Present Occupation: Educational Psychologist
I started my career as a foundation phase educator but soon realised that many learners are not achieving their full potential because of their emotional, behavioural and academic difficulties. Many of these learners were not receiving the attention that they desperately needed and I felt that I can make a difference. My field of interest has always been learning disabilities and school readiness. I have completed my honours research on “teachers’ perceptions of LD” and this research has been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. As a community project, I have developed interventions to aid learners and teachers to function optimally at school. I worked in a multi-disciplinary team and the professionals which I interacted with on a daily basis are remedial therapists, a psychometrist, an occupational therapist, a social worker and other psychologists. I had the pleasure of working with a wonderful supervisor who exposed me to various interventions namely rational emotive therapy, solution focussed therapy, psychodynamic interventions and narrative therapy. I have experience with working with patients from diverse backgrounds. My specialities are individual therapy, play therapy, group therapy, psycho- educational assessments and workshops. I have done numerous workshops to aid educators dealing with learners with learning difficulties and behavioural problems. My most recent workshop was on the “Neurology and dyslexia” for the Gauteng Department of Education. In addition, I have developed a pro-social handbook for diversion programs for the Department of Social development. Furthermore, I am currently, lecturing psychology students.