Hi, I'm Michelle
The decision to start therapy may not be easy; it takes courage to face possible painful feelings. Furthermore, the current Covid-19 pandemic has also caused many changes, loss and difficulties in our lives. It may also cause depression, anxiety and activation of previous traumatic memories.
I enjoy helping people to deal with life challenges and developmental problems to optimise psychological well-being. My approach is to work together with clients 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.
I place great importance on creating a safe space for open expression of all thoughts and feelings. I will normally base the type of therapy on each individual need of the client. Sometimes a person may just want a person to talk to who is neutral and non-judgmental. This may prove helpful in a person’s life and is generally referred to as counselling. Generally a counsellor / therapist does not provide advice, but rather helps a person think and understand their problems so as to empower them to help themselves.
Psychotherapy, however, is a more in depth form of treatment that helps a person understand themselves and their reactions better so as to provide more freedom in their way of relating to themselves and others. This also generally has the effect of providing relief for emotional distress. I use well established and researched methods of working therapeutically.
Michelle's ready to help you improve your mental health.
Michelle is currently registered as a provisional 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 12 years 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
Learn more about the various mental health challenges that Michelle can help you with.