Can you hear me? Are you okay? ‘Tele-therapy’ during COVID19

COVID19 has brought about a new normal for many of us. As mental health professionals providing face to face counseling services to victims of violence and trauma, our new normal became tele-therapy. Some of us had done this in bits and pieces over our years of practice but never to this extent, never for aContinue reading “Can you hear me? Are you okay? ‘Tele-therapy’ during COVID19”

Trauma in the air: Catastrophe and/or transformation

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the often-masked reality that mental health is as much a societal issue as it is an individual one. In 2020, COVID19 has united South Africans and the Global community as we face a common enemy, resulting in a collective trauma experience. Our mental well-being as a society has been ‘shook’,Continue reading “Trauma in the air: Catastrophe and/or transformation”

SGBV and Healing:Intervention recommendations by CSVR practitioners

Following the previous blog, Don’t call me a ‘women’, in which reflections focused on SGBV in South Africa and its escalation, the CSVR Mental health and Psychosocial team set together to brainstorm ways of intervening. CSVR has for the past 30 years been offering mental health and psychosocial interventions for survivors of sexual and genderContinue reading “SGBV and Healing:Intervention recommendations by CSVR practitioners”

Don’t call me a ‘women’

….. if it means you think I’m weak, a sexual object or your punching bag Violence against women continues to increase and the acts of violence continue to shock readers on media reports. Dare we say, the violence has become more brutal. Violence against women has been recognised as an international public health and humanContinue reading “Don’t call me a ‘women’”

What Comforts us during this time?

Last year, when Covid-19 started making waves in the news, it was so far away from me and I was even arrogant enough to think it was not going to affect me. The day it reached South Africa I was out of the country, when I came back I had to be isolated and allContinue reading “What Comforts us during this time?”