Hi, I’m Gaby!
Educational Psychologist (HPCSA & BHF)
As an Educational Psychologist I aspire to work with children, parents, teachers as well as other professionals involved in the social, emotional and academic functioning of the child. Since completing my Honours Degree in 2014, I have always embraced working within multiple communities as well as with multidisciplinary teams both with the private and public sectors.
I value the importance of working holistically to best support the needs of my clients and their families within multiple settings, including at school and at home.
I am trained to offer psychodynamic psychotherapy; this includes both individual therapy for parents, children and adolescents as well play therapy. Additionally, I am trained to assess the cognitive, academic and emotional functioning of children and adolescents and apply psychological interventions to enhance learning and development.
– Psychotherapy including: play therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy and parental guidance
– Assessments including: school readiness, psycho-educational, subject choice and career guidance.
– Workshops and wellness programmes relating to learning, development and well-being for children, parents and teachers.
What services are offered & who are they for?
Play therapy is a form of therapy that aims at helping children express their emotions, improve their communication and solve problems. Play is a natural medium for children to express themselves, solve problems and build skills; play therapy therefore encourages children to express their feelings and resolve conflicts through play.
What happens during play therapy?
At times children may be encouraged to explore the playroom freely, engaging in spontaneous play. At other times they may involve themselves in specific activities, such as drawing family scenes, using puppets to act out events in the family, telling stories or playing specifically designed therapeutic board games. Children use this opportunity to talk about their feelings, their relationships and any difficulties they may face in their lives.
What types of problems does play therapy address?
Play therapy can help a child deal with the effects of trauma and loss, reduce anxiety and depression, improve children’s behaviour, and help children manage social and academic difficulties.
A psycho-educational assessment is a comprehensive evaluation designed to measure a child’s cognitive processing abilities (including: logical reasoning, memory, attention and executive functioning), his/her current level of academic knowledge in various subject areas (scholastic assessment) and to screen his/her behavioural, social and emotional functioning.
This assessment can specifically define both your child’s strengths and his/her areas of weakness, allowing the strengths to be amplified and the weaknesses to be targeted and overcome.
For many children, having a psycho-educational assessment is the first step toward accessing a range of timely interventions and support programmes.
A psycho-educational assessment is an intensive process requiring:
- interviews (with both parents)
- the input of teachers and other professionals involved in the child’s life
- the one-on-one testing sessions with the child
- Once the assessment has been completed, you will be provided with a complete report detailing your child’s myriad abilities and needs. You will also be connected with essential services (where and if appropriate) such as occupational therapy (for improving coordination and motor function for e.g.) and speech therapy (for improving language and literacy abilities).
How do you know if a psychoeducational assessment is needed?
All children have difficulties at school from time to time. If, however your child continuously struggles greatly and consistently in certain areas despite classroom accommodations/additional help being provided, it would likely be valuable to seek out a psycho-educational assessment. Additionally, some signs that your child would probably benefit from a psycho-educational assessment include: a progressively worsening attitude toward school, persistently disruptive behaviour in class and/or a failure to learn basic intellectual, social, or behavioural skills (as appropriate for his age group).