Our team of psychologists
Our psychologists are based in Sandton and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Health Care Funders (BHF).
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Director & Clinical Psychologist
“We are all a little broken but broken crayons still colour” Trent Shelton. This is one of my favourite quotes because it demystifies the myth that we should be perfect. We should not be perfect! In order to be true to ourselves, we need to see that we are a little broken.
My interests in psychotherapy are broad, as I enjoy forming therapeutic relationships with clients and facilitating a healing process. I am flexible in my working modality, as I have been exposed to various settings and different clientele.
My interventions are determined by the client’s needs. I use both short term and long-term approaches depending on the need at the time. I do however, favour a psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy, which involves exploring clients’ difficulties in depth, in a way that has the potential to create profound and sustained change.
Nthopele T. Mabandla
“When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for.” Carl Rogers
Nthopele is an HPCSA registered Counselling Psychologist and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS).
Nthopele has experience in both adult and child psychotherapy, psychological assessments, mental wellness presentations as well as medico-legal assessments. She has worked in various mental health institutions such as WITS’s CCDU (Counselling and Careers Development Unit), SADAG, Lifeline and UBUBELE to name a few.
With a strong psychodynamic background, Nthopele does utilise various therapeutic modalities – such as CBT and or SFT- relevant to the client’s needs and context. She believes that psychotherapy cannot happen in a vacuum and that one ought to be mindful of issues of diversity and socio-economic factors. Nthopele is interested in forming synergies between traditional psychotherapy and alternate therapies and in this complex fast-paced world, believes that mental health and wellness is a combination of a healthy mind, body and spirit.
“A Healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds the space for you while you waken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself” Maryam Hasnaa
I am an HPCSA registered Clinical Psychologist. I hold the following qualifications; MA Clinical Psychology (UNISA), BA (Hons) Psychology (UNISA), BA (Hons) Social Science (UJ) and a BA Child & Family Psychology (UJ).
I have worked at Helen Joseph Hospital, Correctional Service and Social Development.
My background and training is predominantly Systems and psycho-dynamic. The interventions I implement in psychotherapy are broad as I work from a person-centred approach. I am an advocate of the client being given a space to narrate their story and in so doing being able to play an active role in their healing process. I have interest and experience in working with; trauma,
grief & amp; loss, Individuals, couples, families, personality disorders and mood disorders.
I am also very passionate about Indigenous Knowledge systems, African Epistemology and exploring healing from an African perspective.
“The longing to belong and to be prized by one’s peers permeates childhood and adolescence and can be compelling and anxiety provoking at any time in life…This need… is a fundamental part of being human; according to object relations theory, we become ourselves by being recognised and loved by others.”
I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand, and I currently hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. My experience in psychotherapy is broad as I have worked with young children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in various contexts.
My interests include working psychodynamically, although, I prefer to take on an integrative perspective based on the needs of the client. I am interested in object relations and how our relationships with those around us affect and shape us into developing certain behaviors, thinking patterns and feelings. I believe that our closest relationships from childhood to adulthood have the power to have an impact on our psychological states. I am passionate about assisting individuals, families and couples navigate their relationships to foster healthy relationships with others and with themselves.