“I relate, therefore I am. Thus, how I impact on you and how you impact on me determine the nature and quality of our being.” - Prof. Charl Vorster 2011
As people, we play multiple roles in our daily lives. We are partners, friends, colleagues, parents, children…. Each of these relationships is founded upon and within communication. Thus one can assume that meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships require members to be effective communicators. This is where psychology and more specifically, psychotherapy can help. Interactional psychotherapy aims to alleviate problems by assisting clients in developing more effective communication which in turn results in more satisfying and sustainable relationships.
Rather than taking a more traditional approach of exploring what happens inside a person’s mind; Interactional psychotherapy uses tangible, observable and describable observations of communication to assist clients. This scientific and systematic form of psychotherapy yields long-term changes in fewer sessions.
Each client is considered as an individual, each with their own value systems and beliefs. As such, therapy is a tailor-made process dependent upon your needs and therapeutic goals.
Individual psychotherapy focuses on the individual and the patterns of interaction that may be underlying their sadness, isolation, irritability or other symptoms of psychological distress. Therapy is a collaborative process that takes place in a supportive and non-judgemental environment. The client is given the chance to explore, rehearse and cement more effective behaviours in order to engage in more fulfilling relationships outside of the therapeutic context.
The individuation and forming of a young adult’s own identity can imply a vexing time for both the adolescent and their parents. This process of push and pull between teen and parent leads to a lack of understanding, a breakdown in communication and escalating frustration.
Often teens need assistance through their transition from childhood to adulthood, which would assist them in emotional regulation, gaining insight, formulating problem-solving skills, improving communication and assisting in stress management and self-care. Therapy can greatly assist teens in understanding themselves through their process of identity formation, while fostering confidence and self-esteem.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) involves the use of a horse in the therapeutic process in order to assist clients in living more effectively. There is no ridden work and all sessions take place on the ground in interaction with horses. No prior equine knowledge is required.
EAP has been found to be effective in addressing a number of presenting concerns with a wide range of ages, from children to adolescents and adults.
The benefits to participants are immediate and measurable and show more functional and productive relationships as well as dramatic increases in learned skills and confidence.
EAP can be used for individuals, couples, families, therapeutic groups and corporate groups (team-building).
I have worked in a broad variety of settings with a range of population groups and thus consider myself an adaptable and empathic therapist. I completed my Master’s degree with a research focus on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Fees are charged in accordance with medical aid rates and I am able to claim directly from most medical aids on your behalf. As your psychological health is the primary focus, I am open to discussions around payment options.