“Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone.”

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING

Individual counselling offers a safe, non-judgemental space to work through past and present issues with the support of a mental health professional. 

Self-esteem & BODY IMAGE

Over the past decade, social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Tiktok have become the ‘standard’ for beauty – albeit an unrealistic standard – and scrolling through the feeds of people with perfect bodies ‘living their best lives’ can be extremely depressing, because often our bodies look nothing like the images we see on our screens and our lives feel nowhere near as exciting.  Even at the best of times, it can be challenging to remember that life is imperfect, and bodies have flaws – so when someone is battling with mental ill-health conditions like depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and the likes, it can be impossible to find the beauty in our imperfect lives. Both individual counselling and support groups have proven to be effective in breaking down these negative thought processes, resulting in happier, more confident people who can comfortably navigate the world, without constantly comparing themselves to others. 

CRISIS & TRAUMA

Experiences like domestic abuse, muggings, xenophobic attacks, bullying, home invasions, sexual assault and rape, hijackings, and other deeply traumatising events can have a profoundly negative impact on a person’s overall ability to function on a daily basis. Similarly, crises like becoming HIV-Positive, losing a child, becoming bankrupt, and being retrenched can be extremely difficult experiences to overcome without a safe space to process one’s feelings about what has happened. Counselling can be a great place to learn how to cope with having experienced a trauma and develop skills to navigate an ongoing crisis. If you are experiencing symptoms like sleeplessness, hypervigilance, irritability, irrational fear, mistrust, depressed mood, flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts after going through a trauma or a crisis, it may be a good idea to seek help in the form of counselling. 

If you are in state of acute crisis or you have experienced a trauma, please contact one of the following organisations for immediate support: 

South African Police Services – Report a Crime 

Rape Crisis – Rape, Sexual Assault, Gender-Based Violence, Domestic Abuse

Lifeline Telephonic Counselling Hotline – Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. 

South African Depression and Anxiety Group – Depression, Anxiety, Suicide.

ER 24 – Emergency Services 

Akeso – In-patient Psychiatric Care


professional development & burnout prevention

Having confidence in yourself and your abilities is the foundation on which any career is built – if you don’t believe in yourself and what you have to offer, nor will the people around you. Counselling provides a non-judgemental space for you to work through your insecurities and formulate strategies that will help you to manage the challenges experienced by so many professionals. These challenges or ‘stressors’ are present in all professions, and when they are not dealt with in a healthy way, it may lead to ‘burnout’. Burnout can be described as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.  When you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands, it often becomes impossible to function at all – let alone in a professional capacity. I work with clients to implement various strategies to prevent burnout, as well as helping clients to develop an awareness of when burnout may be on the horizon, and how to navigate the symptoms.  

sexual health, gender & sexuality

Topics like sexual health, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, sexual preferences, and other areas of health that relate to sex, have long since been labelled ‘taboo’. Being unable to talk about one’s sexuality with close friends or supportive family members can have a particularly negative effect on a person’s mental health and may even result in that person compromising on their sexual or gender identity to please those around them. Counselling can provide a space for individuals to gain clarity on who it is that they identify as,  who it is that they’re attracted to (if anyone), and how they want to present themselves to the world. Children are able to identify their gender between the ages of 3 to 4-years, and they will begin to recognise their sexual orientation as early as primary school age (8 to 10-years old). In cases where an individual’s identity or orientation is not in alignment with what their family, friends, or community had anticipated, and the child/adolescent/adult is not supported for who they are, it can result in an identity crisis and feelings of depression/anxiety. Counselling can be an effective way of navigating one’s journey of sexuality and gender – either through individual counselling or family counselling. 

POST-PARTUM SUPPORT

The journey to parenthood and parenthood itself is rarely turbulence-free, and there is no shame in reaching out for professional support. Bringing a human into the world is one of the most profound things that any two people can do, and this can be very overwhelming, especially when mixing stressors like finances, lack of sleep, extended family pressure, hormone fluctuations, and learning to love your post-partum body/ learning to love your partner’s post-partum body. Counselling can be an excellent source of non-judgemental support for both new parents and parents who have experienced a miscarriage. 

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