Often in life people realise that they have become stuck, are feeling unhappy, or may even experience a deep sense of despair and not know why. Perhaps you feel this way or have noticed the same patterns and themes in your life such as the type of relationships you enter into or the same fears that keep surfacing?
Psychotherapy enables you to explore the reasons behind these experiences in the context of a healthy and safe therapeutic relationship with an objective therapist. The therapist generally acts as a mirror to reflect back what needs to be observed by the client, or the therapist takes on board the information and returns in a way that makes more sense and can be more easily taken in by the client.
Therapy also offers the opportunity to experience corrective emotional experiences in a safe and emphatic relationship – this can greatly assist in changing the way clients relate to and experience others and their relationships.
I provide psychotherapy ranging from exploring deep unconscious dynamics, such as the childhood roots of a difficulty, to providing practical tools for coping with everyday problems and difficulties, as well as how to choose to think about and perceive life. Through all of this I aim to encourage clients to become more conscious, authentic, and thus empowered.
I also specialise in acute or long-term complex trauma.
Every one of us is born with an innate wisdom to know exactly what our body needs to function optimally. Think about how the blood begins to clot and form a scab when you cut yourself, or how your body begins to produce antibodies as soon as a virus is detected. In order for this to occur all our body systems and individual cells are in constant communication with each other.
Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life these lines of communication can become compromised or blocked, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. Often a chronic imbalance is not rectified because the body is so run down it no longer even recognises it as a priority for balancing.
BodyTalk enhances the body's innate ability to balance and heal itself on all levels. Through a process of neuromuscular feedback the BodyTalk practitioner consults the innate wisdom of the client to determine what communication links are indicated as priorities for balancing. This balancing is implemented via a tapping technique, focussing on various energy points in the body.
I work with individuals in person or via distance healing sessions and also offer distance sessions for groups with a focus on a particular agenda such as fertility issues or commitment fears. In addition, I often work on animals using distance sessions.
Please note that BodyTalk is not a form of psychotherapy but a separate modality.
Hypnotherapy can help you to explore unconscious conflicts, fears and experiences more deeply by bypassing the conscious defenses that can limit ‘talking therapy’.
A state of hypnosis is a natural state, similar to that of day-dreaming or meditating, during which brain wave activity slows down. This brain wave state, known as alpha and occasionally theta, is a powerful one for mind training, suggestions, deep relaxation and access to subconscious beliefs and experiences. I use hypnotherapy most regularly for inner child work and working with other ego parts/states.
All hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy cannot be done without the full co-operation of the client. You will not lose control but in fact allow this process to the extent that you allow a state of relaxation.
'BWRT®' stands for 'BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®', a modern model of psychology and psychotherapy created by UK professional therapist, Terence Watts, MCGI. It uses a totally logical, practical and down-to-earth working method in which it’s not necessary for you to talk about anything you would rather not discuss – the practitioner only needs to know how you feel and how you would prefer to feel instead. BWRT® is unlike any other therapy you might have heard of or read about, using the latest discoveries in neuroscience coupled with your own unique brain processes to help you get better. Only Certified Practitioners have been trained to deliver BWRT® and all have to adhere to a strict ethical code.
BWRT can be done via phone or Skype.
Whenever we have a novel experience in life we tend to lay a neural pathway in the brain, like a movie, that is then filed away for future reference. New experiences are always referenced against those already filed in the brain in order to make sense of the experience and to guide emotional response and behaviour. If there is a fit then the original neural pathway is fired and the ‘movie’ is played, often resulting in unwanted and troubling emotional responses and behaviours. Due to this being a deeply unconscious process it is very difficult to change from a conscious perspective.
BWRT creates a new, adaptive neural pathway (changing the ending of the movie) so that when the neural pathway is fired and the movie is played a more desirable emotional response is experienced.
This is a powerful therapy and clients who were extremely affected by memories, fears and phobias, as well as addictions, prior to the treatment report afterwards that they are unable to ‘fire up’ those old feelings or urges any more. Instead they only experience the new and more desirable responses.
BWRT can be effective in the treatment of trauma/PTSD, phobias, grief, anxiety, depression, and addictions (including addiction to alcohol and cigarettes, sexual addictions and fetishes and eating disorders).
I work with individuals and couples. I offer psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for adolescents and adults and offer BodyTalk to clients of all ages, including babies (BodyTalk works really well for pre-verbal children).
How do I work?
During the first session I will assess your concerns and take a history in order to fully understand you and your concerns. I will then make suggestions about what form the therapy could take.
This first session presents an opportunity for you to determine if you feel comfortable with me and what I offer.
What is the duration and frequency of sessions?
Sessions are approximately 55 minutes in duration and tend to be weekly, while I will occasionally see clients every fortnight if there are financial difficulties or if the presenting concern is not too serious. However, in general, therapy is most beneficial if sessions are attended weekly.
How many sessions will be sufficient?
Research has shown therapy is most beneficial from 10 sessions upwards. However, this does depend on the concern that the client presents with and I have also found that the inclusion of hypnosis and BodyTalk does tend to result in shifts occurring more rapidly. Consequently, clients tend to experience benefits from 2 to 20 sessions.
What are my fees?
Medical aids are accepted - medical aid rates apply.