Yolande Offord – Clinical Psychologist

Yolande Offord – Clinical Psychologist

My Background

My working life started out with a career as lecturer and academic in Higher Education in the field of Communication and Media Studies. I later completed my Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Witwatersrand and subsequently completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Western Cape.

​During my internship year I was placed at Valkenberg Hospital where I completed rotations at Alexandra Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, and the Female High Care Unit at Valkenberg Hospital. I completed my Community Service year at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital within the Male Acute Unit, providing individual and group therapy to inpatients, conducting assessments, training staff and students, and supervising students.

​Dignity is an essential principle that guide my life and work. I therefore aim to provide a therapeutic space where the dignity of the client can be restored. It includes an open-hearted embrace of the client’s otherness and individuality.

My Interest’s

Women’s Mental Health and Health Psychology

My Services

Women’s Mental Health

Some mental health challenges are unique to women or more commonly experienced by women. Through Women’s Mental Health services, I focus on addressing the specifics of these challenges.

 

These include but are not limited to:

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder/PMS.
  • Perinatal distress.
  • Miscarriage/stillbirth.
  • Menopausal symptoms.

 

Health Psychology

Psychological factors can have an effect on physical health outcomes. Patients admitted to a general medical hospital or those treated as outpatients may be in need of Psychotherapeutic interventions. When the treating medical team have queries regarding a patient’s mental health or how the patient’s psychological processes are affecting health outcomes, the patient is referred to a psychologist who then liaises with the medical team on an ongoing basis as treatment progress.

 

This includes:

  • Patients with medical conditions that result in psychiatric or behavioural symptoms.
  • Those with diagnosed mental health disorders that have been admitted for medical treatment.
  • Assessment of capacity to provide informed consent to treatment.
  • Patients with conversion disorder.
  • Assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of those admitted for parasuicide and suicide attempts.

 

Facilitation and Training

I provide training to medical personnel on the care and treatment of mental health care users (such as the Low Arousal Approach to managing challenging behaviour) as well as training and psychoeducation to non-medical

personnel on mental health care topics.

 

Other services

In addition, I am experienced in the psychotherapeutic treatment of people with:

  • Psychotic Disorders.
  • Dissociative Disorders.
  • Intellectual Disability.
  • Personality Disorders.

As well as:

  • Medical staff who require treatment for burnout.
  • Medical staff in need of debriefing, e.g. after failed resuscitations.