My areas of specialization include:
- Specialist Birth to Three Counselling
- Pregnancy, Birth, Antenatal and Postnatal Counselling
- Loss, Grief and Bereavement Counselling
- Adolescent / Teenage Counselling
- Anxiety and Depression Counselling
I have been a Professional Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Midwife for over 25 years, studied Honours in Psychology and currently Masters in Infant Mental Health.
I am married and have two teenage boys. So many deeper aspects of my life were revisited during my pregnancies and in those early days when my mind was a fog and hour by hour survival was the order of the day. This passage of conception, pregnancy, birth and being a parent – forever after – was and is still such a primal journey for me. It has highlighted my losses and subsequent mourning, heightened my anxieties at times and left me feeling vulnerable and alone at others. Having children has also filled my life with profound joy and a sense of awe and wonder – like a journey of discovery – each stage a new challenge.
Being alive, death and grieving were elements in my journey not only around parenting but with Hospice in the UK and SA, supporting people in the end stages of their lives – assisting and supporting families in improving quality of life.
Living with ADHD in the family has allowed me tremendous respect for those children and adults with ADHD who may struggle with daily routines and social interaction but who have tremendous creative capacity. Through this I am aware of how each person in a family (infants and children included) impact the functioning of a family as a whole in profound ways.
My own therapy has allowed me the opportunity to find, to see and often, but not always – to understand my life better – greatly improving the richness of my life experiences. Through understanding my own journey, I believe I have greater ability to walk with others in theirs. The journey is lifelong.
Most of the people I see in my Counselling Practice arrive when they are struggling to see a way out of the situation that keeps them from feeling good about themselves and their lives.
People often need a sounding board or some tools for handling a challenging situation.
Or having the opportunity to be in a quiet, private and safe place and being heard to allow clarity.
I know it is not easy to make that first appointment.
Many of my clients say that it is the first step that has always been the most difficult.
My clients express how much relief they experience after that first session.
My rooms are centrally situated in Wynberg and Lakeside.