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Being a contribution:  Even if you don’t realize it, you may be making a difference in the lives of those around you. If the difference seems small to you, it is only because you cannot see its full magnitude.” –  The Art of Possibility, Ben Zander

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I hold a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree as well as a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, both from the South African College of Applied Psychology.  I am also a registered member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (PRC 0035300).  In addition, I have completed Dr Rinda Blom’s introductory and advanced play therapy workshops.

I work primarily with adults and pre-adolescent children, providing individual counselling, parent / children counselling and educational workshops. I have a keen interest in the impact of change and life transitions, dealing with all forms of loss, and trauma.

Apart from running my own business, I have been actively involved with Women for Afrika (www.wfa.org.za) since 2005. Women for Afrika is a voluntary organisation committed to the empowerment of women of all backgrounds and ages  I am a member of the Leadership team for WFA and have been part of the Facilitation Team for the Woman Within training weekends and workshops in South Africa, USA, UK and France.

I am passionate about giving back to my community and have volunteered as a trauma counsellor at the Claremont and Pinelands Police stations. I also volunteer at Hope House (www.hopehouse.org.za), providing play therapy for younger children, general community counselling to families and individuals as well as co-presenting workshops.

I started my working career in Public Relations and then moved on to establish and run the IT Training and Support function for a large financial services company.  After several years I moved into marketing where I eventually became responsible for all aspects of branding, PR, advertising and corporate social responsibility projects. During that time I decided to formalise my business experience and completed a graduate certificate in management (AIM) at the Graduate School of Business at UCT.

I believe my solid business grounding, my studies and volunteer work give me a holistic understanding of the complexities of making life meaningful.