Akeso Stepping Stones
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When I left school I studied counselling for 3 years and then worked as a youth worker/ counsellor with under 30’s for 6 years. It was much later that I decided that I needed to up-skill and furthered my studies to become a Clinical Psychologist. For me foundational to any therapy is not the technique or method but whether I can truly see and understand the client. Also that they feel truly cared for without judgment. I believe that self-acceptance and self-love is a foundation worth building on and that it to be the cure of many psychological ills.
One of my favourite hobbies is photography. I enjoy being creative and I bring creativity into my psychology sessions. I am always looking for ways to help my clients see things differently. Talking and being listened to helps, but what if we can find a live and interactive way to inspire you to new things.
I am also deeply spiritual. My belief in respecting and loving all of life and oneself is central. Life is full of subtle messages that we miss in our modern rushed existence. The seeing and appreciation of all that is and how it exists in its simple yet profound form. Mindfulness helps us to stay in the moment and to be aware, so much of our lives is missed with longing for what we do not have, instead of awareness and living in what we do. I prefer spirituality as opposed to religion, while both can add value to our lives, Spirituality is more the individual’s heartfelt response to the belief that there is a greater power out there. Religion is more the man-made constructs that are designed to help our spiritual expression but often inhibit, burden, or leave a person feeling guilty.
I enjoy an eclectic approach, drawing on self-psychology, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, DBT, and CBT amongst others. I have a special interest in borderline personality disorder, different types of psychotic disorders, chronic pain, and family therapy. I am LGBT friendly and esoteric friendly. Being a parent myself I have a deep appreciation for the struggles parents go through with their children, especially children with special needs.
MA Clinical Psychology (University of Cape Town) 2016
BA Honours in Psychology (Cornerstone Institute) (2013) – with a special focus on family therapy
LTH Counselling and Theology (Cornerstone Institute) (1998)