Hi, I'm Michelle
I’m a registered psychologist with AHPRA with 13 years experience in providing psychotherapy in South Africa and more recently in Australia. I am passionate about the process of psychotherapy and truly love the work I do.
I’m trained to help people to deal with life challenges and developmental problems to optimise psychological well-being. I work together with a client to process feelings and to develop self-insight and understanding. This aims to alleviate distress as well as to provide different ways of thinking, being and relating to the self and others.
The decision to start therapy may not be easy; it takes courage to face painful feelings. This is why therapists place great importance on creating a confidential and safe space for clients to express their feelings openly. I believe a person who enters therapy should be able to express all their emotional feelings, doubts and questions and I aim to create a safe space to be able to open up a conversation with the vulnerable parts of the self.
Michelle's ready to help you improve your mental health.
Michelle is registered as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She completed a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2008 at the University of Witwatersrand and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Research Psychology) in 2006 at the same university. She also completed, a Bachelor of Science (honours) in psychology in 2001 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Psychology in 2000
She is trained in several evidence-based approaches including Person Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
She generally uses what is called psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as person-centered therapy because these therapies view the person and their problems holistically and do not only focus on the symptoms
Michelle has over 123years experience in providing individual therapy and couples counselling across age, race, cultural and socio-economic populations. She also has experience in conducting workshops and training and supervising of intern psychologists. She has a lot of experience in providing face to face as well as online psychotherapy.
She has a lot of experience in dealing with people who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, bereavement, depression and anxiety. She also has a lot of experience in working with communities from disadvantaged backgrounds and working with people who have HIV.
She keeps up-to-date with the latest developments in the field by regularly attending and presenting at seminars and academic theory presentations.
Areas of experience
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