As an open-minded and inquisitive person, I believe that people have an astounding capacity for growth and I continually invest in my own development and that of others. My theoretical and practical psychological training and experience have taught me to consider people as the experts in their own lives. Therefore, as a therapist, my role is to help facilitate the journey people choose for themselves. and connect them with their story about it. I am energised by helping people consider, edit, and express their story in a way that enables the life they envision for themselves.
Through the use of various best-practice therapeutic tools, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I help my clients focus on exploring current and preferred ways of thinking, as well as their behavioural patterns. I consider my approach integrative, and tend to adapt to my client’s needs and their presenting problem, to some extent. Although I tend to work in a fairly goal-orientated way, I prefer not to limit the kinds of people I want to work with. Whether someone is trying to break ceilings in their sport, or trying to cope with physical challenges and be functional, my approach and the scientifically proven tools I use can help facilitate their journey and help them unlock their potential, so that they can achieve the goals that matter to them, relative to their context.
I spent my childhood in relatively high-performance settings, whilst also overcoming several physical challenges, so focused on performance enhancement from a young age. Instead of just coping with setbacks, I found ways to grow, and regard this as one of my greatest strengths. After studying a BA in Psychology and Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, my formal career began in a leadership development context. I was then fortunate enough to study the psychology of sport and performance during Honours (Rhodes University) and Masters (in Counselling Psychology at the University of Pretoria), which further ignited my interest in helping people flourish. When career counselling also became a highlight of my Counselling Psychology internship, I knew that I needed to help people find meaning, growth, and fulfilment in their lives. I consider watching people empower themselves and improve their lives in various, meaningful ways to be a great privilege.
In addition to my psychological training, I have worked in various assessments centres and business contexts, developing a range of skills in people and organisational development (OD) consulting, which have provided useful insights related to career counselling. During my time spent in OD, I was involved in leadership development, role profiling, competency frameworks and interviewing, in addition to various other projects. My roles have entailed project and people management, group facilitation, career development, assessments, lecturing, and recruitment. I have been exposed to various organisational environments, from top corporates to NGOs. In different capacities, I have also studied and worked in numerous high-performance settings, including business leadership, several sporting disciplines, and professional ballet. Having studied journalism as my other major, I am also interested in issues of politics and current affairs, including the empowerment of marginalised groups. Because of this interest, and through this exposure to developing people and organisations, I hope to one day contribute to South Africa’s socioeconomic development and prosperity, in some way.