I have been in practice as a social worker since 1996 and current focus on therapy for individuals and couples.  I work with adults and adolescents.

I have substantial experience in working with children and teenagers, having worked in probation services for children for 6 years and residential child care for 13 years.

I have a strong interest in child and youth care and practice social work with children and adolescents from a child and youth care perspective.  I have contributed several articles to child and youth care journals and presented at conferences on topics related to children's care and services.  I previously served on the Board of Governors for the International Child and Youth Care Network.

I have attended training in clinical hypnosis with the South African Society for Clinical Hypnosis and the South African Institute for Hypnotism.  I qualified as a certified hypnotherapist and registered with the GHC(UK) as an advanced hypnosis practitioner.  I also trained in the Fertile Body Method - a mind-body approach to supporting individuals with fertility-related difficulties.  I completed my master's degree dissertation in psychology on the topic "Hypnotherapy as psychological support for women with high risk pregnancy".

I use clinical hypnosis together with traditional counselling to help clients address difficulties such as:

  • Depression, anxiety, panic and phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Stress management
  • Pain management

I also work with:

  • Substance abuse and dependence
  • Suicide

I am trained in EMDR (Level II) by the EMDR International Association.

I am a master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (Association for NLP, UK).   NLP is a collection of mind-body techniques and approaches that help clients to work in a very focused way to achieve therapeutic outcomes.

My qualifications include:

  • M.A. in Psychology (Unisa) and Clinical Social Work (NMU)
  • Certified Hypnotherapist (SAIH), advanced practitioner (GHC, UK)
  • Master Practitioner of NLP (ANLP, UK)
  • EMDR Level 2 (EMDRIA)

I am registered with the following bodies:

  • South African Council for Social Service Professions
  • South African Association for Social Workers in Private Practice
  • General Hypnotherapy Council (UK)
  • Board of Healthcare Funders

Website: www.changeworks.co.za

Facebook: @wernerclinical