Seeing a psychologist for a major depressive episode early in life (10 years old) ignited a life time passion for psychology and the power of transformation it offers. Those sessions taught me so much about understanding my own mind and I dearly wanted to share that with others who were struggling.
Despite that early interest, I only got the opportunity to study my calling as an adult and I qualified with a postgraduate degree in Psychology in 2013 from UNISA and Varsity College. I have now been working in counselling for just over 6 years. During this time I have worked with clients on trauma and grief, relationship issues and life changes whether they be divorce, retirement or a cancer diagnosis. I’ve worked at schools for children with developmental delays such as Autism; I’ve worked on the Lifeline call center working with trauma, and I’ve worked with young adults in care in a mentorship role. While I’ve had extensive experience working with adults, working with children and adolescents holds a special place in my heart.
I attended a Play Therapy workshop in 2017 and took some of those tools back to the rooms when I worked with children. The results were profound and I decided to specialise in Play Therapy. As there isn’t a registered course in South Africa I went onto study Play Therapy through Play Therapy International. I am currently registered to pursue further training in play therapy through Play Therapy International South Africa (PTISA).
I enjoy a varied practice and I work with children (aged 4 and up), teenagers, and adults. My training is Person-centered and informed by Developmental and Attachment theories. However I’m a bit eclectic in my approach, and I am constantly open to learning anything new that may be useful to my clients. For instance I have found Mindfulness very helpful in my own life and often share this with clients.