Life can throw curveballs in our path from time to time, and these transitional periods can cause stress, anxiety, depression, and isolate us from our friends and families. Going through significant events such as exams, starting at university, thinking about getting married, getting divorced, changing jobs, or even moving house or country can bring up all sorts of emotions and struggles. At the end of the day, we all want to be able to navigate all of life's challenges with the least stress possible, feeling grounded and supported and ready to face the day.
I am a registered Educational Psychologist in Private Practice based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. My training is in the field of Special Needs relating to the Education environment; my Master's Degree was obtained at UKZN Pietermaritzburg and my internship was carried out through service at St. Christopher's Special Needs School and Newton Pre-Vocational High School. I have 5 years experience working in the Special Needs Education environment.
I am a Clinical Psychologist trained within a broad range of theoretical modalities in providing psychotherapeutic interventions. My aim is to provide my clients with an emphathic and non-judgemental environment that is conducive to healing, as well as developing insights into their difficulties.
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest led me to the world of psychology which has now evolved into a full-on passion. As a registered counselling psychologist, I am committed to the well-being of all my clients and together we work towards developing you. I truly care for all of my clients and work diligently to help find them the answers they seek within themselves. I believe in patients being stuck in their lives but that they still hold all the answers and so my job is to elicit those solutions when they can't see them.
At a time like this when the world is in lock-down due to Covid-19, anxiety, stress, depression, economic meltdowns, insecurities, in-decisions, trauma, illness and death are changing the face of the earth as we knew it. The study of psychology has prepared me to help you to regain physical, emotional, psychological, mental and spiritual balance to form and shape a new you with a new reality to pick up the pieces of life and to become functional again.
Thokozani Sithole is a Counselling Psychologist registered with Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF). I hold a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV and AIDS Management from the Stellenbosch University. I am currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Consulting Psychology from the University of South Africa. I started working as a Psychologist in the year 2014.
The therapists at OnlineCounselling.co.za provide counselling and therapy for a wide range of emotional, relationship and life challenges, including depression and anxiety, addiction, work-related issues and general life challenges. We tend to work in an insight-oriented approach, helping clients to build a deeper understanding of their own dynamics and how to leverage and manage these optimally for more fulfilling, meaningful lives at home, work and play.
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist. I worked as a Social Worker for five years in the mental health sector prior to enrolling for my Masters in Clinical Psychology. I am able to provide a safe and professional space for individuals where we can both develop a therapeutic alliance. I work with various mental health conditions and psychological themes. My Social Work background helps me to have a better understanding of psychosocial issues which may have an impact on our mental health.
I work with children and adolescents, parents and families for emotional and psychological difficulties. I conduct Psycho-Legal Evaluation in matters of parental disputes over residence, care and contact. I provide both face to face and online therapy.
If you are struggling to deal with overwhelming emotions about childhood traumas, life transitions, self-development, family and romantic relationship challenges, chronic illness and any other life challenges, you need support that is non-judgmental and prioritises your wellbeing. Psychotherapy and counselling are beneficial in assisting you to cope and thrive in your daily life. Where needed, appropriate referrals to other practitioners will be made to ensure that you are taken care of appropriately and holistically.
Wellness is our greatest tool in preventing illness. It is our greatest asset to achieving happiness. So why is wellness not something we all strive for on a daily basis? And I don't mean to be well in the sense that we are free from disease- I mean to be free, healthy and happy in all aspects of our lives: be it social, occupational, physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological. My role will be to assist you in your wellness journey by assessing areas that may need improvement, while always remembering what you are doing right. I also hope to be a sounding board on days that you may need clarity or when it all feels too much.
You are unique, with your own strengths and weaknesses. With the right perspective and tools, you can overcome great challenges. In fact, there is much to be gained by working through your challenges - a fuller, more authentic and abundant life. But admitting that you're facing troubles, that you need assistance or that you do not feel fulfilled is the first step. My ideal client is someone who needs a safe space & an empathetic ear to work through their difficulties, and to discover the hope that lies beyond what they have experienced.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Pietermaritzburg are psychologists, licensed counsellors, therapists, and psychotherapists, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualised treatment.
Services offered, education, and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Pietermaritzburg then may specialise in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counselling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Pietermaritzburg, or Child Psychologists in Pietermaritzburg.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Pietermaritzburg psychologists specialising in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Pietermaritzburg specialise in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or counsellor who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
Can I afford counselling?
Yes. Most counsellors offer reasonable rates or will work on a sliding scale basis. Many accept health insurance. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the counsellor.