Psychotherapy can enable an individual to improve well-being, resolve a crisis, explore a problem, and reduce or overcome troubling thoughts, beliefs, emotions or behaviours. This leads to improved relationships, improved sense of well-being, increased self awareness, increased sense of mastery and the development of interpersonal skills and coping mechanisms.
Assessments are carried out to understand underlying causes of problems at school, work or in relationships. They help to guide intervention appropriately. E.g. if a child is having difficulty at school it is important to clarify if this is due to emotional difficulties (anxiety), learning difficulties (dyslexia), or attentional difficulties (ADHD) among others.
This entails a specialized assessment of individuals who have suffered illness or injury to the brain. E.g. Stroke, dementia, brain tumour, traumatic brain injury, and memory difficulties of unknown origin. Neurocognitive problems may have an impact on interpersonal relationships, ability to carry out activities of daily living, ability to work, and make decisions about finances, etc.
Medico-legal assessments are an intersection between psychology and the justice system. It involves understanding aspects of family law, developmental psychology, psychopathology and family dynamics in order to be able to provide important information to judges, attorneys, legal professionals and parents.
Colleen is a clinical psychologist based in Table View/Parklands in Cape Town. She has extensive experience in psychotherapy and psychological assessment with children, adolescents and adults. She also provides couples therapy as well as family therapy and mediation. Colleen speaks fluent English and Afrikaans and therefore provides psychological services to a wide range of clients. Everyday problems, such as work stress, relationship troubles and coping with illness, can seriously affect your life. Addressing these concerns is vital to enjoying life and maintaining good relationships.