Transference and Countertransference : Part Two

2024-05-28T12:11:22+02:00May 28th, 2024|Lecturers|

Countertransference is generally regarded to be a situation where a counsellor is drawn into the client transference due to a lack of boundaries or lack of awareness. Alternatively, it can also describe a counsellor’s independently getting caught up in transferring their own feelings to a client. This is a conscious or sub-conscious emotional response

Transference and Countertransference : Part One

2024-05-28T11:55:35+02:00May 27th, 2024|Lecturers|

In the following two weeks we want to focus on the concepts of transference and countertransference as it unfolds during counselling. Transference is the association with somebody from the past (usually childhood) which impacts the current (counselling) relationship. It can be described as a way of responding to situations or relationships in the present

The Effect of Medical Diagnoses on Mental Health

2023-11-30T10:53:28+02:00November 30th, 2023|Interns|

Going through life, many people don’t give a second thought about getting sick or being diagnosed with a life-altering disease or medical disorder. Many people think they are healthy, doing everything right, so why would they be part of the world population that is classified as ill? At some point, they go for a

Childhood Trauma and The Effects on Adult Life

2023-11-30T10:12:49+02:00November 1st, 2023|Interns|

Childhood is often associated with fond memories of delight, purity and joy. It is a period that is often identified by safety, feeling cherished and shielded by one’s family (parents). These connections often form the baseline for establishing secure and strong bonds within the future. On the other hand, many children experience a childhood

The Importance of Self-Awareness in a Counsellor’s Abilities to Empower and Promote Personal Growth

2023-11-01T11:59:44+02:00November 1st, 2023|Interns|

Self-awareness entails the ability to recognize one's thoughts, emotions, self-perceptions, and physiological responses and comprehend their influence on one's behaviour. Additionally, it involves the capacity to identify one's strengths, weaknesses, and approach life with confidence and a growth mindset. The significance of personal growth and self-awareness should always be recognised as essential in the field

Mindfulness versus Cognitive Therapy for Depression

2023-11-01T11:34:46+02:00November 1st, 2023|Interns|

Mindfulness is a useful addition or alternative to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) when treating depression and is largely based on Buddhist and other religious practices. It was introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1990, and there is currently a lot of evidence to support the efficacy of the use of mindfulness, among other third-wave approaches to

The Smoke Clears: Navigating the Mental Health Maze of Adolescent Cannabis Use in South Africa

2023-10-27T09:46:25+02:00October 27th, 2023|Interns|

Cannabis remains one of the most widely used psychoactive substances globally, with adolescents being one of the most susceptible demographics. In South Africa, cannabis is particularly prevalent, where it is commonly known as "dagga." Given the recent legislative changes decriminalizing personal cannabis use and cultivation for adults, there is a growing need to examine the

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