SERVICES



We offer a number of services to support individuals’ well-being and mental health.
1. PLAY THERAPY

“Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet” – Virginia Axline

Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilises play to support children with a variety of emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties. Emotional responses and experiences can be complex concepts and our children do not always have the cognitive or language skills to work through these verbally. Play therapy provides them with a space to express themselves and explore their concerns without having to verbalise them. Play therapy can support children to enhance their communication with others, express their feelings, explore and learn alternative behaviours, and develop and practice problem-solving skills.

Play therapy can assist with a variety of difficulties, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Difficulties relating to self-confidence
  • Peer pressure
  • Worries and fears
  • Anger and aggression
  • Difficulties relating to social skills and interactions
  • Issues relating to identify development
2. PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING

“Every crisis contains within it the seeds for transformation and growth” – Jodie Gale

Psychotherapy and counselling can take the form of either individual or group sessions. In individual therapy or counselling, an individual works one-on-one with a psychologist or counsellor in a safe, caring, and accepting environment to explore any difficulties that he or she may be experiencing and develop healthy coping strategies. Individual psychotherapy or counselling is beneficial in supporting a number of areas, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention difficulties
  • Anger and aggression
  • Trauma,
  • Grief
  • Career counselling
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Worries and fears
  • Learning support
  • Emotional intelligence – self-awareness, emotional regulation, self-esteem
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Work and study habits
  • Social skills
  • Identity development and sense of self
  • Lifestyle management

Similarly, group psychotherapy or counselling provides a space for people with similar experiences to come together with a registered psychological practitioner. Through this process, the group supports one another while exploring specific areas of difficulty and potential coping mechanisms. All members of the group session participate and contribute to the process by sharing, listening to one another, and supporting each other. Group therapy can include family counselling, groups for parental support, as well as groups to support younger clients and clients with specific needs, such as social skills training and emotional intelligence.

3. ASSESSMENTS

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn” – Ignacio Estrada

Psychological and psycho-educational assessments are offered by our team in order to investigate, identify, and support an individual’s strengths and areas for growth. These assessments are conducted using standardised psychometric instruments and can be tailored to suit the specific purpose of assessment.

We offer the following types of assessments:

  • Developmental assessments which evaluate various aspects of a child’s development, including perceptual, physical, emotional, and social development.
  • School readiness assessments are used to gain insight into a child’s current readiness for formal schooling. These assessments incorporate an evaluation of cognitive, emotional, and developmental abilities. The results of these assessments can be used to identify possible areas of support for your child and to determine the most effective support plan.
  • Psycho-educational assessments are conducted for school-age children. These assessments evaluate cognitive, scholastic, and emotional functioning. This information is collated and interpreted to gain insight into the child’s strengths and areas for growth and to inform an appropriate support plan.
  • Assessments required for concession applications.
  • Subject-choice and career guidance assessments are conducted to gain insight into an individual’s aptitude, interests, and personality, as well as their career narrative, in order for the individual to make an informed decision regarding their subject- or career choice.
4. LEARNING SUPPORT AND STUDY SKILLS

"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" - Ignacio Estrada

The therapists that provide learning support and study skills have a background in teaching and education and are also qualified mental health professionals registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as either a Registered Counsellor or Educational Psychologist. This gives them valuable understanding of the emotional component of learning, including the impact of confidence, anxiety, emotional regulation, and motivation, for example.

Learning support
Children have different learning styles, strengths, and abilities. Learning support aims to bridge the gap between a child’s current academic performance and the level that he or she is required to be on. The focus of the sessions is to support the child to manage or adapt to any barriers that he or she may be experiencing. Sessions will be tailored according to the specific needs of the child. Sessions may focus on specific subjects or components within a subject, such as English literacy, phonological awareness, reading comprehension, mathematics, or geometry. The sessions can also include support in learning-related skills, such as planning, organisation, and summarising.

Study skills
Studying effectively is a skill that can be developed. Study skills is made up of study techniques and habits that impact the effectiveness of studying. Study skill sessions offered support learners to develop both the techniques (such as summarising, making mindmaps) and habits (planning, time management, stress management) and will be tailored to meet the client’s specific need.

5. FAMILY AND COUPLES' THERAPY

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" - Albert Einstein

Couples therapy
Couples therapy explores relationship dynamics and the existing patterns between partners, with a focus on enhancing communication and the ways in which partners relate to one another. This can be applied at all stages of a relationship, whether newly together, engaged, married for years, separating, or co-parenting.

Working within a confidential and empathetic environment, couples therapy creates an opportunity for conflict resolution, the repair of rifts, and the re-establishment or strengthening of trust and connection. It provides a space for partners to share, heal, and grow together.

While there may be a tendency to begin therapy when experiencing a crisis or period of difficulty, there does not have to be a serious breakdown in a relationship for couples therapy to be beneficial. The therapy process can also have preventative value for couples, providing them with a space to learn new skills and techniques for communicating effectively, resolving conflicts, and working through difficulties as they arise.

Family therapy
Family therapy aims to enhance the functioning of the individuals within the family, as well as the holistic functioning of the family system. It is grounded in the knowledge that family members and their relationships with one another are interconnected. Accordingly, change in one area of family functioning will contribute to change in other areas – both for individuals and the family unit.

Family therapy focuses on enhancing family functioning through exploring and developing healthy and effective communication, problem solving, family roles, emotional responses and involvement, and behaviour. Family therapy is beneficial in enhancing the well-being of the family and promoting family resilience. It is particularly useful for families who are experiencing:
  • Periods of change and transitions, such as entering new developmental life cycles, immigration, or the introduction of new partners
  • Crises, such as the loss of a loved one, an incident of crime, or separation or divorce
  • Relationship difficulties within the family unit or specific subsystems, such as a mother-daughter or sibling relationship
  • A need for support related to a family member or multiple members experiencing psychopathology, such as eating disorders, mood disorders, addiction, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or learning difficulties


6. SUBJECT-CHOICE AND CAREER GUIDANCE

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion, for your passion will lead you right into your purpose” – Bishop T.D. Jakes

Choosing subjects at school can be a daunting and overwhelming process, as can choosing or changing careers, regardless of age. A subject- or career-choice assessment involves an assessment of personality, interests, values, and aptitudes. Traditionally, these assessments were quantitative in nature and involved the individual completing a series of questionnaires. As a practice, we hold the premise that career choice is intricately linked to identity development. As a result, our subject- and career-guidance incorporates the individual’s subjective experiences and perceptions of the self and work into the career guidance process. This allows us to work with the individual and to support them in choosing subjects or a career that best fits their personality, strengths, and interests.

The career guidance process is useful in identifying personal strengths and areas for growth, increasing one’s self-knowledge, exploring various career options, and developing a personal career plan.

7. WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” – John Woode

Our practitioners are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise with their clients and the wider community. We offer workshops and talks on a variety of topics in order to equip parents, educators, schools, and other role-players to effectively support individuals, particularly children, who may be experiencing a barrier to learning or development. Our workshops and talks have a specific focus on providing knowledge with the aim of enhancing functioning, providing appropriate support, and promoting well-being.

Some of the workshops we have offered include:

  • Study Skills (for learners and for parents)
  • Red Flags for Barriers to Learning for Teachers
  • Supporting Literacy Development in the Foundation Phase
  • Combating Stress and Negativity (for learners)
  • Demystifying ADHD
  • Emotional and Social School Readiness
  • Bullying

Workshops and talks can also be tailored according to your needs or requests.

Other types of workshops that can be offered include:

Parent guidance and support
Parent guidance and support sessions can be provided in a group context, or individually to support parents in meeting the unique and specific needs of their children, as well as their family as a whole. These sessions aim to facilitate positive change in the home environment. This can be related to issues such as behaviour and discipline, psycho-education regarding your child’s abilities or diagnosis, structure and routine in the home, and coping strategies.

Educator and school training, guidance, and support
Educator and school training, guidance, and support aim to provide valuable insight, understanding and support around the various psychosocial issues faced in South African schools.

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