064 298 6459

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SEAN WILLOUGHBY

Clinical Psychologist

 

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

C.S. Lewis

 

WELCOME

I am a Clinical Psychologist practicing on Oxford Road, Parktown,Johannesburg, bordering on Killarney, Saxonwold and Houghton. I offer therapy to individual adults and adolescents, as well as play therapy for children

If you are visiting this website, you may be considering going into therapy or you may be looking for a therapist. These are processes that may involve a lot of consideration. I hope that this website can provide you with some basic information about me and my approach to therapy that can help get this process started.

 
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IS THERAPY FOR ME?

(For an introduction to what psychotherapy in general is about, click here.)

People may go into therapy for widely varied reasons. Examples, amongst many others, include:

  • A desire for greater self-understanding

  • Difficulties with relationships,

  • Dealing with change,

  • Having experienced a traumatic event,

  • Diffculties with overwhelming emotions,

  • Help in coping with a “psychological disorder”

 
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MY APPROACH

I aim to take a warm, attentive and contemplative stance with my patients. The therapeutic process is a long-term, open ended one. I take a non-directive approach to therapy, which means that I don’t set any particular agenda for the sessions but rather follow your lead. The content of each session will therefore vary according to what you bring to each session; what is going on for you on that particular day. The idea is to provide a space in which you can speak freely about your thoughts, emotions, desires, fears and dreams.

From a theoretical perspective, my approach to therapy is predominantly informed by psychoanalytic thinking (click here for more information.)  In short this means that the therapy focuses on feelings, often originating in early life, that have been pushed out of conscious awareness, with the aim of allowing these feelings to come into awareness in the present in order to be processed and understood so as to decreases the power they have on us in the present.

 

ABOUT ME

I completed my MA. Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Johannesburg. I then trained as an intern at Tara Hospital where I first worked in the children's unit and then the adult outpatient department and an adult male inpatient unit. I completed Community Service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.


I am interested in working with people with a wide range of concerns, but also have a special interest in psychosis, including “Schizophrenia” and other “psychotic disorders”. I am a member of the Johannesburg chapter of the The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS.) In addition to running a private practice, I consult to Gateway House a residential facility for people with mental illnesses.

 

FEES

Please contact me directly to enquire about my therapy fees.

 

CONTACT ME

3rd Ave, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

064 298 6459

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