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CLINICAL MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK (cum laude)

(B.A. Wits; BSocSci in Hons.SW UCT; Masters in Social Work UCT)

 

 

  

 

I have a broad range of experience spanning 33 years, having qualified in 1986 at the University of Cape Town.

I then completed my Masters in 2007.  I also have extensive experience in the field of addiction (alcoholism, substance abuse and sex addiction).

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CLINICAL 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
in-patient and 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.
 

 

ASSOCIATIONS/PROFESSIONAL BODIES
 

SACSSP – South African Council for Social Service Professions

SAASWIPP – South African Association of Social Workers in Private Practice.
(committee member)

ASWICA – Association of Social Workers Implementing the Children’s Act.
 

 

 

 

mobile:  072 025 6889  (WhatsApp only)

Israel:  053 637 3061

raella.abel@gmail.com

 Online Counseling

SACCSP reg. no: 1011262

Practice no: 8905118