Thank you that you were/are instrumental in the acknowledgement and experience of my journey with depression.
Psychologist, woman, daughter, wife and mother
I am registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. I am passionate about mental health and working with people in a collaborative way to assist them in living more meaningful lives. The focus in my practice is therapeutic work with children, parents, families and women. In the therapy practice section of this site you can read more about the different issues I work with.
I started my private practice as a Counselling Psychologist in Milnerton and Stellenbosch in 2007. In 2009 I started consulting as a psychologist in Somerset West. My work over the last eight years has been with people of all ages with special interests in the areas of child psychology, play therapy, parenting and post partum depression. I also consult with individuals who have been admitted to hospitals and clinics.
My professional training has been largely influenced by Narrative Therapy and Postmodern Philosophy. I have had the privilege of training with international and local practitioners in the field. I am constantly involved in developing my skill as a therapist to assist clients in achieving some of the goals they have set for their lives. The principals of Narrative Therapy (and ideas of postmodern philosophy) provide the opportunity to view challenges in a unique and powerful way to draw attention to resources rather than deficits. In this way new opportunities are created for making meaning of personal experiences that open up possibilities for change.
In addition to my work in private practice I have also been involved in work at centres for special educational needs, schools and community clinics. My work is also largely influenced by Art, Creativity and Language and I encourage this form of expression in my work with people of all ages.
In addition to practicing as a psychologist I am also a woman, daughter, wife and mother. These other roles that I perform are all important to me, and teach me many things about life and the work that I am involved in.
These other roles have taught me:
- That not everything you read in books is the gospel. You need to be led by what works for you and your family, as long as it is in your child’s best interest and not harmful to others. Use what is useful and discard the rest.
- That all children are different and unique and what works for one doesn’t work for others.
- That we are all fallible beings and even though we put our best intentions forward as parents (individuals and partners), we can never be perfect, we will make mistakes (sometimes monumental ones), and learning from these is how we grow.
- That genuine interest, attention and love can overcome most of the mistakes (as long as we don’t keep making the same ones).
- That focused and meaningful attention is the best gift you can give your child.
- That sometimes you need help and that doesn’t make you a bad parent, it makes you a resourceful one.
I hope you find the information on this site useful and that it inspires your own journey towards new possibilities.
Thank you Michelle for the time that you spent with us. It’s incredible how much better Les and I have been getting along since we started seeing you.
Thank you so much for the effort you put into my therapy so far. This summary was unexpected in terms of the about of work you did and I really appreciate it.
Thank you so much Michelle, I’m very glad we found you!!
I’m blown away by the way in which you spoke to Sam about his nervousness. He left your office feeling totally comfortable, acknowledged and empowered to talk to me about the daily struggles he encounters. Thank you for giving us this gift.