About Me

A summary of qualifications and work experience

 

This is My Professional Story

I am a registered psychologist with the HPCSA, BHF and EAGALA (UK), with 23 years experience (as at 2017) in private practice.

I completed my B.A. Music degree with Psychology, Violin and Piano as main subjects in 1990. Subsequently, in 1991 I obtained my B.A. Honours degree and studied further the following year (1992) to complete my Master’s degree in Psychology.

In the same year of 1992, while doing an internship as a Psychologist, I registered as a Psychometrist. In 1994 I registered as a Psychologist and started a private practice.

I did various industry related diplomas and certifications throughout the years:

* 1993 – Diploma in Support of Alcoholics (Aurora Alcohol and Drugs Clinic)

* 1995 – Diploma in Phase 1 Clinical Hypnosis ( SACHS)

* 1998 – Diploma in Developmental Touch Therapy

* 2008 & 2010 – Certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP – EAGALA – United Kingdom)

Professional Registrations

Registration: Registered Psychometrist
Professional body of registration: Professional Board of Psychology, South African Medical and Dental Council/ Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
Date of registration: 1992 – 2000

Registration: Registered Counselling Psychologist
Professional body of registration: HPCSA
Date of registration: 1994
Registration number: PS0040487

Registration: Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
Professional body of registration: EAGALA, UK
Date of registration: 2008

Membership of Professional Societies, Committees and Positions held

Representative for Free State Psychological Society of South Africa (Psyssa) Branch (August 2011)
Member of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA)
Member of Counselling Psychology Division of PsySSA
Member of Health Psychology Division of PsySSA
Member of Clinical Hypnosis Division of PsySSA (1994 – 2000)
Member of South African Private Practitioners Society of PsySSA (1994 – 2000)
Member of Paediatric and Neurological Development Association (PANDA) (1998 – 2000)
Executive committee member of Rosepark Neonatal Support Group (RNO) (1999 – 2000)
Executive committee member of Oranjemed Independent Practitioners Association (1999 – 2000)
Member of EAGALA, UK (2008-current)

Workshops, Symposia and Congresses Attended

3rd Annual Congress, Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), Durban, 1997
8th Annual Congress, Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), Cape Town, 2002
17th Annual Congress, Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), Johannesburg, 2011
30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP), Cape Town, 2012
Psychopharmacology Course, PsySSA, 1999-2000
Psychiatry Refresher Course, Department of Family Medicine, UFS, 2006
Psychology CPD-Well Program, University of Stellenbosch, 2007-2010
Ethical decision-making: A principle approach, 2009
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with Adolescents, 2011
Client Records in the 21st Century, 2011
Inter-Ed: Ethics of Law for Psychologists, August 2012

Attended various other work related courses and symposia, including therapy enhancing workshops, such as play therapy courses, cognitive- behavioural therapy, marriage counselling and ethics in private practice.

Courses/Lectures presented

Life-skills lectures for Department of Social Work, UFS, 1993
Psychology lectures for postgraduate (M. Fam. Med) medical students, Department of Family Medicine, UFS, 1994
Wellness at Workplace lectures for Old Mutual Senior Management Personnel (2008, 2009)
Wellness at Workplace Lectures for Nampo Management (1997)
Weekly group sessions at Hospital Park Clinic (1997 – 2000)
Life skills course for Frankfort community and general practitioners (1996)
Lectures on Medicine and Horsemanship for Bloemcare Psychiatric Hospital personnel (2011)
Life skills courses for children at different schools
Weekly EAP sessions for Bloemcare Teenage Unit (2011)
Supervision for intern psychometrists
UFS Contract Lecturer for Honours Program (Perspectives on groups, Community Psychology) (2011)
Supervisor for Jim Fouche High School Learner Support Centre
(Psychotherapy, Academic and Study support, Psychometric tests, Career Guidance) (2012)
Supervisor for Intern-Counsellors Jim Fouche High School (2012)

Research qualifications/ experience

Student Research Assistant for Dr. Grobler, Department of Psychology, UFS (1991)
Research psychologist for Prof. W. Albertyn, Department of Neuro Surgery, Universitas Hospital (1993). Research project: The Psychological Effect of Singulotomy on Patients with Depression.
Research psychologist for Prof. Lombie Odendaal, Pain Clinic, Universitas Hospital (1994)
Research Assistant for Dr. Arndt de Waal, Department of Pharmacology, UFS (1996)
Completed three ICH-GCP (Medical Research) courses
Medical Writer (Research), Department Biostatistics, 3Clinical Research, 3C Company, Berlin, Germany (2000-2003)
Certificate in Basic Research Statistics, 3C Company (2001)
Certificate in Structure and Content of Clinical Research Study Reports (1), 3C Company (2001)
Certificate in Structure and Content of Clinical Research Study Reports (2), 3C Company (2001)
Study Site Coordinator for Pfizer Clinical Research Trial: A Phase IIIB , Randomized, Double-Blind, Double-Dummy Study to compare the Efficacy and Safety of Abatacept Administered Subcutaneously and Intravenously in subjects with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Protocol No: IM101-174
Attended Start-Up Meeting for above-mentioned Clinical Research Trial in Hong Kong, 2007

Professional Experience

Intern Psychologist at EPOG Clinic (UFS), South African National Defence Force and Aurora Rehabilitation Centre (1992 – 1994)
Private practice as Psychologist at Rosepark Private Hospital (1994 – 2000)
Lead therapist for weekly group sessions (1997 – 2000)
Medical Research Writer (Research), Department Biostatistics, 3Clinical Research, 3C Company, Berlin, Germany (2000-2003)
Writing of research study protocols, informed consent forms and integrated reports
Contribute to establish and maintain templates and tools for Medical Research Writing
Contribute to establishing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Medical Research Writing

Private practice as Counselling Psychologist in Bloemfontein (2003 –)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapist (2008- current)

(Psychotherapy with horses as therapists for mood disorders, family therapy, team-building, leadership development for companies and school leaders)
Contract Lecturer, UFS, 2011