Sharon's Background

I am an Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. I practice in Somerset West in the Western Cape.
I have a passion for working with young people and with teenagers in particular as I have worked with them for my entire working life. After studying teaching and Psychology, I began my career at Constantia School for Girls, a girls’ reformatory in Tokai. Here I was able to learn and to understand, first hand, how to deal with serious behavioural and emotional challenges. I have also worked at Hottentots-Holland High School and at Parel Vallei High School as a school counsellor and teacher, specialising in the teaching of life skills.

In 2003 I studied remedial teaching in order to understand how to support learners with learning barriers. However, I have always been fascinated with Psychology, human behaviour and the resilience of the human spirit and I qualified as a psychologist in 2007. Since then, I have lectured in Developmental Psychology at Helderberg College, conducted workshops in study methods, time management and career development. I have also done diversion programmes with teenagers at risk, worked in private practice and in 2013 I qualified as an addiction counsellor.

I am the proud mother of two amazing teenagers/young men and as a result of the special journey I have enjoyed with them, parenting is very close to my heart.

My areas of interest include:

Assisting teenagers with learning barriers and developmental challenges, emotional, scholastic and behavioural difficulties.

I offer the following services:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychometric assessments: psycho-scholastic, career and subject choice
  • Study skills
  • Assistance with organisation and time management
  • Motivation, goal-setting, self-esteem
  • Addiction

I believe that my work involves trying to assist each client to achieve his/her potential and to achieve healing if that is required. I embrace an eclectic approach and I tailor my sessions to each individual client’s needs.

Academic Qualifications

M.Ed Psychology – Unisa
B.Ed Psychology (Cum Laude) – Unisa
Post Graduate Dip in Addiction Care (Cum Laude) – University of Stellenbosch
Diploma in Special Needs (Remedial) (Cum Laude) – Unisa
Higher Degree in Education – University of Stellenbosch
Honours in Psychology – University of Stellenbosch
Bachelor of Arts – University of Stellenbosch