Meet Our Team
At creative counselling centre, we believe in working within a team, and collaborative approach.
Through this multidisciplinary approach working internally and outsourcing counsellors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, families and allied health providers, we strive to provide the best service to our clients
Specialist Wellness Counsellor (SWC18/286)
MA Art Therapy Candidate (LASALLE College of the Arts)
I have for the past five years worked within multi-culturally settings as a registered specialist wellness counsellor in private, hospital, community, group, school and individual settings. I'm currently completing my Masters in Art Psychotherapy from Lasalle College of the Arts.
With my BA in Psychology (University of Pretoria) and Honours degree in Counselling Psychology (University of South Africa), I gained valuable experience as an HIV, Sex and Gender Counsellor at the University of Pretoria. After I obtained my degrees I proceeded to complete Certification in Counselling and Couples Counselling, receiving training in Cognitive, Behavioural Counselling, Narrative and Imago Couples Counselling.
I further specialised with a certification in Arts Therapy techniques and Advanced Certification in Gestalt Play Therapy techniques. I went on to obtain a Board Certification as an Autism Technician, providing one-to-one Applied Behaviour Analysis. Here I worked extensively within the school system, helping children with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders.
While working with children and teenagers, I make uses art, play, music and sand tray techniques, following the Gestalt school of psychology. I look to address emotional difficulties while incorporating behaviour intervention so as to aid childhood development while working alongside parents making use of a systemic approach. I work alongside younger clients to help develop skills to manage and process stress, traumas, behavioural and learning difficulties while forming a creative, safe and empowering space for the child to develop.
While working with adults, I incorporate cognitive, and behavioural intervention, creative gestalt intervention, as well as my experience and training in transactional analysis to help address issues related to substance misuse, stress, bereavement, and to resolve conflicts, improve relationships, and manage challenges.
Alex further has a great passion for resolving conflict and facilitating mediation between couples and helping build relationships, using IMAGO couples counselling.
Top Tip: Challange yourself, your thoughts and develop your wellness, through balancing emotional, occupational, financial, social, spiritual, physical, intellectual and environmental domains of wellness.
Dip. Art Therapy (HELIOS), Cert. Art Therapy (Y1,Y2, Y3) (HELIOS), Cert. Counselling (STREPCO), Cert. Neuroscience Coaching (UP), Cert. TESOL(WITS)
I am a registered counsellor with the Counsil for Counsellors of South Afirca, practicing since 2014 with a special interest in using the arts and creativity to help clients move forward into a balanced life. I hold a three-year qualification in counselling as well as a certificate in neuroscience coaching, the STREPCO approach to counselling as well as my TESOL certification in teaching English.
My high school art teacher was my biggest influence in leading me to the art in wellness field. I had a love for art and a passion for helping people. I wanted to intertwine the two which lead me to using creative counselling.
The reason I do what I do, and will continue for years to come, is the hope and beleive for change. I want to help people find a voice for self expression with creativity. To encourage them to discover and nurture their true sense of self. Imagine a self aware society capable of creating a harmonious co-existence. People who learn to love themselves can impact our society for the better.
I am constantly involved with research and researching, reading and keeping up to date with current developments within the wellness and counselling field. I regularly attend continued professional development (CPD) training to ensure our clients are receiving the most relevant and ethical wellness care.
A turning point for me in practice was moving into collaborative work. It was here I gained the value of genuine professional support, the value of exchanged ideas and the respect of a multidisciplinary team. This not only benefited me in my personal capacity but I watched my clients reap the benfits of a new approach . I used to fear chang, but everything changed when I found the joy of travelling. Today, I seek out adventure and embrace change.
Top tip: Practice Active Listening -
This is a skill you need to practise. When the people in your life speak - Really be in the moment (eliminating distractions like TV and cellphones) you would be amazed at what we can hear when we attend to the moments where listening is required and how this strengthens respect, relationships and understanding. I believe learning to actively listen would eliminate many communication problems.