I obtained a BA in Health Sciences and Social Services with a major in Psychological Counselling through UNISA. Thereafter, I completed Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology through the University of Pretoria, followed by a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Rhodes University. I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) as a Counselling Psychologist.

My primary philosophical paradigm is humanistic: I value empathy, integrity, accountability, objectivity, altruism, relationships and autonomy. Therapeutically, I work in an integrative manner, which sees me utilising Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Intensive Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Strength-Based Approaches, and the Person-Centred Approach as tools for formulating, conducting and evaluating individualised interventions. I have a particular interest in the application of Strength-Based Approaches within the context of Performance/Sport Psychology and Mental Toughness Training.

I believe that my responsibility as a psychologist is not to fix every problem, but rather to collaborate with my clients in building their coping skills; helping them to access different skills and resources; and facilitating the process of finding alternative ways of creating meaning. I believe that everyone is capable of growing and changing their ways of thinking and understanding; their ways of making meaning; and their relationships.

To this end, my goal as a psychologist is to facilitate and foster sustainable psychological health and well-being. In other words, I hope to work myself out of a job.

Warm regards,

Marlé.

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Deliberate self-harm amongst teenagers into young adulthood

25%

Anxiety disorders amongst children between 13 and 18 years old

10%

Adolescents with any anxiety disorder

31.9%%

Percentage of people with mental disorders who remain untreated in developing countries

75%

Individual Therapy

Children, Adolescents and Adults

Sport / Performance Psychology

Including Mental Toughness Training

Relationship Therapy

Marriages, Parent/Children, Friendships, Work & Business Relationships

Psycho-educational

Workshops

Stress Management and relaxation techniques | Exam Preparation | Mental-health Management | Bullying | Peer Pressure | Sexuality | Self-esteem (etc.)

Assessments

Psychological Assessment | Career Assessment