Johan and Karlien started their practice having a specific interest in Health and Medical Psychology. Although we run a general practice from our offices in Lynnrodene we also consult in most private hospitals in Pretoria. Apart from our office consultations, we also do patient consultations in private hospitals and provide regular debriefing sessions for hospital personnel at various hospitals in Pretoria. We are fortunate to have Amorie Burns a Counseling psychologist and Ilze van der Merwe an Educational at our offices too and enjoy working together and and strengthening our multi-professional network. We also associate with Carin Davel a counseling psychologist as ad hoc locum when either Johan or Karlien is not available.
The services that we offer include, amongst others, psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults, Individual-, couples- and group therapy, treatment of stress, anger, depression, dependence problems, chronic illness and mourning, mangement of the emotional impact of various physical trauma during and after hospitilization, pre-and post operative support, psychotherapy for hospital staff members, team building, psychometric testing and facillitation.
Johan finished his BA and BA Hons at the University of Pretoria and his Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of North West. He completed his internship at Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital, IPELEGENG Child and Family Center and a private practice in Middelburg where after he started his own practice.
Being the holder of a Comercial Pilots licence and a Flight Instructor on fixed wing aircraft, Johan also has a keen interest in Aviation Psychology and is an associate member of the European Association of Aviation Psychology (EAAP). He is also past member of the Aviation Medical Committee of the South African Civil Aviation Authority. He loves the outdoors and various sporting activities.
Karlien started and completed her studies at the University of Pretoria. She completed her BA, BA Hons and Masters degree with specialization in Counselling Psychology. She completed her dissertation developing a stress model for people struggling with substance abuse.
Apart from painting and her creative handwork hobbies, Karlien passed a grade 8 UNISA examination in piano and also obtained a Performance Certificate from Trinity College. From here her interest in the effect of music and creativity on the psyche and how this can be utilized in the process of therapy. She has extensive practice experience and a keen interest in psycho-neurology and often treats pseudo-medical conditions with close interactions with neurologists and neuro-rehab professionals. She works closely with the Neurologists at Groenkloof hospital as part of their treatment for epilepsy, stroke and other neurological problems.
Karlien started her practice first in the city. Johan joined her, practicing from the same rooms. Later they moved their offices to Hatfield where they practiced for a number of years before moving the practice to nearby Lynnrodene at the end of 2014. Hatfield was and Lynnrodene still is the ideal location as both Johan and Karlien have a keen interest in Medical- or Health Psychology and consult in various hospitals that are within easy reach.
Johan and Karlien are married and work together well on different levels. They have attended and presented papers and workshops at national- and international level. Although both have a general practice, they have a keen interest in the medical field and how psychology impacts on healing and illness within the hospital setting. These consultations have branched out from assisting patients and their families in hospital, to assisting on a management level on a consultation basis. This means that they assist management to address difficulties on a staff level in various Intensive Care Units, Theatres as well as other wards in these hospitals. Together they have hosted various Team Building sessions with various hospital staff groups including staff on a management level.
Our friendly personal assistant and practice manager, Joanien, will most probably be your first contact with ERASMUSTHERAPY. She will assist you with any administrative queries you might have. She is a real right hand and we encourage you to feel free to phone her with any queries.
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