Kirsten McLeod

CHILD COUNSELLOR / WELLBEING COACH FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

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I completed my Honours Degree in Psychology at The University of Cape Town in 2013. I studied my Undergraduate Degree in Social Sciences at the University of the Free State. I have also completed an advanced certificate in counselling through the South African Colllege of Applied Psychology as well as Advanced Play Therapy Courses through Dr. Hannie Schoemann, who has a Phd in the field.

 

I have been in private practice for the last 4 years, focussing specifically on the young child between the ages of 5 to 12 years old, as well as supporting the emotional well-being of children, families and teachers. Previously, I worked as a Primary School Counsellor for 2 years. 

 

Children learn that feelings are visitors that come and go. When children are taught that all feelings are important they begin to form a different relationship with their feelings. They learn that they are not their feelings and discover who they really are. Through this process children (and parents) learn to become less reactive and more conscious of whats going on within and around them, allowing for greater understanding. An opportunity then arises to reframe challenging situations and begin to see clearly as to what a more skilful and compassionate response is for themselves and/or towards others. Children begin to feel empowered and more accepting of themselves helping them grow into more emotionally intelligent individuals.

I specialise in play therapy techniques for children and family counselling. Mindfulness is an integral part of my daily living and counselling process. Mindfulness helps us to slow down, quiet our minds and external noise so that we aren’t pulled away by distractions. We develop the capacity to enjoy the here and now, to be present, to be alive and live authentically. I am also a social & emotional skills practitioner, teaching children EQ skills.

Services I offer

  • Play Therapy / Counselling for Children

  • Parent Support

  • Social & Emotional Well-Being Groups