I have been a social worker in private practice since 1995. I have specialised in marital and relationship therapy since 1987. I completed my Master's degree in marital and family therapy in 1994, and my thesis examined the effect of being self-employed on marriage. I became an accredited Imago Relationship Therapist in 2005, and I have continued to attend the advanced trainings in Imago Relationship Therapy. I completed my PhD in 2016 where I researched marriage in contemporary Zulu society: implications for couple counselling.
I believe very strongly in providing a safe, confidential space where couples and individuals are able to explore the challenges in their lives, and where they are empowered to grow and thrive. As a social worker, I am practical, so in order to facilitate this, my clients are provided with the tools that they can use at home when necessary. When there are relationship problems, I see each person on their own once in order to get an overview of their relationship history, and thereafter they are seen together. We work at both deepening and enriching the relationship, as well as overcoming the specific issues, such as experiencing lots of conflict, battling with communication, affairs, parenting issues, financial problems, in-law problems, dealing with addiction, and others. Some couples attend counselling because they want to reconcile and improve their relationship, others are uncertain, and others want to divorce amicably in order for them both to provide the best care for their children. I also see individuals who have particular issues to work through that may relate to their childhood or to their past relationships and divorce. They might need assistance in dealing with psycho-social problems such as those that relate to self-esteem, stress, or work-home balance.
The emphasis in my practice is to empower individuals and couples in a safe, supportive environment.