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Viwe Dweba

Clinical Psychologist

Viwe DwebaMy Story

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My love for Psychology began in childhood, even though I did not have a name for the kind of curiosity about others and myself that was beginning to develop. Some of the most significant parts of my journey in this field happened at this very early stage, where seeing mental health difficulties as well as becoming more aware of my family working in mental health began to shape my understanding that illness is not confined to the body. This growing awareness led me to Psychology, which has been an incredible and often challenging journey filled with lessons about self-reflection, acceptance, empathy and never losing hope.

I obtained my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, where I received Psychodynamic training. I currently work from an integrated Psychodynamic (insight-based) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy approach. My focus is on facilitating increased awareness of self and internal dynamics, while equipping my clients with the tools they need to navigate their lives. However, I find it most meaningful to tailor my therapeutic intervention to the unique needs of each client. My passion lies in the empowerment of each client to become their own therapist, where the therapy space becomes a space of learning and growth that is rooted in an understanding and acceptance of self.

As part of my training, I was an intern at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital as well as the Child, Adolescent and Family Unit at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.  Following my training, I completed my community service at Helen Joseph Hospital. My main duties during my time at state hospitals was the provision of individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy, as well as assessments in both in-patient and out-patient settings, where the in-patients with whom I worked struggled with severe psychopathology. Another important part of my duties was medical consultation liaison, which entailed bedside psychotherapy and screening for the purpose of diagnosis and making recommendations about psychological intervention that was needed for patients who were medically admitted. As part of my duties at CAFU at CMJAH, I provided Play Therapy and cognitive and emotional assessments for children, as well as parental guidance. Multidisciplinary work was a common thread that ran through each hospital experience, with an emphasis on the holistic treatment of psychopathology. This entailed assessment, diagnosis, case formulation and presentation at ward rounds.

.Most recently, my work has been at Rynfield Mental Wellness & Recovery Centre, a dual diagnosis specialist clinic that offers an in-patient substance rehabilitation programme as well as out-patient psychological services. My work included working in a dynamic multidisciplinary team to treat both substance addiction and the psychiatric disorders that can often underlie dependence on substances.

Experience in various psychiatric and medical contexts has exposed me to a variety of modalities of treatment of psychopathology and has also highlighted the importance of developing treatment plans that make sense in the lives of clients, especially in our unique South African context. Perhaps the most meaningful part of my work has been the privilege of being exposed to all that it means to be human – to walk beside my clients as they strive, hope, heal and find meaning in their lives.  I often come back to this quote by Khalil Gibran as it so aptly expresses the humanity of the therapy space:

“And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; and you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.”

My Qualifications

Clinical PsychologistMs Viwe Dweba

  • B.Soc.Sc. Psychology & Sociology (UFH)
  • B.Soc.Sc. Hons in Psychology with distinction (UFH)
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology (WITS)

My Clinical Experience

Rynfield Mental Wellness & Recovery Centre (01 February 2019 – 11 October 2019)

  • Adult and adolescent in-patient substance addiction recovery
  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy
  • Psychometric assessment and report writing
  • Play therapy and parental guidance
  • Diagnosis and case formulation
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork.

Helen Joseph Hospital (02 January 2018 – 02 January 2019)

  • Adult out-patient unit
  • Cognitive, emotional, personality and neuropsychological assessment, report writing and feedback to patients and referring professionals
  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy
  • Trauma debriefing
  • Diagnosis and case formulation
  • Medical consultation liaison
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Community psychology intervention

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (July 2016 – December 2016)

  • Child, Adolescent and Family Unit
  • Cognitive and emotional assessment and report writing;
  • Play therapy
  • Parental guidance and counselling
  • Diagnosis and case formulation for case presentation at ward round
  • Case management
  • Multidisciplinary team work

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (January 2016 – June 2016)

  • Psychotherapy and assessment in adult female psychiatric ward
  • Psychotherapy and psychometric assessment in the adult out-patient Psychology unit
  • Cognitive, emotional and neuropsychological assessment, report writing and feedback to patients and referring professionals
  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy
  • Trauma debriefing
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Diagnosis and case formulation for presentation at grand ward round
  • Multidisciplinary team work
  • Medical consultation liaison

Media

In this studio interview with Ray on 702, Clinical Psychologist Viwe Dweba  speaks about matric exam readiness and how to support learners writing exams.

The discussion is around stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and anything else that learners face during exam time.

She speaks about the ways in which  parents and siblings can be of assistance to the learners as well as how they can alleviate some of the stress and tension and also contribute to making the learners study environment conducive.

She speaks about coping mechanisms and ways to deal with this overwhelming period

Family Matters- dealing with loss and triggering anniversaries during the festive season

Eusebius in conversation with clinical psychologist, Viwe Dweba, about how to deal with the loss of loved ones and anniversaries that may be triggering during the festive season including deaths, separations and family breakdowns. 

 

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