The intrapsychic pandemonium of a global pandemic

Exploring the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has dipped into both my intellectual and empathic reservoirs. It has challenged me to ponder upon my professional and personal journey with trauma. Firstly, it is important to acknowledge that the majority of global society has experienced at least one major trauma in their lives. That isContinue reading “The intrapsychic pandemonium of a global pandemic”

When only a piece of paper might let you see me…. and even then you may decide that’s not good enough

The influx of displaced people the world over has increased in recent years, with more than 68.5 million displaced people globally and more than a million nationally (UNHCR Report 2017). Of course this number doesn’t capture the true reality of people on the ground as many displaced people are undocumented and so may not beContinue reading “When only a piece of paper might let you see me…. and even then you may decide that’s not good enough”

Beginnings and premature endings: A therapist reflection on termination in therapy

The process of termination in therapy is often one fraught with intense emotions for both the client and the therapist. I find that this can become increasingly more intense when terminations are premature. As I therapist I feel incredibly guilty when I have to terminate with a client before we have done all the workContinue reading “Beginnings and premature endings: A therapist reflection on termination in therapy”

#MentalHealthMatters

1 in 3 South Africans will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) Suicide is the second and “fastest growing” cause of death amongst 15-24 year olds (Mental Pressures can force youth into suicide-Karabo Ngoepe-Sunday Independent News). Today marks World Mental Health Day, the theme for this yearContinue reading “#MentalHealthMatters”