Sitting with the wonderful and the tragic within us

‘Strike the women and you strike the rock’-I recall hearing these words as a young girl when I accompanied my mother at marches against women abuse in the 90’s. I think back to those days surrounded by social workers chanting ‘strike the women and you strike the rock’, wondering what the statement meant and wonderingContinue reading “Sitting with the wonderful and the tragic within us”

‘Mental health the Cinderella of health care’- President of the South African Federation for Mental Health

I recently attended the 5th Global Mental Health Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, which looked at mental health issues on a global scale. Many similarities across continents were noted, such as; the lack of awareness around mental health issues, the stigma that continues to surround mental illness, the increase of mental health concerns amongst theContinue reading “‘Mental health the Cinderella of health care’- President of the South African Federation for Mental Health”

‘An empty stomach has no ears’…..What do your ethics say?

‘An empty stomach has no ears’ is an African phrase commonly used by clients within our context. Referring to a hungry person not being able to concentrate on anything else, except their need to get their basic needs met. Many times as clinicians we sit and contemplate the contextual realities of many of our clients.Continue reading “‘An empty stomach has no ears’…..What do your ethics say?”

The power of the human spirit prevails

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), well known for its research into violence and clinical and community intervention work, has in recent years become a learning organization. Moving towards developing our learnings and the learnings of others. This was evident at an event we had yesterday: a graduation ceremony for interpretersContinue reading “The power of the human spirit prevails”

Pardon Me I Think I Have Lost Me, Have You Perhaps Seen….I Last Saw Her….

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Wystan Hugh Aude   I am a therapist and have been ever since I could remember and it has become my identity, andContinue reading “Pardon Me I Think I Have Lost Me, Have You Perhaps Seen….I Last Saw Her….”