listed under the Difficulties Addressed tab below.

Difficulties Addressed
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Conduct or behavioural problems
Depression
Anxiety
Difficulties sleeping
Enuresis and encopresis
Separation problems
Being bullied at school
Parental divorce
Development related difficulties such as problems coping with going to school or entering adolescents
Self-harm
Low self-esteem
Difficulties with social interaction or social anxiety
Attachment problems
Etcetera
Close
Theraplay

I have undergone extensive training in Theraplay since 2009 with the most recent course completed in 2015.

Theraplay is an attachment-based intervention that is aimed at strengthening the relationship between a parent and child. It does so by using play activities that actively engages the child and parents. By doing this, the relationship between the parent and child is strengthened and a secure attachment is formed. Furthermore it facilitates long-term mental wellness in children.

Theraplay assists parents in being better able to identify and attune to their children’s emotional and relational needs. Furthermore it assists children in organising their emotional world and experiences, adapting and relating well in social settings, and in addressing behaviours that are detrimental to them.

Theraplay has been used to address the following:

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Depression and withdrawal
Anxiety-related difficulties such as fear and shyness
Behavioural difficulties such as acting out and noncompliance
Attachment and relational difficulties
Autistic spectrum disorder challenges
Developmental delays
Physical challenges
Adjustment difficulties due to changes in their environment such as parental divorce or the addition of another child to the family

Theraplay can be beneficial for children from infancy to adolescence and has also been used in a preventative capacity.

For more information visit the Theraplay website: www.theraplay.org

Booth, P.B., & Jernberg, A.M. (2010). Theraplay: helping parents and children build better relationships through attachment-based play (3rd ed.). San Francisco:John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Close
Circle of Security

I am a registered Circle of Security Parent Educator that offers Circle of Security parenting training.

The Circle of Security (COS) is an attachment based early intervention programme for children and caregivers “…designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.” (From the COS website)

The COS parenting training focuses on enhancing parent’s or caregivers’ understanding of their child so that they can better respond to the needs of their child and as such form a stronger bond with their child. Having this strong bond affords parents or caregivers the opportunity to connect with their child on a deeper level which will leave the child feeling much safer and more secure. This parent reflective programme is presented to parents or caregivers, in groups of up to ten, as couples or individuals during an eight week period during which parents will become more knowledgeable on forming a secure and strong bond with their child and maintaining this bond while being able to become more aware of and understanding of their child’s needs. Furthermore, during these eight weeks parents or caregivers will also have the opportunity to practice and reflect on these new skills they have learned.

The eight week program will be presented once a week for between an hour and two hours depending on the amount of people that will attend. Caregivers might want to attend the programme only or have their child in psychotherapy with me in conjunction with them attending the program as caregivers attend the programme without the child being present. It is thus a good addition to individual therapy for the child although attending the programme or having your child in individual therapy is not a requirement.

This programme is particularly beneficial for parents or caregivers with children of between zero and six years of age, foster parents, individuals that work with children regularly such as teachers and other care providers and for parents expecting an infant. Importantly, this programme is not only designed for and will not only benefit caregivers with difficult children but also those parents or caregivers that want to further strengthen their understanding of and bond with their child.

For more information please contact me or visit the COS website: here

Close
COUPLES AND FAMILIES 
Couples and Families

Couples therapy often involves two individuals who are in a close relationship that is currently experiencing difficulties or stressors. This might include partner or spousal conflict. During couples therapy attention is given to identifying and meeting (if possible) each person’s needs, improving communication and fostering trust and empathy in the involved individuals. It assists couples in compromising so that both parties’ needs can be met and allows individuals to better understand each other and themselves.

Family therapy is very much like couples therapy but often involves the larger family unit such as parents, children and at times even grandparents and other family members. Family therapy can assist families in indentifying patterns in the manner in which they interact and why they do so, improve communication and trust and at times give families a safe space in which to express themselves or in which to explore subjects that are difficult to explore othewise. Family therapy can be especially useful in assisting children when parents are separating or divorcing and/or when children have to integrate into a new family after a divorce. It can also assist the divorced couple and new partners to, in a contained space, work on maintaining a united front and discuss factors such as finances, discipline and childrearing in the different homes.

Click on the EFT button for more information on Emotionally Focussed Couple Therapy (EFT).

EFT
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)

I have completed all the required courses in EFT during the period 2014-2015.

EFT assists couples with a range of emotional and relational difficulties.

EFT is a couple therapy approach that focuses on assisting couples to understand each other’s behaviour and to assist couples in understanding the emotions underlying these behaviours. In so doing it allows couples in identifying the negative cycles they get caught up in. Identifying this negative cycle assists them in identifying and sharing the vulnerable emotions that underlie the anger and other negative emotions they express toward each other. The EFT approach is a structured therapeutic approach that actively engages each partner in order to assist the couple in developing and maintaining a more secure attachment. Research has shown that up to 90% of couples who participate in the EFT process experience improvement in their relationship.

For more information you can visit: here or here

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