I am a clinical psychologist in Hermanus in private practice since 2003. I am privileged to share in the life story of each person that I work with. The relationship I have with my patient is of great importance to me, and the therapeutic environment and process are respected as holy ground.
The principal therapeutic approach that I use in my practice is depth psychology with the focus being on Jungian Psychology. This approach is underpinned by the assumption that healing is associated with allowing what has been repressed, rejected, denied or ignored (unconscious processes) to come forward so that the person can understand, explore its significance and integrate it, allowing for a transformation in consciousness.
I completed my doctoral research and degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2015. The study explored and described the nature, role and treatment of unconscious feelings of guilt during bereavement. Seen in this context, I specialized myself in the therapeutic treatment of losses, complicated grief and Bereavement.
During my three-year involvement with an Oncology Centre in Durban, I worked closely with cancer patients and their family members. I then realised that there was a significant need for Psycho-Oncology support in South Africa. Psycho-Oncology became a field of interest for me, and I became a member of the American Psycho-Oncology Society. This is an area which I am passionate about, and it helped me to discover that heroism is not a single act, but a mindset and a way of being. To be a hero requires great moral courage. And each of us has an inner hero waiting to be expressed.
Our family relocated to Hermanus in the Western Cape in December 2016 where I am currently practising from.