Zaakirah Mohamed

Name:                                     Zaakirah
Surname:                                Mohamed
Present Occupation:             Educational Psychologist

I started my career as a foundation phase educator but soon realized 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.

Zaakirah Mohamed, Educational Psychologist

Educational Psychologist

Zaakirah Mohamed started her career as a foundation phase teacher 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 she felt that she can make a difference.  

She is currently a registered Educational psychologist working in private practice. Her field of interest has always been learning disabilities and school readiness. She has completed her honours research on “teachers’ perceptions of LD” and this research has been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  

She has run workshops for teachers on various topics such as school readiness, classroom management and learning difficulties at various schools. She conducted her internship at both a private and government remedial school. At both of these sites, she worked in a multi-disciplinary team. The professionals which she interacted with on a daily basis were remedial therapists, a psychometrist, an occupational therapist, a social worker and other psychologists. 

She had the pleasure of working with a wonderful supervisor who exposed her to various interventions namely rational emotive therapy, solution focussed therapy, psychodynamic interventions and narrative therapy.

Her areas of speciality include:

  • Psycho-educational Assessments
  • Subject Choice Assessments
  • Career Counselling
  • Parent Guidance
  • Learning Support
  • Play therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Child, Adolescent, Parent and Teacher Workshops

Her understanding in her field has been enriched by working in private practice, mainstream and remedial schools as well as being part of a corporate environment, whereby the focus is empowering young people with skills in order to gain employment.

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