I am Bernice, an HPCSA registered clinical psychologist,
specialising in a third-wave CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
My therapeutic style is conversational, challenging, engaging
and above all, collaborative.
I believe in an action-based,
positive psychology therapeutic approach.
My therapeutic aim is to encourage clients to embrace a certain kind of flexibility,
in lieu of making action-based decisions
that would support their emotional wellbeing, and preferred habits and lifestyle.
I consult with child, adolescent and adult clients in either English or Afrikaans.
I am a board member of the South African chapter of the
Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science https://contextualscience.org/
My educational background includes:
Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Psychology (SUN)
Master’s degree in Psychological Research (UCT)
Honor’s degree in Psychology (UCT)
Undergraduate Bachelor of Social Science degree with a focus on social science
streams, majoring in psychology (UCT)
Various training and work experience in the field of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Various training and work experience in the field of autism spectrum disorders
Various training and work experience in the field of persistent pain/chronic illness
I am a member of the following associations:
Pain SA https://painsa.org.za/
SAHA (South African Sexual Health Association) http://sexualhealth.org.za/
ACBS (Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science) https://contextualscience.org/
Autism South Africa - https://aut2know.co.za/
In addition to my much loved work as a therapist, I
spend time with my four-legged therapist - my horse Overzealous -
who offers buckets of love, laughter and adventure.
I am a bit of a Pinterest junkie,
a pastime which allows my mind to enter into a creative space -
finding ideas to fuel my various creative projects (which I have learned to
accept change rather rapidly)!
Walks in the forest with my Great Dane, Thomas, gets me
up and about into nature where I can
mindfully catch my breath and just be.