Parent child psychotherapy is designed for children under the age of 5 and their parents. As parents we often blame ourselves for our children’s problems and while we do make mistakes, there is also a lot that happens in the parent-child relationship that can be missed or misinterpreted by the parent or child. What parents often forget is that the child has a temperament/personality of their own which brings additional factors into the mix. Parent child psychotherapy considers both the parent and the child and considers what happens between the two when resolving differences, feelings or history; all while considering the task of negotiating growing up and day-to-day strains.
Play therapy is a form of therapy used for children aged 6 and up. Children do not have the thinking and language abilities that adults do, so they use play as means to work through their feelings and day-to-day reality. Play therapy can be very useful for kids to lay down a good foundation of how to deal with feelings in later life when things have not gone according to plan early on in life.
Adolescents are in the phase of figuring out how not to be a child and be more like an adult, with their own identity. For this reason adolescent therapy may, depending on the client, use a mix of play and talking-oriented therapies. Some adolescents are much more comfortable using art than words, while others just want to talk – the approach in therapy is therefore quite flexible and depends on the space the adolescent is in.
According to South African law the age of majority is 18. Therefore, from this age a person is allowed full confidentiality. Children from age 12 are allowed to consent to and seek out medical help and are therefore afforded confidentiality; but within the bounds of what is in the best interest of the child. In this practice both parents, or guardians, are required to give signed consent to therapy due to other legal and payment considerations.
My approach is holistic and aimed at helping individuals embrace life to the fullest. I try to use an individual approach to adult therapy where I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques to tailor the therapy according to the client’s needs and values, in working towards ongoing growth.
For adults I offer
integrated therapy that can draw on the following
frameworks among others: growth-oriented long-term therapy, Community Resilience Model
transpersonal therapy, Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy (CBT), Dialectical
Behavioural Therapy (DBT), hypnotherapy, art
therapy, ego state
therapy, couples counselling, family
counselling, support during chronic illness or
recovery from a traumatic illness (such as cancer or
brain injury) and, parent counselling.
The problems I work with within my practice may be any of the following:
- Feeling like you need to work through some things to be a better you
- Postnatal depression
- Bipolar mood disorder
- Relationship/marriage difficulties
- Anger management
- History of abuse
- Struggling with a chronic illness
- Struggling to adjust to life after a major injury
- Parenting difficulties
- Work-life balance
- Stress regulation
- Wanting to learn Mindfulness and Meditation