MY MISSION STATEMENT:

My philosophy to empowering an individual entail present-orientated, goal-driven, strength finding therapy, as well as helping individuals gain balance within their social, physical, spiritual, emotional, and academic/work needs.  Empowering an individual also entails increasing an individual’s self-awareness, i.e. identifying your thinking patterns, your emotions, and your behavioural patterns.  Empowerment of an individual is achieved by working from an integrative approach which includes knowledge and experience in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), BrainWorking® Recursive Therapy (BWRT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Play Therapy.

QUALIFICATIONS:

I have attained the following degrees:
Master of Social Science (MSocSci) in Counselling Psychology • UKZN 2018
Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci) Honours in Psychology • UP 2013
 Biological Sciences (BSc) in Human Physiology, Genetics & Psychology • UP 2012

JOURNALS:

I have published a journal article in the journal of Transcultural Psychiatry.
Journal Reference: Labys, C. A., Dreyer, C., & Burns, J. K. (2017). At Zero and Turning in Circles: Refugee Experiences and Coping in Durban, South Africa. Transcultural Psychiatry, 54(5-6), 696-714.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1363461517705570 

REGISTRATIONS:

I am registered as a Counselling Psychologist in Independent Practice with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

ABOUT ME:

I ventured into the psychology profession as I am fascinated by the intricate workings of the human mind and body, and the complex development of human personalities and behaviours.  I also realised that my own demeanour has helped individuals in various ways prior to becoming a psychologist as I have a kind and patient nature, and I wanted to use my strengths to empower others.
I have gained therapeutic experience at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Psychology Clinic on the Howard College campus, at The Kenmont School in Durban, at the Student Counselling Unit at the University of Pretoria, at the Jacaranda Children’s Home in Pretoria, at the Benoni Therapy and Assessment Centre, the Rynfield Therapy and Assessment Centre, at ARC (Addiction and Recovery Centre) and currently work in association with Meaningful Minds Psychologists in Bedfordview.  I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Collectively, the knowledge I have gained and my experiences have provided me with an elaborate understanding of psychopathology, human behaviour, and therapeutic approaches, that I utilise to assist individuals effectively with their specific and unique difficulties.