THERAPISTS



Kerryn Giles
Educational Psychologist

Kerryn is an Educational Psychologist. She completed her M.Ed (Educational Psychology) degree at the University of Pretoria and furthered her education abroad, completing courses on Multicultural Counselling and Family Therapy at Fordham University in New York. With multicultural work being so relevant to the South African context, Kerryn’s Masters research study focused on the issues surrounding psychological assessments in South Africa, particularly in terms of accuracy when used with second language learners.

Kerryn’s passion for Educational Psychology became clear during her undergraduate degree when she worked at The Star Academy, providing individual behavioural therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since then, she has worked in several schools as well as with non-profit organisations to provide educational psychology services where it is needed. Kerryn also lectured in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria and has established her private practice at Child’s Play Therapy Centre.

Across these varied environments, Kerryn has seen the invaluable difference that intervention makes in supporting individuals to enhance their well-being in a number of settings, including at school, home, and in the workplace. Kerryn is especially passionate about identifying and supporting developmental delays, behavioural difficulties, and other barriers to learning and development. She is a certified user of the Griffiths-III Developmental Scales and is a member of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (UK). She works from a client-centred, systemic perspective and firmly believes that each person has the potential to flourish.



Mégan-Lee Coetzee
Educational Psychologist

Mégan-Lee Coetzee is an Educational Psychologist. She completed her M.Ed (Educational Psychology) at the University of Johannesburg. She believes that all children have strengths and are capable of ‘greatness’; it is up to the adults to empower the child and to elicit potential. She chooses to work systemically by partnering closely with parents and caregivers during the therapeutic journey to achieve this.

In addition to practicing at Child’s Play Therapy Centre, Mégan-Lee is currently employed as an Educational Psychologist and Head of the Learner Support Department at Heron Bridge Preparatory. Mégan-Lee has supported many children and teenagers over the years particularly in coping with challenging family dynamics, anxiety, depression, identity issues, and developing confidence and positive self-concepts. Her approaches are tailored to the child and include narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based practices, and other complimentary techniques. Mégan-Lee's greatest passion lies in supporting a child and his/her parents in understanding how the child learns best. This is done through a psycho-educational assessment to gain deeper insight into the holistic profile of a child, identifying strengths and barriers to learning. Her aim is to establish a working relationship with the school and parents to develop and adapt systems so that a child can flourish within the educational context.

Mégan-Lee has provided preventative social-emotional talks which aim to equip children with the skills needed to cope both emotionally and socially in their environments. She has spoken at various conferences for professionals in the education and mental health sectors, as well as parents and caregivers, on topics ranging from: 'Disempowering the Worry Bug’ to 'DeStudy Skilling your Child’ and ‘Cyber-Gender: The Influence of Social Media and the Digital Age on the EQ Development of Boys and Girls’.



Jean Louw
Educational Psychologist

Jean Louw is an Educational Psychologist. He completed his M.Ed in (Educational Psychology) at the University of Pretoria. Before becoming an Educational Psychologist, Jean was a mathematics teacher and has ten years’ teaching experience. As a teacher, he gained valuable experience within educational environments, providing him with insight into supportive school strategies that address the needs of vulnerable learners. Jean’s desire to connect with and facilitate change in youth on an individual level prompted his decision to become an Educational Psychologist.

Jean follows a pragmatic approach to therapy with a special interest in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). IPNB, also termed relational neuroscience, is rooted in attachment theory and sees human development, functioning, and well-being as a product of the interaction between genes and an individual’s relational environment. Jean provides play therapy and individual psychotherapy, as well as psycho-educational assessments. He has a special interest in supporting older children and adolescents.



Jessica Saieva
Registered Counsellor

Jessica is a Registered Counsellor. She completed her B.Ed Honours (Educational Psychology) (Cum Laude) at Stellenbosch University. She is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society and was awarded the Dean’s Medal and Dean’s Award for being the top achieving Honours student within the Faculty of Education. Jessica was also awarded the Rector’s Award for Academic Achievement, achieving the second highest academic results within the Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Education. She has received her Advanced Certification in Gestalt Play Therapy (Centre for Play Therapy and Training) and HIV and AIDS Counsellor Certificate. She is currently working towards completing her M.Ed (Educational Psychology) at the University of Pretoria.

Jessica is particularly passionate about childhood learning and development, mindfulness, and family and couples’ well-being and counselling. As these areas are often interlinked, well-being in one domain is likely to enhance functioning and well-being in other areas of life. These areas of counselling provide individuals with a platform to heal and learn, and together forge a different path. She is an advocate for self-acceptance and –love, with counselling focusing on developing one’s relationship with the self and others. She works from an eclectic approach to best support each client in flourishing and moving closer towards their true potential.



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