Registration

I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa: PS0116831

and the Board of Healthcare Funders of South Africa: 086 0010 482285

Background

I completed all of my studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg Campus). In 2008 I completed my BSocSc degree, majoring in Psychology and Marketing. I then went on the do my BSocSc Honours degree in Psychology in 2009. During this year I studied the sexual risk behaviours of students at the University of KwaZulu Natal. In 2010 I did my MSocSc degree in Clinical Psychology. For my master’s dissertation I chose to research the psychological transition that women experience when they become mothers. I specifically analysed this transition from an Object Relations Theory (Psychoanalytic) perspective. This was interesting because a lot of early psychological, particularly psychoanalytic, literature tends to take a ‘mother-blaming’ stance. The research I conducted reinforced my appreciation for the dual relationship in parenting- it is just as much a learning experience for the parent as it is for the child.

After completing my master’s degree I entered a year-long internship programme at the Fort Napier Hospital and Town Hill Hospital complex.  I gained a wealth of experience in a number of complex contexts during this year. I worked in a child and adolescent unit for three months conducting intellectual and emotional assessments, psychiatric screenings, and various psychological interventions. The majority of the children I worked with there were children living in children’s homes, mostly with histories of physical or sexual abuse, and abandonment. I then worked at an adult outpatient department, where I predominantly provided individual psychotherapy for adults with depression, psychotic disorders, and life crises. I then spend another three months working at various community clinics in Pietermaritzburg. During this placement I served as the frontline intervention for people in crisis or who had recently experienced a trauma. Most often these people could not afford to attend more than a single session, which developed my skills in short-term intervention. During the last three months of my internship year I worked in an intensive psychosocial rehabilitation unit. There I worked with severely depressed and anxious patients providing intensive individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and life skills groups over extended inpatient periods. Over the course of the year I also attended Air Mercy Service clinics around KwaZulu Natal- including Manguzi and Ixopo.

After my internship year I entered into Community Service at Northdale Hospital in 2012. As a district hospital Northdale Hospital was always busy. In a developing department, the Psychology Department composed of only my colleague and me. Consequently my time efficiency, short-term intervention, and strategic skills were refined.

In 2013 I opened my private practice, initially seeing individuals of all ages, ranging from young children to the eldrerly. Due to time and practical constraints I have had to limit my practice to adolescents and adults. 

I have also worked in a Dual Diagnosis unit, offering group therapy for patients with substance abuse problems.

Currently I lecture Psychology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, although my primary focus is my full-time private practice.

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I chose this profession based on my passion for psychology and my sincere interest in helping those in my community. 

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Fees

Cash Appointments

R900

A reduced cash rate of R900 per session is available.

All privately covered sessions must be paid before or at the appointment.

Medical Aid Appointments

Medical Aid Rates

The practice is contracted to most medical aids.

Appointments that are claimed directly to the medical aid will be charged at the medical aid rate.

FAQs

How long is a session?

55 minutes

How is billing structured?

Appointments are charged according to the duration. An appointment is booked for 55 minutes. On occasions where appointments extend beyond the booked duration the fee will be adjusted accordingly. 

Will I be charged if I miss or cancel an appointment?

Appointments that are cancelled or moved within 24 hours of the booking will be charged the late cancellation fee of R500. This fee is implemented to discourage last-minute changes.