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About Me

“The genuine curiosity a therapist has in their patient creates a safe space for the client to explore their own story.” - L. Firestone

 

I am a registered Clinical Psychologist based in Claremont, Cape Town.

I have worked in mental healthcare services across a variety of public and private sector settings with a diverse network of psychiatrists, psychologists, and specialists. I have a personal interest and experience in the following areas (see also Clinical Services): 

  • Adult Individual Therapy  

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology

  • Neuropsychological Assessment and Support

  • Group Therapy (DBT and psychodynamic group processes)

my approach

I practice predominantly from an integrative psychodynamic framework - what this means is that I am interested in helping you understand how past events and relationships (as well as broader family and community dynamics) may be informing and influencing your present difficulties. Ultimately, the aim is to empower you to be able process painful or challenging experiences and break free from patterns of behaviour that may be self-destructive or unhelpful. 

My approach is individualised; therefore, I may incorporate other therapeutic modalities, depending on your reason for entering therapy. I am also trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and have experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based therapies. My hope is to facilitate an experience in which clients feel heard and acknowledged, a space where hurts and hopes are collaboratively explored with kindness, acceptance, and curiosity.

 
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Qualifications and Affiliations

I have a Masters in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch (cum laude) and a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Cape Town (cum laude). I am registered and affiliated with the following accredited institutions:

  • Health Professions Council of South Africa 

  • The Board of Healthcare Funders

  • Cape Town Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Group

  • The Centre for Group Analytic Studies

  • South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association

Research and Publications

As part of my qualification process, I had the opportunity to be involved in several research projects within the broader field of addiction and brain-behaviour relationships. My research experience is, in part, what has fuelled my interest in addictive processes (of which there are many) as a response to pain and/or trauma.

Kwiatkowski, M. A., Roos, A., Stein, D. J., Thomas, K. G., & Donald, K. (2014). Effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure: a review of cognitive and neuroimaging studies. Metabolic Brain Disease, 29(2), 245-254.

Roos, A., Kwiatkowski, M. A., Fouche, J. P., Narr, K. L., Thomas, K. G., Stein, D. J., & Donald, K. A. (2015). White matter integrity and cognitive performance in children with prenatal methamphetamine exposure. Behavioural Brain Research, 279, 62-67.

Kwiatkowski, M. A., Donald, K. A., Stein, D. J., Ipser, J., Thomas, K. G., & Roos, A. (2018). Cognitive outcomes in prenatal methamphetamine exposed children aged six to seven years. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 80, 24-33.

Although my published work has focused on the neurobiological and neuropsychological aspects of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure, I believe that it is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief an individual finds (or hopes to find) in addictive behaviour. If people are addicted to self-soothing behaviours, it is likely that they did not receive the soothing they needed during their formative years. Hence, I believe that recovery from self-destructive behaviours is rooted in gentle and compassionate self-inquiry and the conscious nurturing of vulnerability.