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Psychometric Assessments

Assessments done for school readiness, scholastic difficulties, ADHD, career guidance, personality insight or emotional difficulties as well as for recruitment and appointment purposes.

 

Career Counselling 

The Career Counselling Process assists the individual to identify all their unique and specific interests, personal qualities, aptitudes,  values, preferences and talents.   Only when you make career decisions that are in line with this, will it ensure sustainable job satisfaction.  Career Counselling is given to high school students and adults.

 

Hypnotherapy 

Hypnosis is  used as one of my therapy tools if and when I agree with the client that it may support the therapy process.  It is fully explained and the process is always managed by the client.  Hypnosis is best described as an altered state of consciousness, a changed state of awareness, concentration and perception.  During the experience of hypnosis, the person remains in complete control and should they ever feel uncomfortable because of the experience, they can always reopen their eyes and terminate the intervention. Everyone at some point or another has experienced hypnosis. One experiences hypnosis when one misses an exit while driving or when one is so engrossed watching TV or reading a book that even a person talking will nor distract one from one’s activities. Hypnosis is a very powerful tool to facilitate healing, to break negative habits or thinking  and to bring about positive change.

 

Group Therapy 

I run group sessions for women who deal with everyday problems including self-esteem, feelings of loneliness and isolation, work-life balance, depression and anxiety etc.

 

Couples / Families

Pre-marital counselling

Couples/ Marriage Counselling

Pre or post divorce interventions

Family therapy

 

Children

When working with children I foster a bond with both the child and parent. Depending on the age of the child I will utilise different techniques and will involve the parents, family members and school if and when appropriate.  I work in the areas of:

Learning Difficulties

ADHD/ADD

Autism

Behavioural Problems

Emotional Difficulties

Play Therapy

Study Methods

Divorce Support

Social Skills & Friendships

 

Adolescents / Teenagers

When working with adolescents, the young person is my main client as confidentiality and trust remains vital to our relationship.  We go on a journey together to enable the young person to face the difficult challenges that teenagers face over these years.  Parents, family members or the school may be involved depending on the age and issue we work with.  The adolescent steers this process and ultimately walks away with a new perspective and life skills.  I often work with

Self Esteem

Peer Pressure & friendship

DepressionEating Disorders

Self Mutilation (cutting)

Relationship problems

Academic & school problems

 

Adults

When working with adults I draw from a variety of therapeutic models and tools to best assist the individual in their specific circumstances.  The aim is to build a trusting and comfortable relationship from where we can explore, gain insight and build.  Each individual should ultimately feel that they receive the required support to face current challenges and that they leave with the required tools and capabilities to manage their situation independently into the future

Parental Guidance

Emotional Difficulties including Depression

Grief

Anxiety, Stress, Burnout and panic attacks

Anger issues

Fobias/ fears

Weight loss & lifestyle changes

Divorce or relationship Support

Career or work-life issues

 

Mediation

Mediation involves families in conflict working out arrangements for themselves and their children with the help of our neutral and skilled mediators at a much lower costs than in the formal legal system.  The aim of mediation is to reach an agreement which is mutually acceptable to the parties within the broad range of that which a court would be likely to approve.  Any or all of the problems that arise when couples split up can be brought to mediation.  Our mediator allow you to share and participate in your family’s future and help you to agree mutually beneficial arrangements which concern the children.  It can include drawing up a parenting plan which would include contact and care arrangements.   The concept of a parenting plan is arguably one of the most useful legal instruments introduced by the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, purposely designed to lead parents through the emotionally charged time of a hurtfull breakup of a previously trustful relationship. Such a plan becomes pivotal to govern expectations and delineate rights and responsibilities, especially in the critical first months after separation when emotions are highest and communication may well have deteriorated to a point of warfare or complete standstill.

A parenting plan can be defined as a unique document, which is compiled for a specific family, and represents the best possible solutions to avoid future litigation, and to ensure the optimal participation of both parents and their minor child/children.  The plan needs to be unique to a particular family and optimal participation of both parents and children will be essential.

When rules are negotiated in a safe environment and set out in writing, it could alleviate some of the animosity associated with with the trauma of separation.  Our skilled mediators will assist parents to explore the new realm of co-parenting and guide them in compiling a family-specific parenting plan that could provide for the children’s essential needs pertaining to residence, maintenance, structure (scheduling) and contact. In this regard, the mediation process may be viewed as a potentially creative opportunity for parents despite the difficult circumstances to reaffirm their commitment as devoted guardians, and to start to facilitate an environment conducive to collaborative co-parenting to the benefit of the child/ren.

The golden thread that runs throughout our entire mediation process is the best interests of the child.

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