SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
I run a private clinical social work
practice based in the City Bowl, Cape Town, working with
individuals, couples and families. In addition to my
private practice I work part-time at Comcare, a trust that
facilitates assisted living for psychiatric patients. I
also volunteer at FAMSA (Families South Africa) part time. I have a
special interest in burnout and see it as a tremendous
opportunity for transformation.
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
out-patient psychiatric departments at Groote Schuur hospital.
Hypnotherapy is used when
people want to work in that way. My choice of method depends
on clients’ unique needs and stage of their personal
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.
SACSSP – South African
Social Service Professions
SAASWIPP – South African Association of Social Workers in
Association of Social Workers Implementing the Children’s Act.