About...

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About Me…

I am a registered Therapist and Clinical Social worker in private practice in the Northern and Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.

I received my B.Soc.Sc.S.W (Hons) Degree at the University of Cape Town in 2010, and I am currently enrolled at the University to complete my Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy. I have five years of experience in my field; working with children, in the field of Psychiatry and Oncology.

My passion for working with children has not dwindled, and I am inspired to heal children and their families. I have taken a special interest in Play Therapy and Trauma Therapy and have spent the past three years specializing in these fields.

My Work…

I work from a developmental and psycho-dynamic perspective with children, pre-teens and adults. With regards to children, I adopt Play Therapy methods as well as Sand Tray work. In relation to adults I provide Individual Therapy and parental guidance and support.

I provide an eclectic service in order to accommodate each individual client and tailor therapy to fit the client’s specific needs. The ability to be real, caring, display warmth, acceptance and sensitive understanding forms the basis of my relationship with clients and is the key to facilitating change.

Although I work therapeutically with children, I do not engage in legal services and will not attend court proceedings or write court reports.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association for Play Therapy, United States (APT)
  • EMDR Institute, United States
  • South African Council for Social Services Professionals (SACSSP)
  • Board of Health Care Funders (BHF)
  • South African Social Workers in Private Practice (SASWIPP)

Children...

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“Child Centered Play Therapy is a complete therapeutic system, not just the application of a few rapport-building techniques, and is based on a belief in the capacity of children be constructively self-directing. Children are the best sources of information about themselves. They are quite capable of appropriately directing their own growth, and they are granted the freedom in the play therapy relationship to be themselves in the process of playing out feelings and experiences. Children create their own histories in the playroom, and the therapist respects the direction determined by the child” (Landreth, 2002, p. 59)

In the playroom, children are able to act out their experiences and explore their emotional world in a safe and healing setting. The knowledge and manner of the play therapist as well as the carefully selected toys in the playroom facilitate a safe environment permitting children to fully explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Children are guided through this process with the use of limit setting and choices, thus promoting emotional and social growth, safety and security, self-control, self-responsibility and constructive change.

In my work with children I adopt various other play therapy methods including Expressive Therapies (the use of art, puppets etc.), Sand Tray work and Developmental Touch Therapy. I also use the principles of EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in working with children who have experienced trauma.

Play Therapy is recommended in the following cases:

  • Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
  • Trauma (being a part of, or witnessing a traumatic event)
  • Adjustment issues (change of schools)
  • Children of Divorce
  • Family conflicts
  • Loss or bereavement
  • Behavioural difficulties including aggression and bullying
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Emotional difficulties (anxiety, low mood, withdrawal)

Adults...

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  • EMDR / Trauma Therapy
  • Parental Support & Guidance
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

 

When a disturbing event occurs it gets locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. The brain is equipped to manage and process adversity, but there are certain negative experiences that can elude a person’s natural processing ability and the brain’s ability to integrate the trauma and release it. This may be what is happening in REM or dream sleep often resulting in nightmares.

As a result of the unresolved trauma, disturbing memories continue to replay through the mind and various triggers such as place, smells, people, and similar situations bring up the distressing feelings and thoughts related to the unresolved issue. The bilateral stimulations used may help to re-process the frozen material. Clients are able to process the memory in a manner that leads to peaceful resolution. It is the client’s own brain that will be doing the healing and the client is the one in control.

Francine Shapiro, an American Psychologist developed EMDR in the late 1980’s. EMDR is considered to be a highly effective first line treatment of trauma (American Psychiatric Association, 2004), as it has the capacity to overcome the devastating effects of psychological trauma. These disturbing life experiences contribute to clinical problems and overall health.

“EMDR is now accepted as a treatment of choice by numerous mental health departments and trauma organizations. EMDR has a broad base of published case reports and controlled research that supports it as an empirically validated treatment of trauma and other adverse life experiences. The Department of Defence/Department of Veterans Affairs Practice Guidelines have placed EMDR in the highest category, recommended for all trauma populations at all times. In addition, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies current treatment guidelines have designated EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD (Foa, Keane, Friedman, & Cohen, 2009) as have the Departments of Health of both Northern Ireland and Israel, which have indicated EMDR to be one of only two or three treatments of choice for trauma victims. Most recently, the World Health Organization (2013) has stated that trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents, and adults with PTSD” (www.emdr.com)

 

“Of course our most important role as a parent is to have our children know that they are loved and worthy. Even more importantly, it’s to help them discover, and fan the flames of whatever it is that they are enthusiastic about!” ~ Steve Karagiannis

When a child is referred for Play Therapy, the first interview is done with the parents. Once a full history has been obtained and the problem behaviours have been outlined, an intervention will be recommended specific to the child’s needs. This process always requires the full commitment of the parents, be it in way of bringing the child to scheduled therapy sessions or actively participating in the therapeutic process.

It is important to remember that there is no easy way to parent, and at times parents may feel that they need additional support in this regard. The process of Filial Therapy empowers parents with tools that assist in managing their child’s behaviour as well as strengthen the parent-child relationship. This unique approach teaches parents the basic Child Centered Play Therapy principles and skills, enabling them to create a non-judgemental and accepting environment that facilitates personal growth for both the parent and the child (Landreth, 2002). Parents are taught how to effectively administer choices and limit setting to their children, empowering them to set healthy boundaries and manage behaviours consistently.

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Fees

As a professional Therapist/ Clinical Social Worker, registered with the Council of Social Services Professions, I am accredited with the medical aids and the Board of Health Care Funders.

Clients will receive an invoice after every session and payment will be due within 7 days, either by cash payment or EFT. Depending on your medical aid scheme, you should be able to claim a portion of the therapy costs. Please discuss your reimbursement options with your medial aid.

Cancellation of sessions requires 24 hours’ notice, or these sessions will be charged for in full. No fee will be incurred in the case of an emergency.

Adult Sessions
R450
Per Session
  • Duration: 50 Minutes
Child Sessions
R400
Per Session
  • Duration: 50 Minutes