Vanessa Wright


Psychotherapy and Counselling

Psychotherapy or professional counselling is a process of exploration and self-discovery that unfolds in the unique relationship between client and therapist. This relationship allows you the space to explore and reflect on experiences, thoughts, emotions, relationships and past events in order to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations in more healthy ways. Therapy helps you to identify destructive patterns which you may be caught up in, and learn the skills needed to change the patterns which are causing pain to you and others. It aims to help you resolve difficulties and promote insight, self-awareness, change and growth.

This practice provides assistance in the diagnosis, treatment and management of various concerns in children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents, just like adults, can benefit from a psychologist’s help in order to cope with life’s challenges. By seeing a psychologist, your child will be able to address and deal with these issues in a secure and nurturing environment. Through the therapeutic process they can develop healthy problem-solving skills and coping strategies, work through traumatic experiences, express and process feelings, and learn new ways of thinking and behaving.
  • Behavioural/emotional problems – e.g. tantrums, anger and aggression, defiance, school refusal, sibling rivalry
  • Mood disorders – depression, bipolar
  • Anxiety/fears/phobias
  • Concentration/hyperactivity
  • Trauma
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Health and chronic illness
  • Self-esteem/self-concept
  • Adjustment difficulties – e.g. divorce, new sibling, relocation, conflict
  • Self-harm/suicidal concerns
  • Parent-child relationship difficulties
  • Difficulties at school
  • Social and peer relationship problems
  • Bullying

Parents and Families

Parenting, though rewarding, can be one of the most difficult and time-consuming periods of a person’s life. In addition to attending to your child’s daily needs, parents are also responsible for helping their children develop life skills, social skills, appropriate behaviours, etc. During this process parents may become overwhelmed when faced with a difficult situation or behavioural concern. Difficulties within the family may also place the family under strain, and some members may feel lonely, disregarded and undervalued. Parental and family therapy aims to help families communicate their feelings and concerns openly in order to resolve problems and build up resilience and resources within the family.
This practice provides assistance in various parenting and family related concerns including:
  • Parenting guidance, counselling and psychoeducation
  • Family conflict
  • Parent-child relationship difficulties
  • Sibling rivalry and conflict
  • Communication difficulties
  • Dealing with divorce and separation
  • Adjustment to blended and step-families

Adults and Couples – Individual Counselling

Emotional and psychological distress is often the result of difficult experience and situations, and this can become overwhelming, leading to depression, anxiety and various other difficulties. In therapy, individuals are provided with a safe and confidential space where they can explore experiences and powerful emotions in order to work towards restoration and hope.
This practice provides assistance in the following adult related concerns:
  • Health-related concerns (HIV/AIDS, cancer, & other chronic illnesses support)
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Trauma and crisis counselling
  • Relationship problems
  • Self-esteem/ self-confidence
  • Adjustment to life changes (due to divorce, loss, terminal illness, etc.)
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Health and chronic illness
  • Women’s mental health issues
  • Personal growth and development

Adults and Couples – Couples Counselling

Being in a relationship is often complex, due to each partner bringing their own histories, experiences, personalities, and thoughts and opinions into the relationship. Couples, who are dating, engaged or married can benefit from couples therapy. Couples may be struggling with difficult relationship challenges, they may feel stuck in a rut, or they may need to improve their communication.  Couples therapy can help couples to gain insight into destructive patterns they may be locked into, and take the first steps towards restoration of the trust, love and intimacy which they once enjoyed.
Couples therapy may focus on issues such as:
  • Conflict
  • Communication
  • Boundary setting
  • Preparation for marriage
  • Divorce and separation
  • Infidelity
  • Addiction and its effect on the relationship
  • Adjustment to changes
  • Loss and trauma