Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need therapy?
  • If you want to work out what's causing your stress, I can help you with this in a safe, calm space. 
  • If you experience body tension and stress symptoms you may need help from a mind body therapist like me.
  • If you have problems with self-defeating behaviours such as addictions, you may need help in resolving  these. I can be that person for you.
  • If you have experienced trauma, you may need help from a qualified, experienced counsellor. I can help you with this and teach you methods to cope better in life.

Am I the therapist for you? 

  • I am qualified and experienced within this field for over 15 years.
  • I am registered with HPCSA, so you can claim from your medical aid. This also means I offer ethical, professional practice and continue with regular trainings.
  • I incorporate various approaches: cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems, psycho education, relapse prevention; body work such as Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE ®) and Quantum Energy Coaching (QEC). Overall my treatment approach is integrative aiming to treat the whole person.
  • I charge a reasonable rate.
  • I am based in Wynberg, but I offer skype too.
  • My current hours are 8.00- 1500.
  • Others have found my approaches helpful (see testimonials)


What is addiction? 

 Addiction can be described as a pathological relationship to any mood altering substance/ behaviour. 

 Although there are negative effects which impact one's life, the usage is continued. It is not the 

 substance that is the problem, it is the way you are relating to the substance/ behaviour.

 Addiction is an organic brain disorder/ condition characterised by the maladaptive pattern of substance 

 use leading to clinically significant impairment manifested by three or more of the following:

  • Increase in use of substance or time taken in acting out (behavioural addictions) – i.e. a loss of predictable control
  • Unsuccessful attempts to control reduce/ stop
  • Much time spent on sourcing, using and recovering
  • The falling away of other activities (social, recreational, occupational, familial)
  • Continued use although the person is aware of negative consequences
  • Increased tolerance 
  • Withdrawal symptoms (physical/ psychological).
Adapted from: American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fourth Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000

What is addiction treatment?
 

  • Inpatient therapy. Most private addiction clinics include detox, inpatient treatment, 12 step programmes and aftercare/ recommended outpatient therapy.
  • The State offers different inpatient and outpatient programmes. The matrix model is an increasingly popular manualised outpatient programme (it includes cognitive behavioural therapy, relapse prevention, 12 steps, psycho-education and family work). 
  • Outpatient addiction therapy is often provided through an eclectic group of therapies – motivational interviewing, 12 step, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT is an evidence-based approach used by many therapists), relapse prevention,  pharmacotherapy, family therapy). Generally an outpatient programme offers one to three sessions a week. 
  • 12 step groups: This is a free network of  self help support groups that use the 12 step approach  in the community in order to maintain sobriety/ balance.
  • Body oriented therapy: Many recovery programmes offer classes in TRE ®, yoga, tai chi and other health oriented modalities.
What is trauma?

 Quite simply trauma is any experience that overwhelms one's normal coping mechanisms. The 

 experience/perception of helplessness defines trauma.



What is trauma therapy?

 Trauma disrupts the body’s natural equilibrium, freezing you in a state of hyperarousal and fear: your nervous system gets stuck 

 in overdrive. Successful trauma treatment must address this imbalance and re-establish your physical sense of safety. The 

 following therapies are commonly used in the treatment of emotional and psychological trauma:
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you process and evaluate your thoughts and feelings about a trauma. While CBT doesn’t treat the physiological effects of trauma, it can be helpful when used in addition to a body-based therapy such as TRE ®.
  • TRE ® (Trauma Releasing Exercises): TRE ® is a simple technique that uses physical exercises to release stress/tension from the body that accumulates from everyday circumstances such as difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences (i.e. natural disasters, social or domestic violence). It involves a set of exercises (stretches) that help to release deep tension from the body by evoking a self-controlled muscular shaking from the psoas muscle in the body. This is called a neurogenic tremors. TRE is a quick, immediately effective method for consistent relaxation, releasing chronic traumatic stress, physical tension, emotional trauma, everyday stress, tension, and anxiety that evolves from the daily pressures of life. 


Why do professionals in the care-giving field need regu
lar supervision/treatment?

Working in the field of caring for others can lead to burn out, adrenal fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, loss of drive, 

relationship problems, relapse etc.

With
regular supervision, it is possible to prevent such conditions.  Learning more about your own blind spots will teach you how to 

be a better, more objective therapist and a healthier more grounded person who takes care of yourself. 



 



"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but ultimately 
it is the journey that matters."