MJC Psychology
An unexamined life is one not worth living.
— Socrates, in Plato’s Apology

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about me

Credentials

I am a Clinical Psychologist based in Fourways. I completed my Masters in Clinical at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). My special interests are in children, adolescents, Mindfulness/meditation and Art therapy. I have completed several additional courses to supplement my degree in the latter areas. I completed my Art therapy training at Flourish (Chicago based art therapy center), where I gained theoretical and practical knowledge. I also have a Community Arts Counsellor qualification from Lefika Arts Therapy Centre (Johannesburg). I have completed a course on Parent-Infant Psychotherapy (Ububele, Johannesburg) and Child Psychotherapy (Institute for Child Psychotherapy, Johannesburg). In addition, I regularly dedicate my time to participate in  regular Child Development courses through the Institute for Child Psychotherapy, Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre, and Ububele; keeping up to date with new research and trends.

My role is to help individuals understand and explore their inner selves, assist with diagnosis of mental disorders and relieve psychological distress. I desire to help individuals become more adaptive in their lives, form healthy relationships with those around them and to ultimately achieve a sense of self, a sense of identity and of peace.


How I work

I was trained psychodynamically, and generally work within this theoretical framework. This means that I work with the client to gain deeper understanding of their own minds, emotions, and how they relate to others. Often we need an ‘other’ to help us understand the strong forces that drive us, which can be confusing.

I am a strong believer that “I relate, therefore I am” (adaptation from John. S. Mbiti), and thus try not to see the individual in isolation and work to enhance the way one relates to others.

I try to hold in mind a holistic view of life and therapy, so as to work with individual needs, rather than utilizing one particular theoretical perspective as a “fix all” solution.  

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Therapies

 
“It is only through being creative that the individual discovers the self”
— Donald Winnicott

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained psychologist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Psychodynamic psychotherapyis a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.

For more information please see: http://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/psychodynamic


Mindfulness based therapy and meditation

This is a form of psychotherapy which focuses on improving the way we relate to ourselves and the world. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Instead of allowing your life to pass by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. It helps one to develop an “inner observer”, a part of ourselves that can step back and reflect. This helps us to not act out on our emotions or thoughts, which often causes dis-ease and suffering. It also teaches us to be more in touch with ourselves and how we think/feel. However, this is often very difficult to achieve, and mediation can be the opposite of blissful and peaceful. This is why I believe it is a necessary idea to start with a trained professional who can assist you through the difficult and confusing feelings that may arise.

For more information please see: http://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/

 

Expressive Arts Therapies

This is a relatively new form of therapy in South Africa, which combines the use of art materials, sound, or movement to help express what is sometimes too difficult to express in words. It also aids in helping the client access the underlying or unconscious feelings and experiences he/she may not ordinarily be able to access. This is a complex process and is not simply ‘making art’ or playing with paint. Works created, or even merely the process of creating, are used as symbols and vehicles which carry messages to be interpreted by a qualified psychologist. Please know that you do not have to be an artist/have an artistic background. This is not about creating a pretty picture, it is about the process.
Art therapy has strong ties to neurological research and is scientifically proven to increase positive brain activity.
For more on this, please see http://pacfa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/expressiveartsreviewnov20131.pdf

Art therapy works particularly well with children and adolescents, who often have not fully developed the capacity to verbalize and understand their internal worlds. However, it has also been proven to work with adults and the elderly.

For more information please go to http://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/expressive-arts-therapy

 

Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

This is a dyadic method used to work with children (under the age of five) and their mothers. Fathers, you are welcome too! It is premised with the aim of improving the parent-infant relationship and promoting infant attachment and optimal infant development. The aims are not only to meet the immediate presenting problems in the baby or the toddler, but also to help the parent and child feel more positively about themselves and their interaction.
 For more on this, please see: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/110-infant-early-childhood-mental-health

 

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

We offer play therapy for children between the ages of five and twelve. Children communicate in a different manner than adults, as they use non-verbal means to express themselves. For this reason, it is important that when dealing with children we enter their world at their level of communication. We integrate parental counselling with play therapy as we believe that it is vital that parents are supported and given the necessary skills and understanding to develop an improved relationship with their children.

From age twelve, children begin to use play less as a communicative tool. Thus I offer therapy to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Adolescence is a tumultuous time for both the teen and the family, with frequent dilemmas, conflicts and unexplained emotions. Parent sessions may also be included in order to assist the entire family.

For more on therapy with children please see:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/contemporary-psychoanalysis-in-action/201601/child-s-play-how-play-therapy-works

 

Couples and Family  

Couples counselling is a type of psychotherapy where each partner is present for the full session. Both partners will engage with their thoughts and feelings to address challenges and conflicts. Through the process of therapy, couples may find a renewed commitment to their partnership and be reminded of the reasons why they fell in love plus discover new reasons to fall in love. However, some couples may decide that the best decision for their relationship and well-being is to separate or divorce. Therefore, couples therapy is a process of jointly discovering and deciding what is best for oneself as well as for the relationship. 

Please see: http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_addiction_information/couple_therapy/Pages/couple_therapy_whatis.aspx

 

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When to seek help

 

I believe you will innately or intuitively know when you need to seek help. Something will feel amiss, and despite your best efforts it has not ‘come right’. Simply put, when you can no longer function relationally, socially, emotionally, behaviorally, or at work – you may need some help! Therapy is not only for those struggling with serious mental illness. Therapy can be used by every individual on this earth. We all need help to learn about ourselves and to grow; and we all suffer and struggle.

People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.

 

 
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CONTACT

To book an appointment, you can call me on
076  466 1017

Otherwise, leave your name, email and phone number
and I will get in contact with you shortly.

 

Location:
Waterford Road & Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Johannesburg, 2191, South Africa