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Claire Strohbach
Misha-Joy Clark
Nicci Thackwell
Jetara Ross
Kerry Acheson
Michelle Smit
Nirveda Moodley
Rina van der Watt
Claire Strohbach

Claire Strohbach M.A.

MA Clin. Psych. Unisa.

SA area:Glencairn Heights, Cape Town
Work online: Yes
Specialisations:

Relationship/couples counselling, self esteem/personal growth through life transitions/working towards wellbeing, managing anxiety and depression/trauma and bereavement counselling.


Therapeutic approach:

My overall focus is on providing an empathetic space within which to provide guidance and support in dealing with life challenges; assistance in renewing the way one looks at life, working on creating mental disciplines and behavioural changes which enhance self esteem and relationship connections.My background training was in ecosystemic thinking, family and narrative therapy. It is of course however life that is our greatest teacher.


Over many years now through both professional experience, exposure to other approaches and personal experience I continue to integrate all that I learn and essentially continue to evolve an eclectic style of psychotherapy where my clients needs are paramount. More recently I am influenced by the CBT approach and the field of Positive Psychology which focuses on building up strengths and resources.

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Misha-Joy Clark

Misha-Joy Clark M.A.

I am formally trained as Clinical Psychologist, and am currently based in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).


My special interests are in children, adolescents, Mindfulness/Meditation and Art therapy. I have completed several additional courses to supplement my degree in the latter areas. I completed my Art therapy training at Flourish (Chicago based art therapy center), where I gained theoretical and practical knowledge. I also have a Community Arts Counsellor qualification from Lefika Arts Therapy Centre (Johannesburg).


I am a qualified Vinyasa Yoga teacher, registered with The International Yoga Alliance.

I have a piece of paper saying that I am a Mindfulness Practitioner, but I also practice meditation in my own life.

Finally, I have given myself permission to call myself an aspiring Artist.


SA area: Plettenberg Bay

Available online: Yes


About Me:

Hello there you beautiful human! I am Misha-Joy. I am a fellow human on this journey we call ‘life’. I have my own sufferings, too. Yes, even therapists struggle. But on my path I have found some things that have helped me, and maybe they can help you too.

I believe we are made to connect. We relate, therefore we are. We seek this out from the start, and somewhere it gets complicated and hard. Somewhere we disconnect. From our true selves, our bodies, from others, from nature, from our environments. One of the keys to cope with the suffering this path brings is to re-connect.

Unfortunately (or fortunately!), the lotus only grows in the mud. Let me be there with you in the mud, until you see the lotus open again.  


How I work:

I was trained psychodynamically, and generally work within this theoretical framework. This means that I work with the client to gain deeper understanding of their own minds, emotions, and how they relate to others. Often we need an ‘other’ to help us understand the strong forces that drive us, which canbe confusing. This being said, I find a holistic and multi-faceted approach to wellness is the way to go. We cannot isolate one aspect of ourselves from another, for this means to disconnect. To disconnect means to suffer. Hence I work from a holistic framework, incorporating my formal training and clinical experience with my own personal studies and practices (not to say that these haven’t been backed by much research and ancient knowledge!). I work with spirit, mind, emotions and body.

My role is to help individuals understand and explore their inner selves, assist with diagnosis of mental disorders and relieve psychological distress. I desire to help individuals become more adaptive in their lives, form healthy relationships with those around them and to ultimately achieve a sense of self, a sense of identity and of peace.


Therapies I use and related interests:

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained psychologist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Psychodynamic psychotherapy  is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.


Mindfulness based therapy and meditation

This is a form of psychotherapy which focuses on improving the way we relate to ourselves and the world. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Instead of allowing your life to pass by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. It helps one to develop an “inner observer”, a part of ourselves that can step back and reflect. This helps us to not act out on our emotions or thoughts, which often causes dis-ease and suffering. It also teaches us to be more in touch with ourselves and how we think/feel. However, this is often very difficult to achieve, and mediation can be the opposite of blissful and peaceful. This is why I believe it is a good idea to start with a trained professional who can assist you through the difficult and confusing feelings that may arise.


Expressive Arts Therapies


It is only through being creative that the individual discovers the self”– Donald Winnicott


This is a relatively new form of therapy in South Africa, which combines the use of art materials, sound, or movement to help express what is sometimes too difficult to express in words. It also aids in helping the client access the underlying or unconscious feelings and experiences he/she may not ordinarily be able to access. This is a complex process and is not simply ‘making art’ or playing with paint. Works created, or even merely the process of creating, are used as symbols and vehicles which carry messages to be interpreted by a qualified psychologist. Please know that you do not have to be an artist/have an artistic background. This is not about creating a pretty picture, it is about the process. Art therapy has strong ties to neurological research and is scientifically proven to increase positive brain activity.


Art therapy works particularly well with children and adolescents, who often have not fully developed the capacity to verbalize and understand their internal worlds. However, it has also been proven to work with adults and the elderly.


Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

This is a dyadic method used to work with children (under the age of five) and their mothers. Fathers, you are welcome too! It is premised with the aim of improving the parent-infantrelationship and promoting infant attachment and optimal infantdevelopment. The aims are not only to meet the immediate presenting problems in the baby or toddler, but also to help the parent and child feel more positively about themselves and their relationship. 

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

I offer play therapy for children between the ages of five and twelve. Children communicate in a different manner than adults, as they use non-verbal means to express themselves. For this reason, it is important that when dealing with children we enter their world at their level of communication. I integrate parental counselling with play therapy as we believe that it is vital that parents are supported and given the necessary skills and understanding to develop an improved relationship with their children.


From age twelve, children begin to use play less as a communicative tool. Thus I offer therapy to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Adolescence is a tumultuous time for both the teen and the family, with frequent dilemmas, conflicts and unexplained emotions. Parent sessions may also be included in order to assist the entire family.


Yoga and movement

I completed my 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with East-and-West Yoga in Ubud, Bali, 2018. Yoga means ‘’unity’’, which again brings us back to connection. Yoga helps us connect to our bodies, minds, souls, and to our community. It brings us back to ourselves. No, it is not all graceful poses and deep breathing. It is a daily journey of ups and downs, and some days I have found myself simply sitting and weeping, while other days I have felt so light and flexible I thought I should take up dancing. It’s all a part of it. 


When to seek help:

I believe you will innately or intuitively know when you need to seek help. Something will feel amiss, and despite your best efforts it has not ‘come right’. Simply put, when you can no longer function relationally, socially, emotionally, behaviorally, or at work – you may need some help! Therapy is not only for those struggling with serious mental illness. Therapy can be used by every individual on this earth. We all need help to learn about ourselves and to grow; and we all suffer and struggle.


People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.


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Nicci Thackwell

Nicci Thackwell M.A.

I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch University.


I am registered with various professional bodies including the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA: Nº PS0130800), with Adeli in France (Nº 759370455), and the Health and Care Professions Council of the United Kingdom (HCPC: Nº PYL36078).


I am a clinical psychologist and integrative psychotherapist. Therapy can help you deal with difficult events and overcome challenges in your life. While we all feel low, anxious and stressed at times, the ways in which we perceive and manage difficulties can be explored and modified to bring about better coping and improved wellbeing. I aim to work collaboratively to improve functioning, while moving towards deeper perspectives on life, and improved awareness of the self and one's relationships.


I am an integrative therapist, this means that while I work predominantly with attachment and intersubjective psychodynamic theory, I frequently use elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy, Mindfulness-based practice and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

 

I am guided by the clinical evidence for treatment approaches that have been shown to be effective for specific problems, and I tailor my treatment plans in collaboration with my clients in order to meet their immediate needs, and longer-term goals.

If you are thinking of starting therapy you can send me an email with your details to [email protected].


SA area: Cape Town

Available online: Yes

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Nirveda Moodley

Nirveda Moodley M.A.

BSc, Honours (Psychology), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion

Higher Education Diploma (HED)

MA Clinical Psychology


Available on Skype: Yes

SA area: Gauteng


Main focus areas

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy

Neurological Assessments

Personality Assessments

Intelligence Testing

Vocational Assessments


Specialisations

  • Adjustment problems and stress related difficulties

  • Health psychology

  • Weight management e.g. insulin resistance and weight loss

  • Disruptive behaviour

  • Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • PTSD


I am a registered clinical psychologist and life coach in private practice. My services provide a cost-effective quality psychotherapeutic intervention for children, adolescents and adults.


My aim is to enable individuals to overcome psychological challenges and grow into healthy individuals with a strong and integrated sense of identity. My training has provided me with a platform to transform the human psyche, into fully functioning and life embracing beings. My goal is one of developing the self and other. Furthermore, extensive training and life experiences have benefited me with qualities of compassion, patience, tolerance and empathy for other individuals. I believe that there is a strong healing potential in psychotherapy. My focus is on working with systems that an individual is embedded in and relationships.


I work collaboratively with my clients by creating a context for change. The therapeutic context is based upon conditions of unconditional positive regard and empathy. I attempt to facilitate healing through a process of genuine dialogue with my clients. I work within a systems model but use techniques from various schools of thought.



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Rina van der Watt

Rina van der Watt M.Soc.Sci.

MA. (Couns. Psych) Unisa


I work with people of all ages, individually, in couples and also in families. My fields of expertise are trauma, anxiety and depression. I also often work with young children and adolescents, assisting parents in dealing with behavioural and learning difficulties.


No matter what our age or position, life stays a challenge with questions to which we have to find our own answers. And sometimes we cannot do this on our own: We need a loving but professional context within which to explore our own hopes, despair and problematic relationships and so discover new connections and answers. And this is the space I endeavour to create in partnership with my clients.


I am accustomed to working with clients both coming to my rooms and also consulting online when they need or want to in between. I found online therapy to be highly beneficial; clients being quite confident and relaxed when sharing from within their own home environment or personal space.


SA area: Springs

Works online: Yes

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Jetara Ross

 Jetara Ross M.Soc.Sci.

MSocSc: Social Policy & Management (Cum Laude) (University of Cape Town); BSocSc (Hons): Social Policy & Management (Cum Laude) (University of Cape Town); BSW: Social Work (Cum Laude) (University of Cape Town)

I am a Social Worker who has worked significantly with youth, young adults and families experiencing various mental health, emotional and life-adjustment issues. 

I offer mainly supportive, individual counselling services in a neutral, non-judgmental, and safe therapeutic space to help clients find clarity and direction in order to face life's challenges and difficulties as they navigate the huge shift between childhood and adulthood. Some of these issues include parents who are separating, academic pressures, struggles with anxiety and depression, sexuality and relationship difficulties.
Where possible, I like to introduce animal assisted interventions into the therapeutic process.

I also offer mediation services to parents and assist with drawing up and registering parenting plans.

I offer online counselling and consultations.

My rooms are located in Bellville, Cape Town
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Kerry Acheson

Kerry Acheson M.A.

PGCE, M.A. (Couns. Psych.) (Rhodes)
HPCSA Reg No: PS0106321

I am a registered counselling psychologist and life coach practicing in the West Coast and Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. 

People consult me for a broad variety of concerns, and I enjoy the variety of working with children, teens and adults. It is a privilege and blessing to be able to connect deeply with others on their journey towards change. I am passionate about creating a supportive and empowering space for people, a space in which healing, learning and growth can take place. I see myself as a co-traveller, walking with people on their road towards increased connection, purpose, well-being, and joy. I understand that the road is often fraught with challenges and that it takes courage to step out onto this journey with a stranger, and so I am committed to conducting my practice with integrity, compassion and respect.

I am contracted with most medical aids. Online sessions are available upon request, where appropriate. 

For more information about how I work, visit www.consultingkerry.co.za

To enquire, contact me at [email protected]... I look forward to hearing from you.
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Michelle Smit

Michelle Smit M.A.

About me:
I am fluent in both English and Afrikaans. I obtained my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with the Pearson Institute and am currently completing my Doctorate degree in Psychology with UNISA.  

About my practice:

I offer online sessions, and these sessions can be after-hours as well as on weekends.  I am based in Noordhoek, Cape Town.

Media:

I recently wrote an article and was published in The South African Psychiatry magazine, which can be seen here: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/63397104/south-african-psychiatry-may-2020

I have a website: www.michellesmit.com

Therapeutic approach

My passion is within the field of addiction care. I have worked within multidisciplinary teams at in-patient facilities caring for patients that have both substance and process addiction. These addictions range from; alcohol, prescription tablets, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines to shopping, gaming, and gambling to name a few. In addition, many of the patients I have treated over the years have a dual diagnosis. Often, addiction is comorbid with a psychiatric diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders or mood disorders. 

Addiction itself is complex and each patient is unique in their experiences. As such, my approach is holistic in that I consider various components such as developmental history, environmental contexts, and medical histories.

Services:
Individual therapy
Couples therapy
Psychoeducation

Available for online therapy: Yes
Area in South Africa: Noordhoek, Cape Town
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