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About Debbie

Areas of Expertise


  • Anxiety and Stress Management

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Relationship issues 

  • Personality Disorders

  • Self-harming behaviours

  • Trauma (domestic violence, sexual assault, hijacking, accidents, robberies etc)

  • Forensics Psychology

  • Substance Abuse

  • Conflict Management

  • Grief and Bereavement

  • Life Transition Adjustments

  • Personal Growth

Registration details:

  • HPCSA Registration Category:  Clinical Psychologist – Independent Practice

  • PS 0131059

  • Pr. No. 0667773

I am an independent certified Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).  I specialise in psychological assessment for psycho-diagnostic purposes and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups.

Professional Qualifications:

  • I hold a Master of Social Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal; a Master of Social Science degree in Health Promotion from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Cum Laude); a BA Honours degree in Psychology from UNISA (Cum Laude).

  • My research interests include “Fear and anxiety in South African Secondary School children” and “The impact of interpersonal violence on South African adolescents”.


  • My previous work experience includes psychological assessment; conducting individual, family and group therapy sessions; forensic assessment of both survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse; inpatient and outpatient treatment; working as part of a multidisciplinary team within hospital complexes such as Hillcrest Private Hospital, King Edward Hospital, King Dinuzulu Hospital,      R K Khan Hospital and community health care centres, that offer services to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

  • 7 years private practice as a Clinical Psychologist providing comprehensive mental health care, including assessment, diagnosis, short-term and long term psychological intervention for individuals, couples, families and groups.

  • 5 years private practice as a Registered Counsellor performing short-term, supportive psychological interventions aimed at enhancing personal functioning in a variety of contexts including family, community, school, work and sport.

  • 4 years working at the Open Door Crisis Care Centre offering supportive counselling for victims of violent crime

  • 1 year at St Augustines Netcare Hospital offering trauma counselling to victims of sexual assault.

  • 2 years with the Red Cross (Air Mercy Services) providing trauma counselling to victims of violent crime in rural areas who do not have access to psychological services.

  • 3 years tutoring 3rd year Unisa Psychology modules PYC3703 Cognition: Memory and Problem Solving and PYC3702 Abnormal Psychology.

  • 4 years e-tutoring the 1st year Unisa Psychology module PYC1501 Basic Psychology.

  • Facilitating a variety of workshops including Stress Management for the South African Police Services, Parenting Skills, Personal Growth and Life Transition Adjustment.

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