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Psychotherapy.co.za : Find a Psychologist : Western Cape : Cape Town - Southern Suburbs : Show Entry

Submitted By administrator | Added on: 2004 March 10 | Total Visits: 12411 | Printable version

Mr David van der Want

MA Clin Psych (RAU)

Clinical Psychologist

4 Halvery Holt
46 Campground Road
(Directly Opposite the Rondebosch Common)
083 703 2398


HPCSA Number 0039349 Languages : English, Afrikaans
Therapist's age 41-50
Range of fees Medical Aid Rate -Cash disc)
Gender Male

Special Interests

I regard myself as a generalist with special interests in:

- Couple and marital therapy including breakdown of effective communication, negotiation and recovery from infidelity and the change of repeated and destructive cycles of conflict.

- Psychotherapy with men facing major life transitions and relationship issues.

- Negotiation of major life transitions such as leaving home, mid-life, retirement.

- Therapy with young adults

- Recovery from childhood sexual abuse

- Crisis intervention

Orientation and approach

My approach to therapy is relationship and here-and-now focused and favours the language of soul over traditional languages of pathology and psychological disturbance.

In this framework problems of living, usually given names such as depression, anxiety and stress, are seen as creations of relationship, as the outworking of the creative patterning of our lives.

I view the therapeutic space as a privileged one characterized by authenticity, empathy and warmth. It is a space where the art of living and relating consciously can be practiced and developed.

I strive to listen with warmth, integrity and intelligence and to speak from an informed and useful position. My therapeutic approach is direct and sensitive. I believe that clients should leave a session of psychotherapy feeling somehow relieved and optimally with a slightly different and more empowered understanding of themselves and their circumstances.

MY approach is active, direct, practical and involved.

Personal Statement

I have lived and worked in Cape Town since 2002. Before this I was a lecturer in the the Department of Psychology at the University of Petoria and before that at the East London satellite campus of Rhodes University, Now Fort Hare.

I have maintained a part-time practice since qualifying as a psychologist in 1994 and have been in full-time practice since moving to Cape Town.

David van der Want is a Clinical Psychologist situated at 4 Halvery Holt
46 Campground Road
(Directly Opposite the Rondebosch Common)

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