Play Therapy for Children
Bringing a child to therapy is a big decision for most parents. Some parents worry that seeking therapy for their child means that they are not an adequate parent and can’t handle problems on their own. We easily go to a doctor for a physical problem; likewise, it is wise to seek the support of a trained therapist if there is a problem socially or emotionally. Our bodies, thoughts, and feelings are all interconnected. The fact that parents are seeking support for their child should be seen as a strength, not a weakness! I provide therapeutic support for children aged 3 to 16 years. Play therapy can be the most beneficial form of therapy for young children. However, as children become older or enter the teenage years, therapeutic interventions need to be adjusted to meet the child's developmental stage. Each child is unique and together we will work on the most suitable form of therapeutic support for your child.
Individual Therapy Services
People seek therapy for many different reasons and it's important to find a professional who you are comfortable with. It's never too late to seek therapeutic support and my practice welcomes adults of all ages, providing short and long-term individual therapy.
I work from an integrative psychodynamic approach, which means that in addition to alleviating symptoms, the focus is on understanding the meaning behinde the symptoms in the context of a client's history and current circumstances. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, grief counselling, adjustment to life changes and stress, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, chronic medical conditions, and personal growth and development. I aim to develop a therapeutic relationship that feels safe, empathic, and collaborative, and through which emotional exploration and change can take place.
Private Social Work Services for Legal Matters
One of the unique aspects of being a Social Worker in private practice is that I am experienced in working within the child and family welfare system. I regularly provide child welfare consultations to professionals and families, particularly where there are disputes within divorce proceedings or where professional recommendations are required in respect of a child's care and contact arrangements. As an independent service provider for the Department of Justice, providing high quality and ethical private social work interventions is an integral part of my work.
I understand that facing legal proceedings is a daunting and stressful process, especially where there are disputes regarding the welfare of a child. Many parents have found that having an initial face to face welfare consultation can be helpful in understanding the welfare system and what to expect should they decide to enter legal proceedings in respect of their child.
My practice has a dedicated and experienced team of social auxiliary workers who can assist in providing private supervised contact services for children and families. The welfare of the child is of paramount importance and remains at the forefront of all that I do. I act as an independent expert, which means that regardless of which party is instructing me to undertake a legal assessment in respect of a minor, my assessment process and recommendations are independent and bound by the ethics of the judicial system and the South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP).