Clinical Psychologist in Cape Town

Contact Details

Phone Number:
083 388 8173
Secondary Number:
084 872 2902
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Physical Address

2 Hemyock Road

Office Hours / Trading Hours

Monday: 8:00 - 18:00
Tuesday: 8:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 8:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 18:00
Friday: 8:00 - 18:00

Operational Locations

Western Cape

Introduction of Clinical Psychologist in Cape Town

I am a registered Clinical Psychologist practising in Plumstead, Cape Town, on 2 Hemyock Road. I employ an eclectic approach tailored to meet the needs of the individual, family, or couple. My interests, amongst several others, are depressive and anxiety disorders, bereavement/trauma, adolescent therapy, marital discord, and personality disorders.

About Clinical Psychologist in Cape Town

Having trained at UNISA my approach to therapy is largely informed by Systemic Theory. This theory holds that problems can be understood practically rather than analytically. Thus, rather than trying to determine past causes of behaviours and/or symptoms such as early traumas etc the Systemic Therapist identifies here-and-now patterns in the individual, couple, or family that maintain the problem and addresses them directly. An example of such a pattern in the family is the double-bind hypothesis:

The double-bind hypothesis highlights the role of conflicting messages in the formation of problems. A double-bind occurs when an individual is exposed to two orders of messages and where one message denies the other. For example, a mother may inform her son that he needs to be more independent and to make decisions for himself, as she is tired of caring for him. Simultaneously, the boy receives an additional message that any act of independence must be according to his mothers standards and not that of his own. Consequently, the boy in this predicament is unable to act independently, as this will upset his mother. Alternatively, if the boy does not act independently then he will also upset his mother, as she will have to continue to care for him. Thus, the boy does not know what message to respond to. Further, if he responds to either message he will upset his mother. Thus, he is "damned if he does and he is damned if he doesn't". Following constant double-bind messages, Bateson (1972) notes that an individual will begin to display a lack of sensitivity to signals that accompany messages.

Systemic Therapy therefore punctuates as well as treats problems in the context of relationships. It's for this reason that it's particularly effective in treating families and couples. Of course, this doesn't exclude it's relevance in individual therapy - Systemic Therapists will treat the client's stuck patterns that emerge with him or herself in the therapy session.

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