SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
I run a private Clinical Social Work
practice that has been based in the City Bowl of Cape Town
South Africa. I work with individuals,
couples and families. Alongside my private practice, I’ve
worked at FAMSA (families South Africa) and in Employee
Wellness for many years.
I use a range of methods when working
with people. My counselling skills are firstly grounded in
sound social work principles. I combine that with depth
psychology theory (theory that takes into account the
unconscious) and psychiatric tenets. I may also draw on
cognitive-behavioural principles, which helps people
strategise for optimal living in a practical way.
I gained psychiatric training in
counselling, mental state examinations and psycho-social
evaluations through experience and internships at both
out-patient psychiatric departments at Groote Schuur hospital
in Cape Town.
Mindfulness is used when appropriate, as
a strategy to deal with challenging life events and moments.
I work in conjunction with allopathic medical practitioners
(for example homeopaths and other holistic or complementary
professionals), as well as psychiatrists and conventional
medical professionals. Complementary and conventional
treatments both have a role to play in healing, depending on
the issue and / or the person looking for resolution.
SACSSP – South African
Social Service Professions
SAASWIPP – South African Association of Social Workers in
Association of Social Workers Implementing the Children’s Act.