I completed my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (BSc OT) in 2013, and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand.
I served my community service year at Alexandra Community Health Centre and Eastbank Mental Health Clinic. I worked within a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team where I was the only OT and enjoyed running the department.
I began my own private practice where I committed the bulk of my hours to a local pre-primary school as their in-house OT. I offered individual sessions, home programmes, weekly stimulation groups, educator workshops and parent liaison. I embraced a managerial role at the school, as I saw a need for structure.
In 2016 I began working for Akeso Parktown, managing the Young Adolescent Unit (YAP). I co-ordinate the therapeutic programme offered to the adolescent clients and regularly liaise with the relevant doctors, psychologists and other health professionals for each adolescent admitted.
I facilitate group therapy on all the units, namely the adolescent, general adult and dual diagnosis units. I see individual clients on an in-patient and out-patient basis to assess and treat mental health and psychiatric concerns affecting their functioning.
My areas of interest include adolescent mental health, experiential group therapy, mother-child work in the postpartum period, psychiatric work-related assessments, expressive arts (including projective techniques and sand tray therapy), sensory regulation strategies and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
I am currently completing my MSc OT by dissertation in mother-child work.
My studies and therapeutic interactions have highlighted a passion for working with clients with various mental health conditions. I enjoy assisting clients to manage their own conditions effectively, reach their potential and ultimately re-integrate into their communities. I enjoy working within multidisciplinary teams as this allows for learning and a deeper understanding of the different dynamics at play.