Educational and Developmental Psychologist
BA (Psych), BA Hons (Applied Psych), MEd Psych (Educational Psychology)
I am a registered Psychologist with over 20 years experience, with an endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology. I find great joy working with children and young people, their parents and adults, even when the issues to be tackled are challenging.
My approach is to take time to connect and get to know you or your child. I
combine knowledge of evidence-based approaches with your own wisdom to support
you as you put new ideas and skills into practice. Relationships are key to our
happiness and hence central to the work I do, along with a strong commitment to
the ever-growing scientific understanding of our brains, minds and development
across our lives.
Areas of work include helping young people and children learn to manage difficult
emotions and behaviour; supporting parents with their children; and the
transition to parenthood for mums, dads or couples. I can help parents address
challenging behaviour in toddlers, pre-schoolers, children and adolescents.
I also work with adults; helping people through life transitions, stress and burnout,
improving relationships, anxiety conditions, depression, trauma and personal
My initial experience was in South Africa, in employee assistance programs, community settings, a large NGO and in private practice, focusing strongly on supporting pre-schoolers and their parents, as well as working with school age children, teens and adults. In New Zealand I oversaw the implementation of a range of evidence-based approaches for children and teens with very challenging behaviour and high levels of trauma. Since being in Melbourne I have focused on working with a wide range of ages and presentations.
Approaches include: Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Trauma-focussed CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness-based approaches, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), as well as social learning theory-based approaches to parenting (e.g. Triple P and The Incredible Years). My work with couples draws heavily on the work of John and Julie Gottman and other research into what makes relationships work.
Languages: Ek is redelike vlot in Afrikaans as u meer op u gemak is in u eie taal.