Work Philosophy

 

As an experienced Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and guided by its Code of Ethics, I am committed to assisting people with their various life challenges, developmental issues and adjustment processes. Broadly speaking, my work aims at optimising clients’ emotional health and psychological well-being and helping them to access the strength and joy in their lives.

Despite the clarity of this vision, people’s experiences, challenges and needs change over time, much as the world, in general, continually shifts and evolves. As well, my work philosophy, ideas and style of therapy have transformed over the years and indeed, continue to do so. Despite these changes, I remain convinced that relationships lie at the core of our human experience, that our brains are wired for connection and that relational spaces and contexts that can provide us with love, safety and caring are nothing less than crucial. 

I know, from long experience, that warm, trusted and responsive relationships hold potential to nourish, nurture, strengthen and heal and that the eternal echoes of even the smallest acts of kindness can reverberate in astonishing and important ways. I have witnessed, first hand, how a slowed pace, unrushed time, quiet compassion, deep listening and rich presence allow us all to feel supported and to be healed throughout every phase of our lives – and perhaps especially so within an ever-changing world that is becoming progressively faster, busier and more digitally- and technologically-oriented.

Each model of psychotherapy has a particular vision or understanding of what makes up the inner worlds of human beings.  According to their particular understanding of the mind,  therapists work in specific ways, asking their clients certain questions in certain ways that aim at energising aspects of their lives towards healing and growth. Over the years, my work has been – and continues to be – guided and influenced by several theoretical models of psychology.  Narrative Therapy, Eriksonian Therapy, Ego State Therapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology have been some of the greatest inspirations and influences, to date.

Indeed, my work been influenced and nourished by the collective wisdom of people such as Michael White, Milton Erickson, Bonnie Badenoch, Dan Siegel, Jaak Panksepp, and Norman Doidge. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory also plays an important role in the way I understand human behaviour and in the way I work. In essence, my thinking has been impacted by the findings of contemporary research and newly revealed knowledge within the fields of neuroscience, brain functioning, learning, memory, emotions, life stage development, attachment and relationships.

In addition, creativity in all its enchanting forms continues to provide plenty of fascination and joy for me, both professionally and personally, and I infuse it into my work wherever and whenever there’s a chance that it could be helpful to my clients.