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What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in each context. Psychology is the study of the mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group. It is through psychology, that one can better understand human behaviour, and through assessment, the thought processes, way of thinking, frame of mind, persona and personality of an individual. Through psychology, one better understands the temperament and behaviour of an individual, in context of their circumstances, background, demographics and history.

What is therapy?

Therapy is the treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.  Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental disorders by psychological rather then medical means.  There are many different forms of psychotherapy which is dependant on the psychologist’s paradigm of treatment e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, systemic therapy, imago relationship therapy, to name but a few. 

What can be addressed during therapy with the psychologist.

  • Adult issues (depression, anxiety, grief, work life balance concerns, family conflict)
  • Adolescent concerns (depression, anxiety, bullying, familial struggles)
  • Post Natal Depression (diagnosis, treatment, life changes)
  • Couples counselling (pre-marital counselling, conflict resolution, better connection and communication)

Session times and length

A psychology session is generally between 50-60 minutes and is held on a weekly basis.  Each psychologist will decide and explain how they work with each client.

Is psychotherapy covered by medical aid?

Most medical aids do cover therapy by a registered psychologist.  Your plan will dictate how much they would pay.  You will need to pay the psychologist and then claim back from your medical aid.

Clinical Psychologist (Specialising in Couples Counselling & Adult issues)

Sandra Graduated with her Masters in clinical psychology in 2004 from the University of Pretoria.

She has worked at Sterkfontein Psychiatric hospital for 1 year in the Male ward and the Forensic unit where she was part of the multi-disciplinary team which dealt with assessing and planning of patient's treatment. The team included social workers, nurses, psychiatrists and a psychologist. Sandra conducted individual and group therapy as well as working with the families to allow for better integration once the patients were released. Due to this work experience Sandra has extensive knowledge of working with major psychopathologies.

Sandra also worked for one year in Johannesburg Prison, where she assisted with parole assessment, anger management groups, sexual offender’s groups and individual therapy. In addition, Sandra also worked in the female Unit (Adult and Juvenile), Awaiting trial, Male unit (Adult and Juvenile), and was involved in all areas of psychological wellbeing.

Thereafter, Sandra went into private practice, working with individuals, couples and adolescents.

Sandra's main area of interest is couples therapy. She especially enjoys using Imago Relationship Therapy which she feels is the most effective technique to use with couples.   She trained under Rebecca Sears from the USA in 2007. Imago Relationship Therapy aims to bring couples together when the connection is no longer there, using effective, conscious and authentic communication. Couples work is her true passion and working together with them to develop a clear understanding of each other's needs and wants.

In Sandra's individual work she uses many different paradigms. The focus is on the individual and the path that they wish to be on. Sandra assists the client to understand why certain behaviours, actions or thoughts are prevalent in their life and the most effective way to shift them.

Post-Natal Depression is another area that Sandra feels very strongly about. Having suffered with it after her first child she feels a strong draw to assist women to feel more confident and secure in their new roles as mothers.

On a personal level, Sandra is a mum of three small children.

For more information, please follow the link below:

http://couplescounselling.co.za/