SERVICES



As a mental health centre, we offer a number of services to support individuals’ well-being and mental health.
1. PLAY THERAPY

“Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet” – Virginia Axline

Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilises play to support children with a variety of emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties. Emotional responses and experiences can be complex concepts and our children do not always have the cognitive or language skills to work through these verbally. Play therapy provides them with a space to express themselves and explore their concerns without having to verbalise them. Play therapy can support children to enhance their communication with others, express their feelings, explore and learn alternative behaviours, and develop and practice problem-solving skills.

Play therapy can assist with a verity of difficulties, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Difficulties relating to self-confidence
  • Peer pressure
  • Worries and fears
  • Anger and aggression
  • Difficulties relating to social skills and interactions
  • Issues relating to identify development
2. PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING

“Every crisis contains within it the seeds for transformation and growth” – Jodie Gale

Psychotherapy and counselling can take the form of either individual or group therapy. In individual therapy or counselling, an individual works one-on-one with a psychologist or counsellor in a safe, caring and accepting environment to explore a variety of areas, and develop healthy coping strategies. Through psychotherapy or counselling, individuals are able to explore difficulties that they are currently experiencing. Individual psychotherapy or counselling includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention difficulties
  • Anger & aggression
  • Trauma,
  • Grief
  • Career counselling
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Worries and fears
  • Learning support
  • Emotional intelligence – self-awareness, emotional regulation, self-esteem
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Work and study habits
  • Social skills
  • Identity development and sense of self
  • Lifestyle management

Similarly, group psychotherapy or counselling provides a space for people with similar experiences to come together with a registered psychological practitioner. Through this process, the group supports one another while exploring specific areas of difficulty and potential coping mechanisms. All members of the group session participate and contribute to the process by sharing, listening to one another, and supporting each other. Group therapy can include family counselling, groups for parental support, as well as groups to support younger clients and clients with specific needs, such as social skills training and emotional intelligence.

3. ASSESSMENTS

“Every child is gifted; they just unwrap their packages at different times” - Unknown

Psychological and psycho-educational assessments are offered by our team in order to investigate, identify, and support an individual’s strengths and areas for growth. These assessments are conducted using standardised psychometric instruments and can be tailored to suit the specific purpose of assessment.

We offer the following types of assessments:

  • Developmental assessments which evaluate various aspects of a child’s development, including perceptual, physical, emotional, and social development.
  • School readiness assessments are used to gain insight into a child’s current readiness for formal schooling. These assessments incorporate an evaluation of cognitive, emotional, and developmental abilities. The results of these assessments can be used to identify possible areas of support for your child and to determine the most effective support plan.
  • Psycho-educational assessments are conducted for school-age children. These assessments evaluate cognitive, scholastic, and emotional functioning. This information is collated and interpreted to gain insight into the child’s strengths and areas for growth and to inform an appropriate support plan.
  • Assessments required for concession applications.
  • Subject-choice and career guidance assessments which are conducted to gain insight into an individual’s aptitude, interests, and personality, as well as their career narrative, in order for the individual to make an informed decision regarding their subject- or career choice.
4. CAREER GUIDANCE

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion, for your passion will lead you right into your purpose” – Bishop T.D. Jakes

Career guidance involves psychometric testing as well as a more narrative approach to selecting a career. The practice operates based on the premise that career choice is closely linked to identity development. Accordingly, our career guidance provides clients with the opportunity to further explore who they are as part of the process.

5. WORKSHOPS AND TALKS

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” – John Woode

Our practitioners are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise with their clients and the wider community. We offer workshops and talks on a variety of topics in order to equip parents, educators, schools, and other role-players to effectively support individuals, particularly children, who may be experiencing a barrier to learning or development. Our workshops and talks have a specific focus on providing knowledge with the aim of enhancing functioning, providing appropriate support, and promoting well-being.

Some of the workshops we have offered include:

  • Study Skills (for learners and for parents)
  • Red Flags for Barriers to Learning for Teachers
  • Supporting Literacy Development in the Foundation Phase
  • Combating Stress and Negativity (for learners)
  • Demystifying ADHD
  • Emotional and Social School Readiness
  • Bullying

Workshops and talks can also be tailored according to your needs or requests.

Other types of workshops that can be offered include:

Parent guidance and support
Parent guidance and support sessions can be carried out in a group context, or individually to support parents in meeting the unique and specific needs of their children, as well as their family as a whole. These sessions aim to facilitate positive change in the home environment. This can be related to issues such as behaviour and discipline, psycho-education regarding your child’s abilities or diagnosis, structure and routine in the home, and coping strategies.

Educator and School Training, Guidance, And Support
Educator and school training, guidance, and support aim to provide valuable insight, understanding and support around the various psychosocial issues faced in South African schools.

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