INTRODUCTION

    Life can at times be incredibly difficult.

    From experiencing intense grief and sadness, to overwhelming anxiety, fear or anger, to feeling stuck or frustrated regarding a relationship or difficult child. Dealing with such stressful situations on one's own can often exacerbate things even further, and can leave us feeling increasingly drained, confused or desperate.

    It is important to know that you do not need to deal with the psychological pain, unease or distress that you or a loved one may be experiencing alone. Whether it's through my help or the assistance from another therapist, you can be happy and strong again. You can grow.

    When choosing a therapist, it is important to feel as comfortable as possible with that person. So, feel free to explore my site further, learn more ABOUT ME and my SERVICES, and if you would like to book a session, you are welcome to contact me.

    Life can at times be incredibly difficult.

    From experiencing intense grief and sadness, to overwhelming anxiety, fear or anger, to feeling stuck or frustrated regarding a relationship or difficult child. Dealing with such stressful situations on one's own can often exacerbate things even further, and can leave us feeling increasingly drained, confused or desperate.

    It is important to know that you do not need to deal with the psychological pain, unease or distress that you or a loved one may be experiencing alone. Whether it's through my help or the assistance from another therapist, you can be happy and strong again. You can grow.

    When choosing a therapist, it is important to feel as comfortable as possible with that person. So, feel free to explore my site further, learn more ABOUT ME and my SERVICES, and if you would like to book a session, you are welcome to contact me.

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    CONTACT DETAILS

    For appointments, you may contact me on 082 584 4331 or you can email me at michael@pretoriaeastpsychologist.co.za

    Alternatively, you are also welcome to complete the form below to get in touch with me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

    For appointments, you may contact me on 082 584 4331 or you can email me at michael@pretoriaeastpsychologist.co.za

    Alternatively, you are also welcome to complete the form below to get in touch with me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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    MORE ABOUT MYSELF AND SERVICES

    • ABOUT ME

      I am a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice at 577 Lois Avenue, Erasmuskloof in Pretoria East.

      I work from within the Intergrative Interactional Approach using General Systems Theory as a meta-theory. This approach allows for the scientific exploration and understanding of the maintaining variables of a client’s presenting complaint(s) as it relates to the environment in which he or she functions. The focus is placed very much on the uniqueness of the individual’s situation and therefore emphasis is placed on person centeredness to gain a full picture of the client’s world. Understanding people and their difficulties from this perspective removes the notion of guesswork and makes therapy tangible.

      In terms of therapeutic work in addition to my private practice, I have worked successfully with people across the age, race and gender spectrum in Psychiatric institutions, Hospitals and Government Clinics in and around Pretoria. Presenting complaints that I have dealt with have varied over the years but have included: Anxiety, PTSD, phobias, schizophrenia, relationship difficulties, anger difficulties, depression, divorce, bullying and bedwetting to name a few.

      Academically I have published works in the South African Journal of Psychology [42(3), 411-422] and I plan to publish more in the future.

      I am passionate about my field and, if it is your need, I look forward to walking the therapeutic journey with you.

    • SERVICES
      • Individual Psychotherapy

        Individual psychotherapy can briefly be described as one-on-one interactions in a private setting between a client and a qualified psychotherapist towards the resolution of a client’s psychological distress by making use of various psychotherapeutic techniques. The techniques that I employ in my therapeutic approach towards my clients will depend entirely upon the client’s unique situation. Once I have obtained a clear picture of a client’s world, I design a customised intervention specifically for that individual to address his or her psychological difficulty.

        Types of difficulties experienced by people are vast. Some examples include: Anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, grief, anger, phobias and addiction to name a few.

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      • Couples Psychotherapy
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        Couples psychotherapy is a form of therapy which centres around assisting a couple experiencing distress in their relationship. The systematic approach that I take with this delicate process begins by seeing each member of the couple individually before seeing them as a unit. This is done in order to obtain as full a picture of the relationship from each party’s perspective as possible so as to enhance the therapeutic process during joint sessions.

        Clients typically report marital difficulties, pre-marital therapy and assistance with the dissolution of a relationship as reasons for seeking couples therapy.
      • Child Therapy

        Children are highly sensitive to impacts in their environments but often have not yet developed the skills necessary to communicate their distress effectively to others. They may therefore attempt to communicate their difficulties in various ways, such as bedwetting, nightmares or ‘temper tantrums’ which can leave a parent feeling not only very concerned but also stuck, confused and very often frustrated.

        My approach towards working therapeutically with children makes use of a unique form of therapy developed by Professor Charl Vorster. It combines some of the principles of play therapy and storytelling which culminate in a very powerful therapeutic tool known as Teddy Bear Therapy. This highly developed form of therapy has been designed with great care to enhance communication between the therapist and the child to assist the child to learn how to deal with the demands in his or her environment more effectively. This approach will often require the assistance of “wise old Uncle Owl” or “Mr Rabbit” during sessions as well as mom and dad outside of the therapeutic office.

        Typical concerns of parents requesting child therapy for their children include: Abuse, Bedwetting or soiling, Nightmares, Nail biting, Bullying, Trauma, Grief, Dealing with parents’ divorce and Pre- and post-operative management.

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      • Group Therapy
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        Group therapy can be a powerful medium to assist individuals within a group setting of other people experiencing similar difficulties. Typical requests for group therapy include difficulties regarding addictions, anxiety, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, grief, depression and even expectant couples awaiting the arrival of a new member into the family system. It can also be used as a tool to enhance communication between colleagues to optimise the efficiency of the working environment.

        Groups typically consist of between 6 and 10 members and if requested will either be facilitated by myself individually or in association with a colleague.

      • Assessments / Medico-Legal Evaluations
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        Psychological assessment is the process of making use of psychological tests which, if not projective, have been standardised to assist in the accumulation of objective observations regarding an individual’s functioning relative to their peers. It can also be used as an adjunct to therapy to assist in guiding the therapist towards appropriate referrals to other professionals if necessary. Assessment services offered include:

        • Forensic work: neuropsychological and clinical psychological evaluations for RAF and medical negligence claims

        • Assessing and identifying potential learning difficulties in children and adults

        • Career guidance

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    • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
      • How long does therapy take?

        With regards to individual psychotherapy, clients often enquire as to the duration of therapy.

        In response to this, a session typically lasts between 50 – 60 minutes and the amount of sessions required will depend on the client’s unique situation, however generally therapy lasts for 6 – 10 sessions.

      • How much do sessions cost?

        In terms of payment, I can claim either directly from your medical aid at their rates or for my clients who prefer to pay privately, my fees can be pre-negotiated.

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    • ABOUT ME

      I am a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice at 577 Lois Avenue, Erasmuskloof in Pretoria East.

      I work from within the Intergrative Interactional Approach using General Systems Theory as a meta-theory. This approach allows for the scientific exploration and understanding of the maintaining variables of a client’s presenting complaint(s) as it relates to the environment in which he or she functions. The focus is placed very much on the uniqueness of the individual’s situation and therefore emphasis is placed on person centeredness to gain a full picture of the client’s world. Understanding people and their difficulties from this perspective removes the notion of guesswork and makes therapy tangible.

      In terms of therapeutic work in addition to my private practice, I have worked successfully with people across the age, race and gender spectrum in Psychiatric institutions, Hospitals and Government Clinics in and around Pretoria. Presenting complaints that I have dealt with have varied over the years but have included: Anxiety, PTSD, phobias, schizophrenia, relationship difficulties, anger difficulties, depression, divorce, bullying and bedwetting to name a few.

      Academically I have published works in the South African Journal of Psychology [42(3), 411-422] and I plan to publish more in the future.

      I am passionate about my field and, if it is your need, I look forward to walking the therapeutic journey with you.

    • SERVICES
      • Individual Psychotherapy

        Individual psychotherapy can briefly be described as one-on-one interactions in a private setting between a client and a qualified psychotherapist towards the resolution of a client’s psychological distress by making use of various psychotherapeutic techniques. The techniques that I employ in my therapeutic approach towards my clients will depend entirely upon the client’s unique situation. Once I have obtained a clear picture of a client’s world, I design a customised intervention specifically for that individual to address his or her psychological difficulty.

        Types of difficulties experienced by people are vast. Some examples include: Anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, grief, anger, phobias and addiction to name a few.

        My Image
      • Couples Psychotherapy
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        Couples psychotherapy is a form of therapy which centres around assisting a couple experiencing distress in their relationship. The systematic approach that I take with this delicate process begins by seeing each member of the couple individually before seeing them as a unit. This is done in order to obtain as full a picture of the relationship from each party’s perspective as possible so as to enhance the therapeutic process during joint sessions.

        Clients typically report marital difficulties, pre-marital therapy and assistance with the dissolution of a relationship as reasons for seeking couples therapy.
      • Child Therapy

        Children are highly sensitive to impacts in their environments but often have not yet developed the skills necessary to communicate their distress effectively to others. They may therefore attempt to communicate their difficulties in various ways, such as bedwetting, nightmares or ‘temper tantrums’ which can leave a parent feeling not only very concerned but also stuck, confused and very often frustrated.

        My approach towards working therapeutically with children makes use of a unique form of therapy developed by Professor Charl Vorster. It combines some of the principles of play therapy and storytelling which culminate in a very powerful therapeutic tool known as Teddy Bear Therapy. This highly developed form of therapy has been designed with great care to enhance communication between the therapist and the child to assist the child to learn how to deal with the demands in his or her environment more effectively. This approach will often require the assistance of “wise old Uncle Owl” or “Mr Rabbit” during sessions as well as mom and dad outside of the therapeutic office.

        Typical concerns of parents requesting child therapy for their children include: Abuse, Bedwetting or soiling, Nightmares, Nail biting, Bullying, Trauma, Grief, Dealing with parents’ divorce and Pre- and post-operative management.

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      • Group Therapy
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        Group therapy can be a powerful medium to assist individuals within a group setting of other people experiencing similar difficulties. Typical requests for group therapy include difficulties regarding addictions, anxiety, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, grief, depression and even expectant couples awaiting the arrival of a new member into the family system. It can also be used as a tool to enhance communication between colleagues to optimise the efficiency of the working environment.

        Groups typically consist of between 6 and 10 members and if requested will either be facilitated by myself individually or in association with a colleague.

      • Assessments / Medico-Legal Evaluations
        My Image

        Psychological assessment is the process of making use of psychological tests which, if not projective, have been standardised to assist in the accumulation of objective observations regarding an individual’s functioning relative to their peers. It can also be used as an adjunct to therapy to assist in guiding the therapist towards appropriate referrals to other professionals if necessary. Assessment services offered include:

        • Forensic work: neuropsychological and clinical psychological evaluations for RAF and medical negligence claims

        • Assessing and identifying potential learning difficulties in children and adults

        • Career guidance

        My Image
      Open all
    • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
      • How long does therapy take?

        With regards to individual psychotherapy, clients often enquire as to the duration of therapy.

        In response to this, a session typically lasts between 50 – 60 minutes and the amount of sessions required will depend on the client’s unique situation, however generally therapy lasts for 6 – 10 sessions.

      • How much do sessions cost?

        In terms of payment, I can claim either directly from your medical aid at their rates or for my clients who prefer to pay privately, my fees can be pre-negotiated.

      Open all