Forest Path

Our Team 

Professional Psychologists

Professional Profile

Solution Focused Psychotherapy,

Jungian Based Approach,

Narrative Techniques,

Transpersonal Psychology,

Mindfulness Based Approaches,

Transactional Analysis,

Enneagram

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Lauren Calder​

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.

Professional Profile

Brain Working Recursive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Approaches, Trauma Models, Emotional Freedom Technique

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DEBBIE JAMESON

Debbie is a Clinical Psychologist. She works with a wide array of psychological problems that affect adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. She offers psychological assessment and psychotherapy, aimed at assisting clients deal with life challenges. She takes a holistic approach which takes into account the whole person, including their emotional, spiritual and physical environments. She uses an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, drawing from a number of theories, which may vary according to the client’s individual needs, including:  Psychodynamic (TLDP – Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Narrative Therapy.  Her approach for understanding couples in distress is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which helps couples identify stuck patterns of interaction and focuses on promoting more positive emotional responses.

 

Debbie's psychological services include selected assessments to gain a holistic picture of the individual’s cognitive, behavioural and emotional functioning and to aid diagnosis and psychotherapy.

Some areas of interest

  • Anxiety and Stress Management

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Relationship issues (including Marital/Couples counselling)

  • 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

  • Professional qualifications: 

  • Debbie holds 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).

Debbie's previous work experience includes

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

  • 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.

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

Professional Profile

MSocScI- Educational Psychology (UKZN)

B.A (Honours-Applied Psychology)

B.ed (Cum Laude) 

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FATHIMA BADAT 

Fathima is committed to helping children, adolescents and adults reach their full potential. Her work focuses on identifying barriers to learning, development and functioning, she provides interventions and psychological support to overcome barriers and achieve optimal well-being. Fathima has worked in both the private and public sector, and has experience with neurodiversity, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety related disorders, emotional dysregulation, early-onset depression, emotional difficulties and learning difficulties. Through her work, she aims at providing a safe and supportive space for her clients and equips them with valuable tools that will help them to function with less difficulty. Fathima also lectures educational psychology and inclusive education to tertiary students. She is passionate about emphasizing the role of mental health in everyday living. 

  She offers:

·      Psycho-educational assessments 

·      Cognitive and scholastic assessments

·      Behaviour and developmental screenings

·      School readiness assessments

·      School placement guidance  

·      Career guidance and counselling 

·      Report writing to schools and necessary collaboration with important stakeholders 

·      Psychotherapy 

·      Short term counselling 

·      Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 

·      Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

·      Play therapy

·      Psychoeducation  

Professional Profile

Educational Psychologist and Mediator

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TAMMY STYLES 

Educational psychologist

Masters Social Science (Psychology) University of Natal, Durban

HPCSA number PS0050539

 

Tammy qualified as an educational psychologist in 1995 and has worked in a range of contexts, including in private practice, the NGO sector, university student counselling centres, lecturing and training in tertiary education, and school psychologist roles. 

 

Tammy is currently reading for a Doctor of Psychology in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of the Free State to advance and specialise her expertise further. She works predominantly with children, adolescents, parents and families, and enjoys individual therapy with adults as well.

 

Tammy's therapeutic approach is an eclectic mix of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative therapy, Psychodynamic therapy and Positive Psychology, within the broad developmental psychology and systems framework. Her main areas of theoretical and applied interest informing her practice with children, adolescents and adults are attachment theory and the developmental psychopathology model. She is experienced in the assessment of developmental and learning disorders and has a passion for facilitating potential for development and growth. 

 

Tammy provides assessment and therapy for

 

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders,)

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression and other mood disorders

  • Suicidal and non-suicidal self harm

  • Personality Disorders

  • Identity and personal development

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Trauma and grief