People have a remarkable capacity to find ways to cope with the difficulties in their lives and to survive in spite of adversity. I have long dreamt of providing support to those who choose the difficult path of healing, and in 2008 I embarked on my journey to make that dream a reality.
I started by enrolling at the University of South Africa and attending my first workshop on the topic of trauma. I obtained my BA Health Sciences and Social Services (With specialization in Psychological Counselling) Cum Laude in 2014, and my Master’s degree in Psychology with Distinction from the University of Roehampton in 2018.
While on my academic journey I built my practical skill-set by attending a variety of workshops and courses. I became a Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator in 2008, first providing trauma counselling for individuals, then expanding into facilitating group trauma debriefing in 2013. From 2016 – 2019 I had the immense privilege to be part of a team of counsellors providing crises trauma support to patients, families, and staff in several Netcare Hospitals in Johannesburg, and in 2019 I qualified as a Traumatic Incident Reduction Trainer with the Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA) in the US. Trauma and bereavement often goes hand-in-hand, and I completed training in Grief Counselling and started my professional exploration of grief and loss in 2016. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to offer support and guidance to those navigating this most challenging of life’s tasks.
My interest in how people find solutions to individual challenges led me to an exploration of how they do this in their intimate relationships. My research thesis examined the negotiation of challenges in long-term polyamorous relationships and I have a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by those who commit to alternative relationship arrangements and lifestyles.
I have been involved with the Family Life Centre in Parkhurst since completing their training in Divorce Mediation in 2015. I joined their mediation team as volunteer divorce mediator, and later also became involved with the Education for Living group, facilitating sex-ed and relationship talks to learners ages 10 – 18. In my private practice I provide trauma counselling, bereavement support, individual counselling, and group trauma support. I also facilitate personal growth workshops for lay people and provide Traumatic Incident Reduction training for those in the helping professions*. I am available for public speaking engagements.
I am registered as a Specialist Wellness Counsellor (Registration No SCO 0682) with the Council for Counsellors SA, as a TIR facilitator and trainer with TIRA (USA) and am a member of TIRA-SA.
*18 CPD Points for Social Workers in SA .
- Basic Transactional Analysis
- Traumatic Incident Reduction
- Group Trauma Debriefing
- Divorce and Family Mediation
- Applied Counselling
- NLP Practitioner & Life Coach
- Expanded Applications (Advanced TIR Training)
- Advanced Legal Training for Counselling Mediators
- Grief Counselling
- Relationship Counselling
- Life Stress Reduction
- Traumatic Incident Reduction for Children