Psychotherapy is collaboration between a psychotherapist and a client (individual, couple, family or group) The purpose of therapy is to enter into a therapeutic journey in a safe and trusting environment where it is possible to deal with issues of a traumatic or psychological nature.
Building the inner strength and facing the trauma and distress of the past, present and anticipated future, the therapist and client are able to rewire, challenge and learn to deal with the life challenges that brought about the search for therapy.
Psychotherapy provides a safe, unbiased and confidential relationship with a trained professional to assess, understand and treat psychological distress, while also providing the opportunity to adjust and release unhealthy habits. Within a space of safety, psychotherapy can facilitate a heightened awareness and a sense of accountability that can add meaning and a sense of purpose to everyday life.
I obtained an M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. I have 20 years’ experience in career counselling, for which I use psychometrics combined with the stance of Narrative Therapy. I am trained in Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) Levels 1 to 3. I apply BWRT Level 1 to issues such as anxiety, social or public speaking anxiety, self-worth issues, phobias, depression, trauma, PTSD and grief. BWRT Level 2 is used for identity work and the treatment of certain addictions. BWRT Level 3 I apply for psychobiology work. I am a trained Biology teacher and volunteer at an NPO counselling centre in Somerset West.
Tools in her toolkit include:
- Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) – L1, L2 & L3
- Narrative Therapy
- Career Assessment & Mid-Career Planning
About the Therapist
I love working with people in a meaningful way. I am most passionate about helping clients become hopeful about their futures, dreaming alongside them, validating their stories, being inquisitive about their problem solving skills and their view on life, and supporting them as they improve their emotional well-being.
“Doreen is very good at making you feel at ease, whilst also making sure each exercise is thoroughly explained and understood. BWRT is surprisingly effective. Progress was noticeable and measurable after each session which kept me curios as to what the next session would offer and how it would go about doing it. It not only helped me to break free from my anxiety episodes, but provided me with better approaches to common uncomfortable scenarios I typically avoided in the past. I think the secret lies in its approach to tackle the problem head on in a safe and secure environment. All it requires is your will to want to get better. Thank you, Doreen, for helping me through a difficult time in my life”.
TRE en kroniese siekte
‘n Aardbewing het deur my hele wese geruk. Multiple Sclerosis:ek is gediagnoseer met ‘n chroniese, ongeneeslike siekte.
Hier is dít op jou bord, eet dit, gaan maak vrede met dit, verteer dit.
Vir byna twee jaar probeer ek braaf dit doen, ek kan mos, ek het dan al báie op my spyskaart gehad en dit hanteer! Maar die keer vang die item op my spyskaart my en ek besef dit gaan nie verbygaan nie, ek het hulp nodig.
Deur familie en vriende se aanbeveling gebeur dit dat ek gelukkig vir Pauli vra om my tot hulp te wees. Met haar besonderse hulp en begeleiding kon ek begin om dié siekte te hanteer en tog die donker wolk te kon begin skuif… Ek is nog steeds besig, want Pauli het my by haar TRE Groepe betrek en my binneste het weer stadig begin hande klap.
Woorde soos tremors het my oë op vraagtekens laat trek, want dit was vir my baie onbekend. Maar met Pauli se begeleiding daardeur het ek weldra die waarde daarvan begin ontdek; hoe jou liggaam op dié manier van stress en trauma ontslae raak. My geskokte en siek liggaam het dié tye as veilig begin ervaar. ‘n Ruimte waarin Pauli fasiliteer en ek vertroud raak ook met hierdie metode. In hiérdie ruimte, waar ek so veilig voel dat ek nie inkrimp as my oë oorloop nie, want hulle word jou veiligheidsnet, jou ander familie.
Ons stap almal ons eie paadjie, maar soms is dit ‘n goeie wete dat ons ‘n brug vir ‘n ander een is wanneer die pad te moeilik raak.
My pad hier saam Pauli is in ‘n atmosfeer van heling, denke, empatie en ondersteuning.
Treatment is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. Medical Aid as well as Private Rates apply. We also apply for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMB) where applicable. Our practice is contracted in to Medical Aids. We submit claims to the medical aid on your behalf. The private fee can be paid in cash or via EFT.
Sessions are in English or Afrikaans.