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 "It is a joy to be hidden, but a disaster not to be found"

- Donald Winnicott

Like a treasure chest hidden from the roaming eyes of the world, your child has a wealth concealed within them capable of providing the building blocks for a future resplendent with light, hope, authenticity and success. Indeed, every child on this earth is unique, with their own personal sets of personalities, experiences, beliefs, appearances and challenges. We all have struggles too, and a child experiencing a difficult phase in their life can often feel ostricized, scared, angry and lost. As a parent, this can sometimes leave you feeling helpless and alone and unsure of which direction to turn. We know that there is no limit to what you want to give your child, only the reality of how much you actually can. If your child is experiencing difficulties in their life, we at The Couch have a message for you; There is hope, a way forward, and we possess the expertise, experience and tools to provide you with guidance you need to help them. Welcome to TROVE, our unique brand of child therapy that assist's children and adolescents to unlock their potential

TROVE

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Unlocking your child's potential

So, what is TROVE?

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TROVE is a branded child therapy solution created by The Couch that forms part of our therapeutic range of psychological and psychiatric services. The word 'trove' means 'a discovery of a collection of valuable or delightful things' and is a symbolic representation of our approach to helping children overcome their challenges and unlock their unique potential, something we believe that every child possesses. Aligned with our core practice beliefs, TROVE employs a visceral and eclectic therapeutic approach to providing children, adolescents and their families with the therapeutic skills and guidance necessary to surmounting their unique challenges. To accomplish this, TROVE focuses on three principal components:

  1. Creating and maintaining a private and healing therapeutic environment.
  2. Providing quality, dynamic therapeutic solutions that tap into the experience and expertise of our full reserve of specialists - our team of educational and clinical psychologists - augmented by full psychiatric support where necessary.
  3. Providing on-going support and guidance for children, adolescents and their families in both the active and post phases of therapy.

But, what makes TROVE different from any other type of child therapy?

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Some of the most common questions we are asked, is why are we different from other child therapy centres? How is TROVE different to other child therapy programs? Why must I spend money privately when my child already has access to a counsellor in school?

These pertinent questions are asked by parents who simply want to ensure that their children are in the care of professionals that know what they are doing, that make their child feel safe and contained, that charge a rate that is affordable and reflective of the quality of their service, and provide you, as parents, with a clear and tangible as possible roadmap of the path forward. Every practice, centre or therapist has a particular way of working and so employ staff and fashion an environment that is aligned with their particular way of thinking and working. At The Couch, we feel we offer something different and that difference can be found in 4 specific areas of our services:

  1. A Personal and Private Setting and Service - Burrowed in the heart of Rivonia in a boomed-off enclosure, the tranquil and therapeutic environment we have created at The Couch is conducive for privacy, healing, growth and change. We have facilities for child and adult therapies and self-esteem development.
  2. Therapeutic Excellence - Scholastic environments, whilst adequate, are often not effectively equipped from both an environmental and clinical perspective to effectively deal with a child's issues. Our highly skilled team of therapists and psychiatrists share their experience and expertise to formulate a therapeutic treament plan that is effective and has a lasting effect.
  3. On-Going Support Systems - At The Couch, we don't just diagnose, treat and send you along your way. We do provide therapy, but also guidance and on-going support systems available through our group programs, allied professional partners, workshops and team of therapists to ensure your child receives the continous high level of care that they deserve.
  4. A Unique Experience - The calibre and personality of our staff enables us to proudly offer something different, something distinctive and exclusive and a therapeutic experience that we hope will have an enduring impact on all our clients.

How can TROVE help my child and family?

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TROVE is a brand of therapy that is accessible to both children and adolescents and covers a wide range of challenges that your child might be experiencing. TROVE is effective in treating conditions such as:

Social, emotional, behavioral and learning problems which may include or arise from:

  • Post-traumatic stress.
  • Conduct disorder.
  • Aggression.
  • Anxiety/Fearfulness.
  • Depression.
  • Impulsivity.
  • Reading difficulties.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Low Self-Esteem.
  • ADHD.
  • Low Self-Esteem.
  • Health and Body Image Issues.
  • Bullying.

As an eclectic solution, TROVE is available privately at our practice in Rivonia and subcontracted to various schools that require our services.

TROVE makes use of a variety of techniques and modalities. We select the best type of therapy based on your child's unique needs and set about creating a treatmant plan that maximizes their potential to overcome their specific challenges. Some of these techniques and modalities include:

  • Play Therapy.
  • Art Therapy.
  • Individual Child Therapy.
  • Family Therapy.
  • Group Therapy.
  • Individual Adolescent Psychotherapy.
  • Psychological Assessments.
  • Personal Growth and Development.
  • Workshops.

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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


Every morning when your child opens their eyes is an opportunity to either nurture or inhibit their development. The amount of skills that you possess and the guidance you provide will have a direct impact on their ability to cope in this unpredicatable world. For all the parents reading this now, it is never too late to get your child the help they need. Like Winnicott says, don’t try to be the perfect parent, just try to be a good enough one. Here’s to the good enough parent...

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

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