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.
Couples Counselling: Philip has a Dr Phil like practical and eclectic approach (using methods and techniques from various therapies), where he helps couples and individuals to get their lives back on track.
Family and individual Counselling: Happiness begins at home. A happy couple and happy family are the most important building blocks of a happy community. Through couples counselling other issues may come to the fore: Strained relationships with the in-laws, siblings, extended family etc.
Unresolved grief – unable to make peace with the death of a close family member. Unresolved childhood issues.
Mediation: Mediation can have many shapes and forms. During the December / January holidays he is usually very busy with extended family mediations, as the families from Gauteng come down to visit the Cape families and somewhere during the holidays, all the unresolved family issues may come to the fore. He also does business mediation, where partners or colleagues need a neutral party to mediate or resolve an issue amicably and don’t necessarily want to go the legal route.
Couples mediation is for couples who wants to divorce, to alleviate the load on the divorce courts. To use mediation as an amicable, non hostile process to help couples reach a lasting agreement on: The parenting plan, maintenance and financially dividing their assets and estates. Avoiding the hostility and polarization often caused by a divorce and separation.
Facilitation: “Facilitation was developed to reduce post divorce/separation litigation. It offers parents a forum to discuss disputes regarding their children or maintenance after they have been divorced or separated. Facilitators are usually appointed in terms of a Court Order and are mandated to resolve disputes that arise post divorce/separation.” https://www.famac.co.za/facilitation
Divorce Counselling: To pick up the broken pieces and restore healing. Clinically it has been proven that it is more traumatic to deal with a divorce, than with the death of a spouse! Helping the individual to deal with the rejection, guilt, hurt, fear, trust, low self esteem etc. To learn lessons from the past and to not take the same baggage into the next relationship. To make the client whole again, on a new clean slate and freed from the past!
Helping the client to deal with the intense grief and loss, making peace with it and also taking the responsibility to start living again, remembering the good memories with a smile and not a tear anymore!
Life / Business Coaching: No person operates in isolation. Your partner, children, family, health, work, sport and hobbies are an integral part of your balanced, mindfulness living. So that is the full context that is looked at with Life and Business Coaching. Philip also has a MBA degree and also worked in Europe in the Corporate sector, amongst others as SAP FI consultant and Procurement Manager, so detailed business coaching can also be provided.
Tools in his toolkit include:
- Brain Working Recursive – BWRT
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT
- Behavioral, Integrative and Holistic
About the Therapist
The first line of defense, when you have finally realized that you need some outside professional help with: Your life, relationship, family, trauma, bereavement, divorce rehabilitation and mediation.
Taking that first step to finally go and seek Counselling is daunting and therefore I try to be as approachable and supportive as possible, so that we can start with your new life journey.
Every client is unique and there is no “one size fits all” approach. I have over 22 years of Counselling and Corporate experience, eight years of those in Europe. There is a time to cry and there is a time to laugh and there is a time to embrace your life with abundance! Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it!
Education: MBA (USB), BD (US), Psych Hons (Unisa)
“I will forever be grateful to Philip for helping to change our mediocre, on the point of divorce marriage, into a loving, exciting and respectful marriage, where we resolved our individual and couples baggage and love each other unconditionally again!”
“Philip helped me to pick myself up, during a lengthy and acrimonious divorce process. My self-worth was restored, I stopped blaming myself and I am able to enjoy and appreciate life to the full again.”
Cash or EFT payment preferred on day of consultation. Invoices will be provided to claim back from medical aids.
If needed, individual monthly payment arrangements can be made with Philip.
Sessions are in English or Afrikaans.