Child & Family Mediation
"Emotional dilemmas make us pay attention!
The task is not to judge or banish difficult feelings,
but to use them as a guide toward positive action in our lives." - Lauren Calder
Personal challenges including:
Low Self Esteem
Adjustment to Change
Couples & Family Therapy
Assisting relationships with:
Grief and Loss
Re-organisation of Families
Child & Family Mediation
Facilitating divorce and separation conflict, including:
Cost Effective Dispute Resolution
Compliance with the Children's Act
Meeting Legal Requirements
Sharing Rights and Responsibilities
Developing Communication Strategies
Child Assessment & Therapy
IQ profiling, scholastic screening and emotional assessment for:
Specific learning difficulties or differences
Academic strengths and weaknesses
Highlighting underlying emotional issues
ADD / ADHD / Asperger's Syndrome
Children adjusting to change
Low self esteem and anxiety in children
and others ...
Therapy via telephone or Skype is becoming more and more popular because it makes counselling/therapy accessible for busy people.
Telephone consultation may be useful to you if:
You are very busy and the time required to get to and from therapy plus the time of the actual session makes the time requirement for therapy unfeasible
You don't want to be questioned about leaving your office or home to go to therapy
You are an ex-pat or living in a foreign country
You have mobility or transport issues
You are already in therapy and would like to keep consistency in your sessions despite travel requirements interrupting the process
Ideally the first session is face to face and thereafter telephone consults may follow.
Telephonic consults are set up as per the same procedure as face to face consults. A time slot is agreed upon by both parties. You then call through at the set time
Booking a Consult
Contact us now via telephone or email to book a consult. Our friendly staff will agree a convenient time-slot with you:
In order for you to get the most benefit from your first session we recommend that you read the following informative introduction to psychotherapy:
Then find us here:
Solution Focused Psychotherapy,
Jungian Based Approach,
Mindfulness Based Approaches,
M.A. (Couns.Psych); H.B.A. (Psych); B.A.
BHF Registered: PR 0189332
HPCSA Registered: PS0091685
CHILD & FAMILY MEDIATOR
CERT III: (A.T.I.A.: Australian Transpersonal Institute of Australia)
Lauren Calder has been practising as a psychologist since 2005. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF). She is trained as a Child & Family Mediator and has completed a specialisation in Transpersonal Psychology. Lauren has a well established private practice in KZN and consults to various organisations as a lecturer, trainer and consultant.
Lauren has had a lifelong interest in the psychology of finding meaning in living and in how people adjust, face their challenges, cope and live in alignment to their dreams and values. Having learned mindfulness practice at a young age, Lauren also has a strong interest in the application of mindfulness based cognitive therapy to wellness, stress, depression and anxiety.
In addition to her Masters degree in Psychology Lauren has trained with The Australian Transpersonal Institute and Association, where she received a Certificate III in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2002. Transpersonal Psychology is the field of psychology which integrates psychological concepts, theories, and methods with the search for purpose and meaning in living.
According to Lauren, most individuals arrive for therapy at a time when they are experiencing a “crises in meaning”, “crises in ego” or "crises in relationship". This is a call to action. This can be the case, whether the struggles is to do with a relationship, depression, anxiety or adjustment to change. Either way the person has a desire to find resolution or relief. This, she says, is a necessary process in the path toward psychological maturity, humility and self-acceptance. Therapy facilitates this process.
Lauren has developed a programme called “The Mindful Way to Manage a Stressful Life” which she runs in group format. The programme aims to present mindfulness psychology in a straight forward manner and provides participants with an accessible introduction to meditation practice for stress management. The workshop addresses the non useful patterns of thinking that people often use to tackle emotional dilemmas and transposes this with the mindfulness approach and the process of creating acceptance.
Lauren works largely with couples in her practice. She says that most couples arrive for therapy, very clear that the other person is to blame for whatever is not working in the relationship. As therapy progresses, this is usually re-understood to represent a dynamic that is being triggered by both parties. In this way couples can facilitate each other in their personal growth rather than working against each other.
Lauren has an interest in family systems. This is often directly related to conflict resolution. She has trained in Child and Family Mediation and advocates the relevance of mediation as a requirement in any relationship separation where a child is involved. In the aftermath of a separation, mediation assists families to re-organise themselves and to develop parenting and residency plans that best preserves the integrity of the family and preserves the best interests of the child/children in the family undergoing change.
Lauren’s practice also includes assessment of learning and emotional development in children. Much of this work is to do with assessing concerns that present in the school environment. Conclusions and recommendations of any assessment intervention are approached from a holistic perspective with regard for the family member as part of a broad system of influences and possibilities. In her work with children she is mostly interested in mindful parenting, fostering the development of emotional resiliency in children and the diagnosis or misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD. She conducts talks and seminars at various schools, on these topics.
Lauren's current passion project is called INSIGHT PROJECTS, which she founded in 2017. This is an organisation that offers interactive enneagram personality workshops that help individuals to identify their and others' healthy and unhealthy ego patterns. These patterns play themselves out in relationships, coping patterns, stress spirals and personal growth. Lauren presents these workshops privately and to corporate groups and schools.
Phone: +27 (0)31 582 5301/3
Suite 1, ground floor of
The Umhlanga Netcare Medical Centre
321 Umhlanga Rocks Drive
(in between Umhlanga Hospital entrance & Kuai)
(same premises as Dr Ferreira's Umhlanga General Practitioners)
Consults are also available in Salt Rock on request.
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