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