Jeanne Vorster Naidoo Chartered Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist

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My approach

Rigorous training demanded my own experience of personal therapy, which informs my understanding of what it feels like to sit in the chair of the client or patient. I endeavour to engage in an honest and empathic therapeutic relationship where you are encouraged to explore personal issues in a trustworthy and confidential environment. My style is relational as I believe the nature of the therapeutic relationship is essential for productive psychotherapy. I am invested in establishing a collaborative and secure relationship with you and aim to manage silences productively.

Individual psychotherapy

When we are no longer able to change a situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Our ability to manage emotions and our capacity to regulate emotions depend to a great extent on past experiences. Early experiences can lead to the development of automatic or unconscious emotional responses or behavioural patterns that may hold us back in life.

Individual therapy involves a process of accessing past experiences within a safe and contained environment. This process leads to the development of self-awareness and improves self-knowledge. With greater insight about ourselves we are able to reflect on the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that limit our experience of engaging in meaningful relationships or leading fulfilling lives.

In some situations, an individual may be acutely aware of painful or self-defeating patterns but feel unable to change them. Psychodynamic therapy, or insight-oriented therapy, focuses on the connection between current difficulties and past experiences. These early experiences are explored not to find blame but rather to understand recurring unwanted experiences.

I predominantly work from a psychodynamic perspective and integrate other models, e.g. CBT for Eating disorders (CBT-E) according to the presenting problem or individual need.

Effective psychotherapy should not only relieve symptoms but also aids the development of psychological resilience and resources. This may be reflected in the following:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Feeling increasingly fulfilled and connected in relationships
  • Being emotionally tolerant of oneself and of others
  • Experiencing self-acceptance and being more accepting of others
  • Feeling present and engaged in the world
  • Making healthy and empowered decisions
  • Being aware of one’s vision for the future

How can psychotherapy benefit me?

Therapy sessions are confidential; this provides you with an opportunity to talk about thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences that you may not wish to discuss with anyone else. The nature of the therapeutic relationship enables you to express yourself with the view to developing a deeper understanding of your difficulties. Therapy may help you to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will ultimately improve your relationships and enable you to lead a more fulfilling and authentic life.

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