a safe, supportive space for you
How can I help you?
For you to talk about managing stresses in your life, dealing with anxiety or depression, coping with life changes, or improving self-esteem.
For you and your partner to talk about improving intimacy, enhancing communication, building trust or deepening connection.
For you to talk about finding your career path, planning your career, changing your career path or coping with stresses in your career.
Who am I?
Hello, I am Claire. You have found your way here in search of something. Perhaps you are looking for someone to talk to you. Maybe you are looking for answers to questions. Who am I? Why am I facing these challenges? What is happening in my relationships? How do I change the way I think or feel? I am here to help.
Sometimes finding a psychologist who you feel is the right fit for you can be challenging. Here is some background information on who I am and my journey as a psychologist. This may help you determine if I am a suitable psychologist for you.
Learning to help
I have been helping people make sense of their experiences and make changes in their lives for the past 10 years. I started working as a high school counsellor and teacher after I finished my Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Pretoria. Being surrounded by adolescents during this time challenged me to learn new ways of interacting. It also solidified my love for working with young people. I continued to develop my counselling skills by volunteering as a couples counsellor at Family Life Centre. I also volunteered as a helpline counsellor at the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. These experiences guided me to apply for my Masters in Psychology.
I was afforded the opportunity to read Masters in Community-Based Counselling Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. My two-year intensive training was at Wits’ Emthonjeni Centre and at the Counselling and Careers Development Unit. Part of my learning what to understand and practice how I can help bring about change. I learnt many psychotherapeutic skills and techniques from experienced psychologists. Some have continued to mentor and supervise me. Above all, I learnt from each of my clients. We became fellow travellers in therapy. As we journeyed together, I created a new therapy for each client. I love that I am always learning and growing in my work as a psychologist.
Helping individuals, couples and communities
Raised by parents who ran their own business, I grew up surrounded by and learning from the challenges that come with building a business. I opened my own psychology practice in 2013, successfully operating in Hartbeespoort, Krugersdorp and Sandton. While I work with a lot of different types of people, I often find myself helping entrepreneurs and business leaders. As they navigate the pressures and freedoms that come with growing businesses, I am invited to be a part of their career journey. I enjoy engaging with clients as they guide their careers into fulfilling and meaningful directions.
I have been married for as long as I have been a psychologist. My husband and I have walked together through many phases of our lives, but my favourite so far has been raising children together. I know how tough it can be to sustain a fulfilling partnership as needs and wants change. My work with couples often centres on finding connection again in the chaos of life.
My work as a psychologist has always been based in communities. This means I meet clients where they are at and seek to understand how contextual factors enable some possibilities, while limiting others. I have spent a lot of time practicing in educational contexts, from high schools to universities. Sometimes this means I offer individual therapy with students from diverse walks of life. Other times, I run group sessions focusing on psychological support and growth. I have also developed and implemented psychological interventions in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, including Targeting Talent, Inter Trauma Nexus, and Victim Empowerment. I have also been involved in training and supervising registered counsellors and trainee psychologists at the Pearson Institute. I continue to supervise psychologists, predominately in qualitative research and psychodynamic theory and practice.
As someone who loves to learn, I have completed my Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice at Wits. My research is on siblings. It seems like we do not fully understand how siblings shape who we become. I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals on childhood sibling relationships, sibling dynamics in psychotherapy, and siblings in psychoanalysis and presented at numerous conferences and symposiums.
I hope this background information has provided you with some insight into who I am and whether I am someone who could assist you. If you’d like, pop me a mail or give me a call. I look forward to getting to know you.