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CLINICAL MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK (cum laude)

(B.A. Wits; BSocSci in Hons.SW UCT; Masters in Social Work UCT)

 

 

  

 

I have a broad range of experience spanning 26 years, having qualified in 1986 at the University of Cape Town.

I then completed my Masters in 2007.  I also have extensive experience in the field of addiction (alcoholism, substance abuse and sex addiction).

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CLINICAL 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
in-patient and 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 development.

 

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.
 

 

ASSOCIATIONS/PROFESSIONAL BODIES
 

SACSSP – South African Council for Social Service Professions

SAASWIPP – South African Association of Social Workers in Private Practice.
(committee member)

ASWICA – Association of Social Workers Implementing the Children’s Act.
 

 

 

tel / fax:  021 462 1884     mobile:  072 025 6889 

raella@cybersmart.co.za

SACCSP reg. no: 1011262

Practice no: 8905118