Professional Summary

Background 

I have worked for over twenty years as a clinical psychologist, treating adults, adolescents, children, and infants, in short and long term psychotherapy. I see individuals, couples, and families in my private practice, parents and young children. I have supervised University of the Witwatersrand students in the Clinical Psychology Masters programme and have seen a number of interns and practicing clinical psychologists for supervision.

I engage with issues that are troubling clients, both psychically and physically. My approach is generally psychodynamic and is determined by the nature of the client’s problem, its onset and progression. I encourage clients to develop and internalize a range of skills to help them understand and manage their complaints. I treat people with a wide range of problems: depression and anxiety; bipolar, personality, and obsessive-compulsive disorders; gender identity issues; bereavement; relationship difficulties; sexual problems; addictions; and difficulty coping with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, HIV, and cancer. I work with parents and caregivers to adapt to pre- and post-natal life-changes, as well as the adoption process.

I have been a consultant to a number of social service organizations and NGOs, where I offered clinical supervision and counselling skills training to managerial staff, social workers, psychologists, teachers and lay caregivers.

I have experience with Employee Assistance programmes, identifying problems, offering short-term focused counseling, and making appropriate referrals.

I have experience working as a member of multi-disciplinary teams with psychiatrists, music, drama, art, and movement therapists, and with sangomas.

I have counselled people living with HIV (infected and affected), as well as contributed to the development of skills and services for doctors, social workers, and lay counsellors working in this field. I co-authored and am currently co-authoring and editing the third edition of Elements of Counselling: A handbook for counsellors in South Africa. I also consult to the Catholic Interdiocesan Tribunal, assessing psychological aspects of the need to annul Catholic marriages.

As a member of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC) Ethics Advisory Committee, I helped to develop, write, and edit its first Code of Conduct.

I hold full registration with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa as a Clinical Psychologist. I am part of a number of psychoanalytically oriented clinical and theory groups and am compliant with the Council’s requirements for Continuing Professional Development.

Before embarking on my career as a psychologist, I worked for several years as a reporter and sub-editor on South African daily and weekly newspapers. I also worked as an editor for a number of publishing companies and continue to freelance as an editor and writer. I served two terms as a commissioner for the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, a statutory body that responds to complaints from the public.

I am an Iyengar accredited Yoga teacher.

Counseling Experience – Psychology

  • School of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand 2012-2014
  • Community Aids Response (Care) 2004 – 2008
  • Arcadia Children’s Home 2004-2007
  • Vuka Design Youth Empowerment Program 2004- 2007
  • Jewish Board of Education School Counseling Services 2003-2006
  • Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation 2003 -2008 (Board member and Chair of the Board 2010-2012)
  • Commissioner: Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) 1997-2002
  • Goodstart Project (Early childhood intervention program – founder member) 1995 – 2000
  • Epworth Children’s Home 1990
  • Family Life Centre After-Hours Counseling Service 1989-1990