THERAPISTS



Kerryn Giles
Educational Psychologist

Kerryn is an Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She completed her BA, B.Ed (Honours) (Educational Psychology), and M.Ed (Educational Psychology) degrees at the University of Pretoria. She was afforded the opportunity to further her education abroad and completed 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, particularly children, and their families 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, learning difficulties, and other barriers to learning and development. She works from a client-centred, systemic perspective and firmly believes that each person has the potential to flourish.



Anke Lampen
Educational Psychologist

Anke is an Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and went on to complete her Honours in Psychology and then her Masters in Educational Psychology also at the University of the Witwatersrand. Anke completed her internship at The Family Life Centre in Parkwood Johannesburg, where she had the privilege of working with children, adolescents and families from a variety of different backgrounds. She has a special interest in working with children and adolescents and believes in the innate abilities and strengths of all children. Anke aims to create an emotionally safe and containing environment for her clients and strives to assist individuals in reaching optimal emotional health in order to live balanced and healthy lives.

Her main areas of interest and practice are play therapy, adolescent therapy, family therapy, parental guidance, and assessments.



Gaby Shapiro
Educational Psychologist

Gaby Shapiro is an Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She has completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Honours degrees as well as her Master of Education in Educational Psychology, all at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Gaby works with children, parents, teachers and other professionals involved in the social, emotional, and academic functioning of the child. She has worked with various schools and non-profit organisations, in different communities. Within these domains, Gaby has formed part of multi-disciplinary teams focused on supporting the development and well-being of clients.

Gaby places emphasis on working holistically to support the needs of children and their families in multiple settings, including at school and at home. She works predominantly from a psychodynamic perspective, adapting her approach best suit her clients’ social, emotional, and psychological needs.

Her main areas of interest and practice are play therapy, adolescent therapy, parental guidance, and psycho-educational assessments.




Mégan-Lee Coetzee
Educational Psychologist

Mégan-Lee Coetzee is an Educational Psychologist. 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.

Mégan-Lee is currently employed as an Educational Psychologist and Head of the Learner Support Department at Heron Bridge Preparatory. She also spends time working with children across age ranges in private practice. 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 previously worked at Kingsway Christian School and at St Stithian’s Girls’ Preparatory. She has provided preventative Social-Emotional Lessons which aim to equip children with the skills needed to cope both emotionally and socially in their environments, online and offline. 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’.



Jessica Saieva
Registered Counsellor

Jessica is a Registered Counsellor, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She completed her BEd (Foundation Phase) (Cum Laude) and BEd 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 MEd (Educational Psychology) at the University of Pretoria.

Jessica has worked as a teacher in the Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phases, working within both government and private schools. She completed her Registered Counsellor internship at Beaumont Primary School in the Western Cape, where she had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, educators, and families from a variety of different backgrounds. Jessica has tutored in the Department of Educational Psychology at both Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria. These experiences highlighted the vital importance of preventative interventions in supporting the well-being and optimal functioning of individuals and their support systems.

Jessica is particularly passionate about early childhood development, mindfulness and narrative-based counselling, parent and family guidance, supporting barriers to learning, and lifestyle adjustment and management. She is an advocate for self-acceptance and –love, with counselling focusing on developing one’s relationship with the self and others around them. She works from an eclectic approach to best support each client in flourishing and moving closer towards their true potential.



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