Ian HartleyCounselling Psychologist
Each individual possesses a unique belief system that they use to navigate their way through life. When we experience challenges our belief systems and thought patterns play a significant role in how we manage and react to these difficulties. There are times when our conditioned approaches and ways of dealing with difficulties prove ineffective which may cause us to feel stuck or perhaps with the perceived inability to take control over certain aspects of our lives. I believe it is during these times people have the capacity to call on resilience factors, coping mechanisms and strategies they weren’t aware of or had been unable to access previously. Insight and perception are incredible human qualities that allow us to learn to manage and still thrive in the presence of life’s challenges. Exploring alternative possibilities and ways of thinking through increasing self-awareness and developing a set of tools and strategies that we readily have access to in times of struggle empowers us and embeds coping mechanisms and strategies that can be applied to difficulties that we may face in future.
I predominately work from a cognitive-behavioural standpoint, but I am of the belief that a therapeutic approach or way of working needs to be adapted and catered to the needs of the individual. I have experience working with children, adolescents and couples. I have also been responsible for conducting individual and group therapy which was geared towards the treatment of substance addiction. I have experience using a variety of psychometric measures in the assessment of emotional functioning, cognitive ability, interest, aptitude and personality. I also have worked with individuals and teams within the sports and performance fraternity, conducted career and neuropsychological assessments as well as had involvement in psycho-legal work. My education and work experience have given me opportunities to work with a diverse array of people and in multidisciplinary teams. I have worked with groups of people through the facilitation of experiential learning and conflict resolution programmes as well as conducted detailed case presentations for professionals in the mental health field as part of my training and development.
I completed my honours degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and my masters at the University of Pretoria. My internship was done through St. Alban’s College in and Itsoseng Clinic in Pretoria. This exposed me to diverse settings where I gained experience working with a broad spectrum of difficulties across different contexts. I regularly engage in training and look to attend relevant courses to ensure the continuity of my professional development.