GET TO KNOW ME
“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through, and it will be someone else’s survival guide” – Brené Brown.
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be the person with the skills to help other people. I wanted to be a doctor, a social worker, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, I then doubled back and wanted to be a doctor again – I was pretty set on this until I was halfway through Grade 10 when I had my first encounter with the field of mental health. I battled an anxiety disorder and went to see a psychologist to help me through the intense emotions that I experienced. It took seeing several different professionals before I found the right fit for me, and having a non-judgemental, unbiased outlet proved to be the catalyst I needed to re-learn how to manage my overwhelming anxiety.
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Hons.) at the South African College of Applied Psychology in Cape Town, and I have been registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) since 2016. I have a particular interest in Sexual Health, Gender, and Sexuality, and as such, I am now also registered with the Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA).
I work from a predominantly solution-focused approach because I don’t want my clients to feel like they need therapy indefinitely. I want the clients that I work with to access the support that they need when they need it and after developing the necessary skills needed to overcome the challenges they’re experiencing, make the move from where they are to where they want to be.
On a more personal note, I am incredibly privileged to be very close with my family – they are my number one source of support and I value them endlessly. I love to cook and listen to loud music, and the smell of popcorn puts a smile on my face, every time, without fail. I enjoy nothing more than drinking a cup of tea while it’s pouring with rain outside, and I am mildly obsessed with dogs – schnauzers in particular as I had one of my own for over 16 years.
The Cape Town Counsellor website is a culmination of my experience, my qualifications, my personality, and my aspirations as a counsellor, offering mental health support to my clients in the South Africa context.