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Online Bereavement Group Sessions

Bereavement Support Group the couch

Dealing with grief caused by the loss of a loved one in itself can be overwhelming, but with the added challenges brought on by a global pandemic, it can be difficult to know how to support yourself through this trying time in your life.

Join our online Bereavement Group Sessions for families who have experienced death either as a result of Covid or during the pandemic, for a safe space to identify with one another whilst gaining valuable tools to help you recover from your loss in order to look forward.

The Group will be run by Clinical Psychologists Cassandra Govender and Emily Knott, on a bimonthly basis.

For more information please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at Tel: 011 234 0741 or 060 961 7882.

Therapy on The Couch

Therapy on The Couch

Therapy or Psychotherapy is a general term used to describe the process of talking to a mental health professional in order to resolve current challenges in your life. It is a therapeutic space created for you to explore and better understand your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Psychotherapy provides you with the guidance and platform to learn more about yourself, take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. There are many specific types of psychotherapy, each with its own unique approach.

At The Couch, our unique clinical experience and interest has enabled us to develop broad and effective skill-sets to work with a diverse range of people, from individuals to couples, from groups to workshops and families. By offering different modalities of therapy, we are able to provide both short and long term therapy. Our counselling services are tailored to the client’s unique history and needs. Some of the conditions and disorders we treat include:

  • Severe psychopathology disorders such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Suicide
  • Depression
  • General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Phobia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma debriefing
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bereavement [Coping with death and dying]
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anger Management
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stress management and burnout
  • Personal growth and development
  • Neuropsychological Assessments
  • Sports psychology
  • Eating Disorders
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychoeducational assessments

Play Therapy

Play is the natural way in which children express and work through unconscious conflicts. This therapy is done in a playroom containing toys such as dolls, a doll house, and furniture; blocks; art materials; toy animals, cars, trucks, guns, soldiers, and telephone; and games. As the child plays he/she expresses their fantasies and gives the therapist insights regarding his/her family relationships and unconscious emotive and behavioural conflicts.

Play Therapy

Individual Adolescent

In adolescent psychotherapy, a therapeutic relationship is developed through talking or play, depending on the age of the individual. The adolescent is provided with a safe platform to express themselves and work toward gaining control and a better understanding of themselves through the therapy.

Individual Adolescent

Family Therapy

Family therapy attempts to nurture change and development in both the child and the family system in order to create a more harmonious and conducive environment at home.

Family Therapy

Individual Child Therapy

For children, significant life events such as the death of a family member, friend, or pet; a divorce, a family move/relocation/change of schools, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, neglect, trauma, a major illness in the family can cause stress that might lead to problems with behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning.

Individual therapy with a specialized Psychologist provides your child with a safe space to explore their world.

Individual Child Therapy

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

Art Therapy

Child Psychological Assessment

A psychological assessment evaluates thinking, learning and behaviour. The assessment may include interviews, observation, testing and consultation with other professionals involved in your child’s care. Testing includes pencil and paper tasks, puzzles, drawing, and games. The assessment covers many skill areas, such as intellectual level, language, memory and learning, problem solving, fine motor skills, academic, behavioural and emotive skills.

Child Psychological Assessment

Group Therapy

Group therapy provides children,adolescents and adults with both peer and therapeutic support as they move through difficult issues in their life.

Group therapy focuses on change: change in attitudes, beliefs, emotions and behaviors and is run by an experienced and qualified psychologist that assists them in identifying and working through their challenges together.

Group Therapy

Personal Growth and Development

Therapeutic solutions to overcoming challenges, but the platform to assist your children in developing themselves and creating a road map for an authentic future full of hope, success and happiness.

Self-Esteem development, effective decision making and emotional re4gularion are some of the key skills developed.

Personal Growth and Development

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment.

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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Family Therapy

Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling that is tailored toward assisting family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

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Family Therapy

Professional Therapy Services

At The Couch, we pride ourselves on our diversified and visceral approach. Consequently, we offer twelve types of professional therapies and services:

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Professional Therapy Services

Psychiatry

A Psychiatrist is different from a Psychologist as a Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health issues.

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Psychiatry

Adult Therapy

As an eclectic practice, we offer a wide range of adult based modalities and therapies. Our approach and treatment plans include:

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Adult Therapy

Psychological Assessments

Psychological assessment is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior, personality and capabilities.

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Psychological Assessments

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Workshops and Group Programs

Throughout each year, The Couch creates and participates in a variety of workshops and group programs. From DBT to Bullying, from relationships to bereavement,

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Workshops and Group Programs

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-orientated therapy, is the oldest of the modern day therapies. Its roots grown from the forefather of psychology, Sigmund Freud,

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Psychodynamic Therapy

Employment Assistance Programs [EAP]

An employee assistance program (EAP) is an employee benefits program offered by many employers. EAPs are intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their job performance, health, and well-being.

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Employment Assistance Programs [EAP]

Narrative Based Therapy

Narrative based therapy is a method of therapy that separates the person from the problem and encourages people to rely on their own skill sets to minimize the problems that exist in their everyday lives. Throughout life,

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Narrative Based Therapy

Medico Legal/Forensic Reporting

Medico-legal assessments provide an independent opinion regarding claims and disputes for personal and psychological injury in relation to civil and criminal law matters.

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Medico Legal/Forensic Reporting

Couples Therapy

Couples seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Relationships can be challengining and every couple's issues are experienced differently.

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Couples Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

The Couch Dialectical Behavioural TherapyDialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.

People who are sometimes diagnosed with borderline personality disorder experience extreme swings in their emotions, see the world in black-and-white shades, and seem to always be jumping from one crisis to another. Because few people understand such reactions — most of all their own family and a childhood that emphasized invalidation — they don’t have any methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. At The Couch, we use DBT as a method for teaching skills that will help in this task. We offer DBT in both psychotherapeutic form and through our Workshops and Out-Patient Support Programs.

Professional Therapy Services

The Couch Professional Therapy ServicesAt The Couch, we pride ourselves on our diversified and visceral approach. Consequently, we offer twelve types of professional therapies and services:

  • Adult Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Child Therapy
  • School Readiness Assessments
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Workshops and Group Programs
  • Employment Assistance Programs
  • Medico Legal/Forensic Reporting
  • Assessment and therapy with transgender patients (Assisting them to transition)
  • Assessment, individual and group therapy work with renal patients
  • Psychoeducational assessments

Adult Therapy

The Couch Adult Therapy ServicesAs an eclectic practice, we offer a wide range of adult based modalities and therapies. Our approach and treatment plans include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT]
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy [DBT]
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Narrative Based Therapy
  • Systemic and Humanistic-Existential theoretical orientation
  • Supportive Therapy
Head Office

37 Homestead Road,
Corner 12th Avenue
Block F, Homestead Park
Rivonia, Sandton
060 961 7882
Tel: (011) 234 0741

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