I am a counsellor, registered with SA Council for Counsellors, specialising in trauma, in private practise in Brooklyn, Pretoria. I am also a trainer (both in private practise and for LifeLine Pretoria), a passionate supporter of human rights, an ongoing student at UNISA, and most importantly, a mother, a grandmother, and a great lover of coffee, gardening, and nature!
Since childhood, I have had a passion for understanding people that has translated into a compassionate wish to hold out a hand to them at times when they fear they might stumble. My first career was in nursing, and around ten years ago, I trained in palliative care, working at Sungarden’s Hospice both as a palliative care-giver, and as a trainer of other palliative care-givers. This work was very close to my heart, having been widowed myself in 2004.
From Hospice, I became involved with LifeLine Pretoria, completing both the Personal Growth and Counselling Courses, and working as a counsellor, trainer, facilitator, and finally as Trauma Co-ordinator. Although I am now in private practise, I continue to volunteer as a LifeLine trainer/facilitator and counsellor. I also volunteer as a trauma counsellor for an NGO called Unchain Our Children, and consider my private practise as the vehicle through which I fund my volunteer work.
My counselling philosophy is based on my innate belief that humans are flawed but wonderful beings, and that suffering is an unavoidable part of the journey to find an authentic connection both with our selves, and those we live with, and love. I also believe, however, that as a society, we have become disconnected. Disconnection in suffering results in difficulty in healing.
I believe that the human spirit is strong and that we all have within us the inherent ability to heal. I am passionate about providing a connection, within a safe space, for those in need, and also about helping those who help those in need. I consider it a special privilege to work with others to develop the tools to navigate their journeys of personal growth.