I am a clinical psychologist working in Tamboerskloof in the Cape Town City Bowl, offering long-term and brief psychotherapy for adults as well as therapy for couples. As a psychologist, I am committed to providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic space. My attitude to my work is one of collaboration, openness and flexibility, adapting treatment to suit the needs and resources of each client.
I offer help with emotional difficulties, troubling behaviour and relationship problems. In my practice, I have experience treating people suffering from anxiety disorders, depression, bereavement and loss, stress, trauma, relationship difficulties and psychotic disorders.
I also have a particular interest in the emotion of shame, which often plays a hidden but significant role in a wide range of psychological distress, especially depression and trauma.
I understand that the decision to see a therapist is a big one for most people and that the process of choosing a therapist and deciding which approach would be best can be confusing. For this reason, I usually begin with an assessment of three sessions where I would try to gain an understanding of what you are needing help with. In these first few sessions you can expect me to ask questions about your current difficulties, as well as your family and relationship history. Although the questions I will be asking will be of a personal nature, I am respectful of the unfamiliarity and potentially anxiety provoking nature of these first sessions and encourage people to go at their own pace. The assessment period is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have for me about my approach or background – the process of therapy shouldn’t be a mysterious one.
Thereafter, if we decided to continue, we would decide on the duration of therapy and a regular once a week 50 minute session.
I completed my undergraduate degree part-time through the University of South Africa and my Honours and Masters degrees through the University of Cape Town in 2008.
I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Board of Health Care Funders of South Africa.