The British psychotherapist, Susie Orbach, describes it as follows. “People come to therapy when avenues for understanding themselves or moving forward stall. They come because love has gone wrong, because they are frozen in unsatisfactory work or intimate relationships, because they have lost touch with themselves, because they are searching for authenticity, because they don’t know how to let go, because their life is falling in on them, because they have suffered events so bruising they don’t know how to assimilate them…The work of therapy is to open up on the levels of: feelings, words, and ideas. It aims to crack open the existing words, the existing emotions, and the existing ideas. Therapy tries to slow the person sufficiently to hear, feel, and think what they are saying and to have it heard by the therapist.”
I undertook my clinical training (MA Clin Psych) at the University of Johannesburg (formerly Rand Afrikaans University). My student practicum as well as my internship was at Tara Psychiatric Hospital and at Baragwanath Hospital. I have also worked in the primary healthcare environment in the Westrand district outside of Johannesburg.
I believe in ongoing formal and informal training and learning, and so I have further specialised in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I am a member of the South African Psychoanalytic Initiative (SAPI).