I am originally from the UK but have been living in Cape Town since 2001. I first studied languages in London which lead me to many different jobs in different parts of the world, including France, Mexico, Italy and Switzerland. I speak fluent English, French and have excellent Spanish and can offer counseling/therapy in these languages also if you prefer.
Shortly after the birth of my son, I was approached by a friend to assist her with her son on a part-time basis, who was experiencing difficulties in school and needed a facilitator. This started me on a fascinating journey to my true passion: helping children with behavioural issues and their families. I decided to go back to school myself and gained my degree in Psychological Counseling and Education at UNISA. At the same time, I worked with more children with all manner of behavioural challenges as well as volunteered at various special education institutes and schools for the autistic. This gave me a great wealth of experience and understanding into all kinds of behavioural issues/difficulties and the psychology and emotional issues behind that behaviour. After gaining a cum laude degree at UNISA, I went on to start my own private practice and have been working in this fascinating and deeply rewarding field since 2003.
I believe that behaviour is a child’s way of communicating what is going on for him and I help to connect the dots between your child’s behaviour on the outside and what is going on for him on the inside. My approach encompasses all aspects of your child and I hold a nurturing and neutral space for him to feel safe to explore his emotions and then to express them. Then I act as interpreter and communicate to you what I think your child is actually feeling and trying to tell you about your parenting approach or his school etc. Once the message has been received, the behaviour can start to subside and be replaced with more balanced and healthier ways of being for all parties.