My interest in psychology began in high school during an art lesson on surrealism. I began to realise that I had looked at the world very concretely, and that the human mind was layered.. Everything I did, felt and how I have reacted to my personal world had meaning. So much of our behaviours, thoughts and feelings are based on what we have had uniquely available to us tangibly and emotionally, and our worlds are in fact subjective and not objective, no two people experience the world the same.
Therefore, I applied for Psychology after I matriculated but still kept one foot in the arts by majoring in English literature as well. After receiving my undergraduate degree I felt Psychology was where my true passions laid, therefore I applied for an Honours degree in Psychology. Along the way I took a keen interest in psychopathology which led me to continue my journey into a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.
I gained my first experience during an exchange program to the Netherlands. I spent a month living at Bartemeus which is an institute for the blind and also a facility for children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. I attended classes at the Vrije University and had supervision with a Clinical Psychologist. During my Masters’ year I gained more hands on experience, but also under supervision, at the Institute of Psychology and Wellbeing as a Student Psychologist, working mostly on everyday life stressors, adjustment problems, and mild to moderate mood disturbances, problem solving and so forth. I flourished and enjoyed delving deeper into psychopathology when I began working at Witrand Psychiatric Hospital, where I was exposed to psychosis and related disorders, and working further with mood and substance related disorders
Currently, I am a registered Clinical Psychologist. I have worked with childhood disorders, personality disorders, mood, trauma, anxiety and substance use disorders in both adult male and females. I have also worked with neuro-cognitive disorders.
Here is a brief description of some of the therapuetic perspectives I use during my pscyhotherapeutic intervention:
– Person Centered Therapy
– Existential Therapy
– Cognitive Bavioural Therapy
– Rational Behavioural Therapy
– Psychodynamic Therapy
– Attachment theory
– Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
I have also had the priviledge of working with the following disorders/ patients and in their coresponding wards: neuropsyhology, substance and mood related disorders, children and adolescents and personality disorders.
– BA in Psychology and English (with distinction)
– BA HONS in Psychology (with distinction)
– Masters in Clinical Psychology
– I am also a member of the Goldenkey Honorary Society
– M.A. Clinical Psychology
– HPCSA No. PS0137073
– Practice no. 0907502