June 17, 2016

About Me

profile2I am a Registered Counsellor specialising in sexuality, gender, relationships, parenting and trauma. I provide counselling for individuals and couples, as well as sexuality education workshops for parents and adults.

 

I have a Masters in Psychology (Research) from the University of the Witwatersand.  My thesis looked at how 2014 marticulants evaluated the sex education received in school.

After completing my Honours Degree from WITS, I completed a BPsych equivalent course through Unisa, which included an internship. This enabled me to register as a Registered Counsellor with Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in 2013. After which I began to see clients at my private practice.

I completed my internship at Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma Centre in 2012. I then worked there part time during 2013 as a Trauma Counsellor.  During this time I created and implemented a basic literacy programme to assist our clients with a basic literacy level.

Tools for having “The Talks” –  A 3 day workshops for parent on how to have age-appropriate conversations with their child – based on the World Health Organisation’s Standards for Sexuality Education.  These workshops provide parents with information and skills for having hard conversations about bodies and sexuality with their children.  These workshops are age-specific, and provide age-appropriate information for each of the following age groups:  3-6 year olds; 7-10 year olds; 11-14 year old; and 15 years and older.

I have always had a special interest in Sexuality. However, in South Africa, there are no formally recognised institutions to study sexuality and sex therapy/counselling.  As a result, I have done extensive research into the different aspects of sexuality, and how counselling can assist with specific sexuality related issues.  Both my Honours Thesis and my Masters Thesis (both through WITS) investigate different aspects of sexuality.

 

Media Appearances (and the topics we discussed)

2017

Cape Talk – The importance of parents talking to their children about sex. (I’m on after Anthony Hawthorne from FAMSA, from 09:27 of the podcast)

SHINE – A project focusing on women working in sexuality (Read Here)

Kaya FM – How to speak about sex with children, especially when they have questions (Listen Here)

Footprint Media – What is Sexuality Counselling all about?

BoinQ – Talking about sex education and real world impact of it. (Part One) (Part Two)

City Press – I was interviewed for an article about keeping the spark alive with sex in long term relationships (Read Here)

2016

Chai FM – The importance of speaking to children about their bodies.

2015

SABC 2, Morning LIVE – Sexual Violence in the media, and how it contributes to violent sexual behaviour in children.

Chai FM –  How LGBTIQ teenagers are being stigmatised and bullied at school, with a focus mainly on gay teens.

Kaya FM – The importance of being yourself within relationships, and finding partners who match you.

 

2014

Cliff Central.com – With Mabale Moloi talking about difficult conversations to have with your partner in a relationship (Listen Here)

Power FM –  How these workshops help parents to have these important conversations about sexuality, bodies and boundaries (Listen Here)

Cliff Central – The importance of talking about sexuality with children, in an age-appropriate way; orgasms and more.  (Listen here)

Lucky Entertainment – Talking about Foxy Box, and how toys can increase intimacy in relationships.

Power FM – The importance of talking to teenagers about relationships.

Metro FM – How phone sex can benefit relationships.

etv Great Expectations – How to answer children’s embarrassing questions, how to get your child to school on time in the morning, and how mom’s can start to feel sexy again.

101.9 Chai FM – How to Talk About the Hard Stuff: Sexuality and Gender Education for Parents.

Mix FM – How To Talk About The Hard Stuff: Sexuality and Gender Education for Parents.

Lucky Entertainment – The Importance of Sexuality Education, and Rape Awareness.

 

2013

Mix FM – Sexuality and Truama Counselling.

Metro FM – Relationship Counselling.