Ian is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He completed his training at the University of Pretoria where he obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology. He has also received training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Each individual possesses a unique belief system that they use to navigate their way through life. When we experience challenges our belief systems and thought patterns play a significant role in how we manage and react to these difficulties. There are times when our conditioned approaches and ways of dealing with difficulties prove ineffective which may cause us to feel stuck or perhaps with the perceived inability to take control over certain aspects of our lives. I believe it is during these times people have the capacity to call on resilience factors, coping mechanisms and strategies they weren’t aware of or had been unable to access previously. Insight and perception are incredible human qualities that allow us to learn to manage and still thrive in the presence of life’s challenges. Exploring alternative possibilities and ways of thinking through increasing self-awareness and developing a set of tools and strategies in times of struggle empowers us and embeds coping mechanisms and strategies that can be applied to difficulties that we may face in future.
Ian predominately works from a cognitive-behavioural standpoint, but incorporates other modalities where applicable and as situations and contexts require. He has experience working with adolescents, adults and couples across private practice and inpatient settings. He has also been responsible for conducting individual and group therapy which is geared towards the treatment of substance addiction.
Ian has experience using a variety of psychometric measures in the assessment of emotional functioning, cognitive ability, interest, aptitude, and personality. He has also worked with individuals and teams within the sports and performance fraternity which remains a particular interest of his. He has conducted career and neuropsychological assessments as well as been involved in psycho-legal work. His education and work experience have given him opportunities to work with a diverse array of people and within multidisciplinary teams.