Maria is a Clinical Psychologist who provides individual therapy to adults and students. Prior to joining our team, she worked for the Department of Defence for ten years, helping military families including young children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. During this time, she became interested in the field of trauma work – specifically Acute Stress Reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is not only experienced in the line of duty, but also in everyday South African life with events like car hi-jackings, theft, bullying, physical and sexual assaults, medical trauma related to physical accidents, operations and illnesses, and developmental trauma such as childhood neglect and emotional abuse. She understands the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the body and mental health, and the correlation with many mood and anxiety disorders and physical illnesses.
Maria follows a systemic, integrative approach to therapy, drawing on her initial training in traditional psychotherapies such as the psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and person-centred approaches, and supplementing them with more recent, innovative and rapid transformative modalities in which she has completed her training.
She completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling at Stellenbosch University, as well as a Bachelors in Psychology degree. She also completed a Social Work major (degree equivalent) which has given her an added understanding of the systemic nature of relationships and the importance of social injustice and change to improve our individual and collective mental health as a country.
We call her our “multi-tasker” as she juggles work and family life with a smile on her face.
Maria enjoys spending time with her little one, savouring her husband’s cooking, walking or hiking, connecting with family and friends, music that stirs the soul, a good novel, and doing adventurous activities.