Offerings

If you’re anything like me, you want to know who you’re going to entrust with your personal problems. You may have concerns about therapy, or wonder if I can help you with your particular issue, or if you can relate to me.

Contact me and set up a free 15-minute session which we can do over the phone or via Skype

I look forward to hearing from you!

Anxiety can take many forms such as chronic worrying, fear of public speaking and general extreme shyness in public, performance anxiety, excessive concern about one’s physical appearance or health. We are all susceptible to stress and anxiety, but when we start experiencing physical and psychological symptoms such as heart palpitations, digestive disturbances, panic attacks, shortness of breath, feelings of dread, irritability, trouble concentrating, restlessness etc, then it is time to seek help. I use a combination of interventions designed to best suit your situation including cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation techniques, Eye Movement Integration, and Emotional Freedom Technique.

We are all “in relationship”! Relationship issues affect all of us at some time or other: married couples, parent-child(ren), siblings, intimate couples, employee-employer, and so on. Often individuals or couples will describe how their relationships have become disconnected due to attitudes of blame, loneliness, resentment and fear. A process of cognitive behavioural techniques and communication strategies are tailored to meet the needs of the individual or couple rediscover meaning and purpose in their relationships.

Everyone experiences stress but not everyone experiences it in the same way. Dealing with general life stressors such as work, finance and relationship problems can become overwhelming at times. The results of excessive stress can be ‘burnout,’ poor sleeping habits, irritability, decline in quality of close relationships, and ultimately dangerous health risks including heart-failure. Typically a person may resort to drinking, smoking, looking at porn on the net or taking recreation drugs with the hope that these distractions will help you cope. Counselling helps the individual understand stress and its health affects as well as learn effective coping mechanisms.

If you have recently experienced or witnessed a BURGLARY, RAPE, PHYSICAL ASSAULT, HIJACKING, ACCIDENT or any traumatic event, it is important to seek psychological assistance.Traumatic experiences shake the foundations of our beliefs about safety, and shatter our assumptions of trust. Each person handles a traumatic experience differently: some may respond immediately, others much later with symptoms such as severe anxiety, depression or numbness. Symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and hyper-arousal that still exist several weeks after a traumatic event may indicate a person is suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and it is important that treatment is sought.

Research shows that help should be obtained within 24-72 hours after the traumatic event in order to successfully process the negative feelings. When traumatic experiences are not dealt with effectively they can sometimes manifest in unhealthy ways later for example in the form of irrational feelings of anger or depression. Counselling is very effective and depending on the severity of the trauma fairly quickly resolved.

There are times in our lives when we become aware that we’re not living our best lives. We know we are holding ourselves back from living an abundant, happy and fulfilled life but don’t know what to do about this. Typically one may feel ‘I don’t have the time’, or “my family’s needs are more important than mine” and at the same time feel a sense of regret, sadness or even resentment as life goes by. What tends to hold us back from achieving a sense of fulfilment are our limiting belief systems. Deeply held negative belief systems are subconsciously driving us in the choices or decisions we make on a moment-by-moment basis. Getting to the root of these helps remove the blockages and empowers us to live our best lives.

What is Skype Counselling?

Skype Counselling allows for greater flexibility in scheduling sessions and are particularly beneficial for individuals who:

• Don’t have access to a therapist nearby
• Don’t have time to travel to and from a therapist’s office
• Travel extensively for work
• Are looking for a less expensive alternative to conventional forms of therapy

How to set up a Skype Counselling session

Millions of people around the world connect with each other via Skype. Ensure you have Skype properly configured on your device (www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype).  To set up a counselling session via Skype, merely complete the contact form requesting this option and I will get back to you with time and payment details.  You will be required to read and sign a Client Contract Form which I will email to you. These sessions are not claimable from your medical aid.

Not all psychological concerns are suited to this form of counselling. For example: If you suffer from a serious mental health disorder such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder (manic-depression), PTSD, personality disorder, or dissociation. These disorders require local face to face assessment and treatment. This site does not provide assessment, diagnosis or treatment of psychiatric conditions.

Some ethical considerations about Skype Counselling

■Online counselling is not intensive psychotherapy and is not intended to substitute for mental health therapy.
■This site is not able to respond to crises such as child protection, trauma, domestic violence or sexual assault [LifeLine: 086 132 2322; SA Depression & Anxiety Group, Suicide Line: 0800 567 5667; www.sadag.co.za)
■This site is unable to respond to your needs if you feel suicidal or homicidal [LifeLine: 086 132 2322 or Suicide Line: 0800 567567]
■In situations where trauma has occurred, a full psychological assessment or intensive therapy is needed. At times of a mental health crisis, you need face to face crisis intervention with a local mental health professional. If you feel distressed to the point of harming yourself or others, you need to tell someone right away. Contact your local crisis line, family doctor or hospital emergency department immediately [LifeLine: 086 132 2322; SA Depression & Anxiety Group, Suicide Line: 0800 567 567; www.sadag.co.za].