“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau
I love stories. I have always loved stories. All kinds of stories. Old stories, new stories, long stories, short stories…I enjoy them all.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are those of sitting at my grandfather’s feet, lost in his latest tale…. I secretly believe that his stories played a significant role in shaping me into being a therapist. Stories have never lost their power to thrill me, and following story after story, in the fashion of Hansel and Gretel tracing their pebbles one-by-one to find their way back home, I became a full time listener.
As a therapist, I get to listen to the real life stories of real life humans, living through heartbreak to hope with the unexpected twists and turns they meet along the roads they travel.
I then have the honor of being present when they remember their courage and spark their creativity to get to work and shape the unfolding of their life’s stories in a way that brings more meaning, balance and joy.
I studied Psychology at the University of Johannesburg and obtained a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch in 1998. I have been working in private practice in Kenridge, Durbanville, since 1999. I have lectured Social Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch and I have taught at the Huguenot College in Wellington.
Interests & Community Work
My special interests includes working therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults in dealing with the challenges that life may hold, psychoeducational assessments for children in need of scholastic support and I offer group work in the form of specialized workshops for women.
Connectedness to my community is a high priority and I support two home grown non-profit organizations close to my heart. I assist with screening children for ADHD, present talks on parenting skills and ADHD and I lead group therapy circles for parents and siblings of differently abled children.
For more information on what is happening close to home, follow the links to:
Goldilocks and the Bear for ADHD
Where underprivileged communities receive screening and intervention services for various barriers to learning. Visit them today at gb4adhd.co.za
Raising Hope SA
Where people with disability are supported to create and see possibility. This NPO was founded by Ashlyn Klinkradt at the age of 13 and it is still growing strong. Visit them today at raisinghopesa.com
Tell Me Your Story
I work comfortably in both Afrikaans and English and Skype or video calls makes sessions possible for clients further afield.
I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South-Africa (Practitioner number PS 0061360), as well as with the Board of Healthcare Funders, (Practice number 8645140).