What Is Psychotherapy?
Deciding to see a psychologist is often the first step to healing. However, it is not an easy decision and many people don't know what to expect when they make their first appointment. 

Here's a basic explanation of the process.

The therapy process begins with a thorough assessment. During the first session, I will ask relevant questions about your current problems and your history. In the case of children, the parents will be asked to provide this information. 

Once the assessment is completed, I will provide feedback and  if a diagnosis is made, this will be explained and discussed. It is vitally important that you understand your condition so that you can begin to overcome the challenges you face. I work within a network of other healthcare providers, such as psychiatrists, occupational therapists and general practitioners. If needed, a referral to an appropriate professional will be made.

A treatment plan will be formulated. We will set goals together, based on your specific needs. Best practice guidelines will be followed at all times. I will explain the type of intervention needed, as well as the number of sessions required to achieve your goals.

Individual Therapy
I work from a psycho-dynamic perspective but also offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and brain-working recursive therapy (BWRT) for adolescents and adults.

The choice of therapeutic modality depends on each client's unique needs and challenges. Some of the conditions include:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Work/School-Related Stress
  • Psychosis
  • Bipolar
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Relationship Problems

Family Therapy
This is a specialised form of psychological practice where the family is the primary focus of attention. Often mental health issues are related to family dysfunction. The goal of family therapy is to identify and treat dysfunctional behavioural patterns and to guide the family towards healthier and happier functioning.

Play Therapy
Younger children express themselves through play. Play therapy offers the ability to access the child's inner world and help them navigate their emotions. Play therapy is conducted in a specialised play therapy room which contains specific therapeutic toys and educational tools.
It can assist children with:
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • Enuresis and Encopresis
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Developmental Conditions eg. Autism
  • Trauma and Grief