I am able to assist families, couples, adults, young adults, teenagers and children (8+) with a range of psychotherapeutic services.
These services cover:
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY DISORDERS
I have a keen interest in and experience with assisting individuals struggling with Depression and Anxiety related problems. If you are experiencing depression related symptoms such as emptiness, sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, a lack of pleasure, a lack of motivation and/or suicidality and/or if you are experiencing anxiety related symptoms such as worrying, stress, anxiety, restlessness, specific phobias, social phobia and/or panic attacks then contact me and we will make a plan to help you regain a sense of peace, confidence and fulfilment in your life.
TRAUMA AND MAJOR LIFE CHANGES
Sometimes big things, scary things happen to us that we are not at all prepared for. It can feel like it has completely shattered our sense of being able to protect ourselves or our loved ones and it can completely destroy the life we had planned as well as our hope for the future. Figuring out how to make sense of what had happened and how to pick up all the pieces and put it back together again is a difficult task. The busyness of life often doesn't give us the luxury of taking enough time for us to figure out how to do this by ourselves. This is where I come in, I can help you speed up this process and help you in your quest to get your life back together again.
ADDICTION AND ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOURS
Addiction is a disease that causes an individual to compulsively engage in short-term pleasure despite the negative long-term consequences. Addiction, at its core, is driven by an internal chaos that is characterised by its intense and overwhelming emotions. Emotions such as fear, sadness, shame and self-hate are often buried under the addiction. The addictive behaviours protect the addict from these emotions in the short term, but in the long term it amplifies these emotions. I am well versed in addiction as I currently work part-time at an international rehabilitation centre that focuses on substance and process addictions as well as eating disorders.
Where lines of communication have broken down and the connection between individuals have been lost, I can help individuals remember the reason for their relationship and help them unite behind it once again. I am able to help individuals reach down into the core of their needs and concerns and facilitate an environment where they feel safe to be vulnerable and share their thoughts and feelings, while being confident that they will be heard. This includes difficulties between couples, families, friends, parent-child and professional relationships.
CHILD THERAPY AND PARENTAL GUIDANCE
Some children act out, some children retreat into themselves, some become uncompliant and some become overly compliant, whichever the case this is usually accompanied by intense and overwhelming emotions, emotions that your child likely doesn’t fully understand and often doesn’t feel like sharing. For me, the first and most important part of child therapy is to build a sense of trust and openness between me and your child. From there I can help your child build a strong and healthy sense of self and increase their ability to make sense of, and deal with, their emotions. I can help your child build better relationships (especially with you) and improve their communication skills. Much of child therapy, especially in the beginning, is non-verbal. I utilise activities, unstructured play, games and my relationship with your child to communicate with them. During the therapeutic process parents are often given psycho-education and parental guidance to help them facilitate the desired changes at home. This has been shown to speed up the therapeutic process considerably.
LIFE AND PERFORMANCE COACHING
Often what stands between us and our fulfilment, between us and our success, is us. More often than not it is our fears, our doubts, our bad habits, our lack of focus and our lack of insight that stands in the way. As a psychologist and someone who personally seeks self-actualisation, I have spent over 10 000 hours understanding the many ways in which we hinder and hurt ourselves as well as the many ways we can help and heal ourselves. You only live once, you may as well get as much out of it as you can. Let me help you become the person you wish to be. Let me help you build the life you wish to have. Let me help you learn to help yourself.