Therapist, psychotherapist and clinical psychologist, Joanna Kleovoulou
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Message from Joanna Kleovoulou, Clinical Psychologist & Founder

As the year draws to a close we at PsychMatters Centre have taken some time to reflect – not only on how we can continue to add value to you our invaluable clients, how to improve and grow professionally, and to extend our services to the world, but also to be in deep thankfulness for our accomplishments as a team too.

Here is a sneak review of just a few of the exciting moments 2014 had to offer:

  1. Invitation fortnighyly on Safm Radio, Morning Talk with Rowena Baird to destigmatise mental illnesss, create awareness and maintian mental well-being. (Click here for a snippet with Joanna and Rowena on the Importance of Mental Health)
  2. Added services:
    1. Corporate Psychometric Assessments for our corporate clients seeking Recruitment, Selection and Placement through quantifyiable guidance
    2. Career Assessments for the teen seeking direction and the adult seeking new avenues for inspired work opportunites
    3. Integrative Medical Health Care for the individual needing to take care of not only the symptoms but to treat the cellular cause of dis-ease
    4. Empowering Workshops for children as young as 5 years (Calm Kids Worskhop – please book your 5-7 year-old child on our final Holiday Workshop from 15-19th Dec, including the public holiday) and the growing interest in workshops provided for adults wanting to personally grow, gain insight and powerfully journey through their life (click here for Workshop Training Information).
    5. Mediation for Divorce facilitation and Parenting Plans
    6. Medico-Legal/Neuro-Cognitive Assessments for the road accident fund, head injurys, disability etc.
  3. Working collaboratively with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, a registered NPO, training their volunteer counsellors, as well as assisting them with related media appearances to continue the challenges faced against mental health destigmatisation.
  4. Riding for Charity – although a one-man band, a big thank you to Mr. Chris Philippides, (my husband ) for representing PsychMatters at the 94.7 as well as the Argus this year. Any interest from the public to join in next year, please contact us at reception to arrange.
  5. Continued contributions to the media regarding mental health (to see Sheethal Behari, Clinical Psychologist from PsychMatters, on SABC1, on Healthy Self-Image, click here.)
    Another recent article to read, featured in the Living and Loving Magazine in June this year, on “How to fight like a grown up, arguing tips for parents”, by PsychMatters, click here.

Myself and my team at PsychMatters would like to thank each and every client for your continued support and making your mental health matter! It has been a great privilege to be able to enter your private mental and private space to facilitate change. We at PsychMatters aim to empower all, not only in the Bedfordview and surrounding areas, but all, to live masterfully and joyfully. Keep in mind, that if you do not have a healthy state of mind, it will be difficult for you to live your life to the fullest extent or manage to cope with life’s challenges. Mental health is defined by the World Health Organisation as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

We hope 2014 has been just as meaningful to all of you and we encourage you all to take this time to reflect on significant moments this year as well. We believe that life will mirror back to you what you believe about it, and support your beliefs, as what Henry Ford says, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right,” is a testimony to that.

Helpful Tip to make your 2014 count: Start a new Ritual for your New Year’s Eve:

Create a Family Joy Jar.

  1. Recycle a large empty jar;
  2. Place it in an accessible and central place in your home for all to see;
  3. Keep beside it a pad of paper and a pencil to write with;
  4. Anytime anyone or anything has given you a fuzzy feeling or put a smile to your face, throughout the year, make a note of it, and place it in the Joy Jar;
  5. During your New Year’s Eve dinner, open the jar and read the contents of all the magical moments that have made your family’s year count.

Not only does this enhance connectedness in your relationships, it also allows for the brain to focus on positivity and enhanced mental well-being for all.

We will re-open on the 8th January 2015, revived and ready to assist all to move to great heights.

Happy Holidays, and with deep gratitude,



  • Individual Therapy: for kids -Play Therapy, Teens & Adults
  • Couples/Marriage Counselling
  • Family Therapy
  • Edu-Feedback Play Attention ®: brain training treating AD(H)D; Concentration; Distractibility; Impulsivity, Memory
  • Psycho-Educational/Scholastic Assessments
  • Forensic Assessments: Care-Access; Parenting Plans; Mediation; Psycho-Legal Cases e.g. Road Accident
  • Career-Corporate Assessments: career guidance & corporate recruitment
  • Auditory Integration Processing: Language & Communication; Learning; Emotional & Mood; Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Talks/Workshops

NEW for 2015: Mindfulness Group Workshops to start in January –for those feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, a need to learn to cope masterfully. Facilitated by Clinical Psychologist, Sarit Swisa

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