A Journey on The Couch

 Heal. Learn. Grow.

Fraught with a galaxy of perils and challenges, we journey through our lives in a vortex of uncertainty. We seek the heady lights of wealth and status... the tender hearths of connection, shelter and love. We strive for causes, for meaning, for purpose and direction. We dream of adventures, conquests, of vibrant days and brighter futures. Yet, amongst this constellation of destinations we hurtle toward, there is a star we all gaze up to, a star we can almost touch, yet feels light years away... the meaning and understanding of ourselves. Remove the titles, theories and sterotypes, this is the power of therapy... to provide a light in the darkness that helps people find their way again and make sense of themselves and their lives. Thinking about seeing a therapist for the first time can feel frightening. For most people, it represents that change is needed and as we all know, change is very difficult. Designed to provide a safe space to explore your inner world, therapy at The Couch helps people to find solutions to obstacles standing in their path and provides them with the tools to cope, grow and shape their lives in a way that is meaningful and authentic. And even though we cannot control how our journey ends, we can control the steps we take. And there isn't a more important step than your first.

Stride.

The Couch Team

  • Yumna Zubi
  • Dr. Danella Eliasov
  • Louise Bolton
  • Cindy van Wyk
  • Melina Georgiou
  • Fatima Omar
  • Yumna Zubi

    Yumna Zubi

    Everyone has a story, and I am no different. Graduating from the University of Witwatersrand, with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, I interned at Tara H. Moross Centre and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. During my internship at Tara, I worked with both in-patients and out-patients diagnosed with severe psychopathology. Additionally, I was involved in numerous group therapies, developing experience with formulating and running DBT, in-patient psychotherapy and support groups for psychopathology. After Tara, I took up a new internship post at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Here, I worked primarily in the severe psychopathology ward for females where I conducted individual and group therapies. I also aided in managing the Suicide Clinic, performing multiple suicide risk assessments and interventions. Once my internship had concluded, I spent a year working at Sizwe Tropical Disease hospital.

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  • Dr. Danella Eliasov

    Dr. Danella Eliasov

    My journey began while at Wits Medical School, where I first began learning about psychiatry. After graduating from medical school, I worked as an intern at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and spent time working in the Psychiatric Department. I later returned to work in Psychiatry during my community service. I then stayed on in the Department as a Medical Officer. Thereafter, I went on to complete the 4 year psychiatry specialist training program through WITS and passed the required exams to graduate as a Specialist Psychiatrist. During this time I also participated in research in the field of Neuropsychiatry.

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  • Louise Bolton

    Louise Bolton

    After an educational and rewarding two years as a small business owner, I decided to pursue my keen interest in psychology and commenced with an undergraduate degree majoring in psychology and criminology. After completion of my honours degree in 2004 I gained valuable and varied experience in the fields of academics, corporate wellness and management. In 2012 I returned to university for training as a psychometrist. Subsequent hereto I completed an internship through JvR (Jopie van Rooyen) during which I comprehensively engaged with clinical assessments and organizational selection test batteries. I was also trained and accredited in the use of specialist assessment tools such as the MBTI, the EQ-i2.0-360 and the 16PF.

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  • Cindy van Wyk

    Cindy van Wyk

    My journey in becoming a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in Neuropsychology has been exhilirating and challenging simultaneously. Having been fascinated by both the therapeutic and neuropsychological aspects of psychology, I obtained a Masters degree by dissertation in Research Psychology (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg. My research focused on the effects of methamphetamine (tik) on neurocognition in current and recovering addicts.

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  • Melina Georgiou

    Melina Georgiou

    My journey as an Educational Psychologist began during my teaching practical for the subject of Life Orientation. Throughout that time I was approached by a variety of learners seeking emotional and learning support. It was then that I realised that I wanted to engage with the learners on a more in-depth and personal level. I went on to actualise my passion for educational psychology by obtaining my Masters degree from the University of Pretoria.

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  • Fatima Omar

    Fatima Omar

    My journey as a clinical psychologist begins with me initiating a degree in Psychology. During this time my passion for helping people led me to volunteering as a lay counsellor at the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). I also volunteered my services at the Teddy Bear Clinic, assisting and catering for the needs of abused children.

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Work Shops

Throughout each year, The Psychology Couch creates and participates in a variety of workshops and group programs. From DBT to Bullying, from relationships to bereavement, from addiction to self-esteem, these workshops provide empowerment through knowledge and a practical, experiential approach to challenges, both personal and in the workplace. Our current portfolio of workshops include:

  • Think.Calm DBT Group Program
  • Grow: A Workshop for Couples
  • Coping with Grief in the Workplace
  • Bullied: Finding your Hammer
  • Think.Calm DBT Group Program

    Think.Calm DBT Group Program

    “Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.”

    Buddha

    Serenity, the ability to find calmness when all around is in chaos... This is the founding principle of Think.Calm, a Dialectical Behavioural Therapeutic (DBT) program designed to assist people trapped in a perpetual state of distress to challenge and change old and negative patterns of thinking and behaviour.

    Think.Calm combines two therapeutic techniques, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and mindfulness, to teach participating individuals how to rewrite these negative patterns and develop skills and tools that greatly improve the quality and trajectory of their lives.

    DBT is a valuable therapy for people diagnosed with personality disorders, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and post traumatic stress.

    As a catalyst for igniting change, Our Think.Calm DBT program has a number of benefits.

  • Grow: A Workshop for Couples

    Grow: A Workshop for Couples

    Voltaire once said, “Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.” But, sometimes the vibrant threads we’ve sewn together come unstitched and loses its lustre before life’s vast and undulating challenges. Yet, the beauty of what we are is the ability to understand that is never too late… to fight, to change.

    This one day workshop is tailored toward assisting couples in understanding the dynamics that govern their relationship, and empowering them with practical tools to enhance communication, develop deeper connection and foster growth.

    By assimilating elements of self-esteem and psychology, this workshop offers a unique and intimate experience that explores the fundamental principles of your relationship.

  • Coping with Grief in the Workplace

    Coping with Grief in the Workplace

    Coping with death is never easy, let alone having to face life and the many challenges that it presents to you in your role as an individual and a company employee. Designed and run by Clinical Psychologist, Yumna Zubi, this workshop focuses on the impact of death on the individual and how that translates into work performance and coping on an individual capacity.

    Yumna Zubi provides practical and functional tools that assist the individual in developing strategies that enable them to cope personally, whilst maintaining effectiveness in the workplace.

  • Bullied: Finding your Hammer

    Bullied: Finding your Hammer

    This workshop is not about hiding what makes you weak, but tapping into what makes you strong. This workshop is about helping you develop resilience on the inside when your world is crumbling on the outside. This workshop is about finding your value and learning how to stand up for yourself, even if others won’t.

    The Couch: Practice of Psychology hosts this two day workshop that aims to empower your child with the practical tools to deal effectively with the painful feelings associated with bullying and provide them with the coping skills necessary to navigate this difficult stage of their lives.

    By assimilating elements of self-esteem, self-defense and psychology, this workshop offers a unique and practical learning experience that enables your child to explore their feelings safely and develop coping tools, all within a controlled and nurturing environment.

Our Network of Associates

Augmenting our Private Practice of Psychology, we have the fortune and pleasure of working with a diverse and talented network of people and institutions. Some of these include:

Maureen Kark and Associates

Maureen Kark and Associates

Maureen Kark and Associates is a niched, professional wellness consultancy focused on providing distinctive.

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Akeso Psychiatric Hospital (Parktown)

Akeso Psychiatric Hospital (Parktown)

Akeso is a psychiatric rehabilitation hospital for acute mental illness and substance abuse

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SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group)

SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group)
As an associate, we form part of SADAG's referral network, as well as provide relevant training for counsellors and staff.

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Pro Bono/Social Projects

Throughout the year, we provide our services free of charge for four individuals or families who need therapy, but lack the resources to see a therapist. This rotation of four is maintained throughout the year and interested participants apply via e-mail whereafter a selection process is conducted to decide who fills those slots.

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    The Psychology Couch

    Address: 40 River Road, Rivonia
    (Entry only via Gary Street)
    Tel: 011 234 0741