Counselling and Educational Psychologist
D.Ed (Doctorate in Psychology), M.Ed (cum laude), BA (SA), B.Ed (Remedial)(Wits)
Dr Di is a Counselling and Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council (PS 0030015). She holds the degrees of D.Ed (Doctorate in Psychology), M.Ed (cum laude), B.A. (SA), B.Ed (Remedial) Wits and the Transvaal Teacher’s Higher Diploma.
She has a double internship of Counselling Psychology, (completed at Weskoppies Mental Hospital in 1990) and Educational Psychology, (completed at Crossroads Remedial School in 1989). She obtained extensive training in psychometric assessment and clinical psychotherapy as well as valuable experience in individual, marital, family and child psychotherapy from both institutions. Her Master’s dissertation was on Learning Disabilities and her Doctoral thesis on Anxiety Disorders and the use of Hypnotherapy as a medium of treatment.
She has presented various papers at National and International Conferences and has been on expert panels on television and radio as well as written articles for various publications.
She has more than 20 years experience as a psychologist. She founded and ran the Bryanwood Therapy Centre in Bryanston for 6 years and was Head of the Trauma Unit there, specializing in Trauma Debriefing. She is presently in private practice.
Dr Di also has 20 years experience in the field of Education at all three levels, pre-primary, primary and high school. She qualified in her final year of teaching in physical education and taught in South Africa and Abroad. She prescribes to “A Healthy mind in a Healthy body” She is a qualified remedial therapist and psychometrist and has extensive experience working with Learning Disabled children in remedial schools.
In addition, Dr Di has experience in:
- Individual psychotherapy and counselling for adults and children, Hypnotherapy, couples and family therapy (using a Systemic approach), Parental guidance and mediation between divorcing and divorced couples with regard to assisting them and their children.
- Forensic evaluation of Third Party Claims for motor vehicle accidents, custody and access cases and psycho-legal assessments of adults and children for a variety of reasons. She has assisted the Office of the Family Advocate on several occasions in assessment of child custody and access dispute. Dr Di completed the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Psychology at Pretoria University in 2004.
- Psychological and developmental assessments of children for school readiness, emotional difficulties, career counselling and learning difficulties.
- Assessments and evaluations of employees for job placements and promotions.
(Dr Di regrets that she no longer does assessments formally but will still advise parents after informally assessing and, in certain instances, have assessments done at her rooms).