My work with addiction began in 1991 at
the Drug Counseling Centre (Observatory, Cape Town). Six years
later I became the social worker for the clinical team at
Kenilworth Clinic Chemical Dependency Unit and subsequently,
at Stepping Stones Rehabilitation Centre in Kommetjie.
In 1998 I started my private practice doing general clinical
work as well as addiction out-patient counseling. I offer
supportive and therapeutic work to motivated addicts,
individuals at risk and their spouses, partners and families.
Assessments establish where an
individual is in his or her cycle of abuse and/or addiction.
This is critical in determining appropriate sentencing,
treatment and if needed, referrals to out-patient group
support, individual counselling or in-patient rehabilitation.
I also provide after care counseling to individuals who have
completed their rehabilitation program (recovery skills
Substance abuse offences: I have worked
with attorneys and advocates doing pre-trial forensic
assessments, reports relating to the diversion of criminal
prosecutions of accused persons and the making of
recommendations relating to community service / sentencing.
I facilitate voluntary rehabilitation committals and arrange
for involuntary committals in accordance with the Drug
dependency and Treatment Act 20 of 1992.
I am also a trained “drink driver” addictions counselor
working within the offender’s education and diagnostic program
of SADD (South Africans against Drunk Driving).