I started my studies in psychology at the University of the Western Cape, where I received a BPsych degree in 2004. After working at a community clinic for a brief time and working at a research organization in Cape Town, I completed my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling at Stellenbosch University in 2007. After completion of my internship and community service, I worked at a military hospital in the Western Cape for eight years. And entered fulltime private practice in Stellenbosch in 2019. I am also currently working at Stellenbosch University's Student Counselling Centre as a consultant psychologist.
I enjoy working with adults, adolescents and, especially the student population. My therapeutic approach is influenced by different theoretical modalities, and is catered to the needs and goals of the client. I work in an integrative manner, drawing from both unstructured and structured therapeutic modalities. I am trained in and often utilize Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills. Mindfulness greatly influences the work that I do. I offer both longterm and shortterm psychotherapy.
I have worked with people from diverse backgrounds and with a broad spectrum of mental health concerns. I enjoy working with students and also have a particular interest in women's health, anxiety and stress, depression, and infertility. I also offer psychoeducational groups and personal growth workshops.
Following my personal struggle with infertility, I have developed an interest in the psychological impact of the processes involved in infertility (diagnosis, treatment, positive and negative outcomes) on the individual(s) and couple facing such difficulties. I have found that emotional support is not always easily accessible, yet essential, when going through this process. To this end I offer a free online (videoconference) support group for women struggling with infertiliy and/or going through assisted reproduction. Please click here if you would like to receive more information about this group.
I also see patients with both recent (acute) and long-standing and/or enduring (chronic) forms of trauma. Trauma work can often be a challenging, yet utlimately fulfilling journey for a client and a therapist. The resilience of the human spirit in spite of hardship never ceases to amaze me. I feel humbled and priviliged to do the work that I do, and I look forward to offering you a therapeutic space that is warm, empathetic, and meaningful.