Dr Sonia Joubert
BA(US), Hons(RAU), HED(Unisa), B.Ed(Unisa), M.Ed Psych(RAU),
|47 Fourth Street
082 822 4179
: English and Afrikaans
We all sometimes get stuck at a specific spot in life; it is natural for humans. As a psychologist and life coach I can show you how to find creative solutions for your current difficulty. It is like getting a fresh pair of eyes to view your problem objectively. You are the ultimate authority on your own life and I am merely the facilitator to assist you to unlock your mind; your potential as a problem solver. You can learn to “think” solutions. It is possible to train your mind and change your brain!
I can assist individuals of all South African cultures to master personal difficulties such as loneliness, a lack of self esteem, low confidence, anger, stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, ADD and ADHD. I can help you find solutions for problems you might experience with your relationships, work or finances. I offer the following services which can be scheduled over weekends and after hours to accommodate you at no extra cost:
Personal mastery by acquiring creative and critical thinking skills through life coaching
Spiritual issues like dealing with bereavement, finding purpose and meaning in retirement
Divorce mediation and court reports
Therapy for children and teenagers with emotional or learning difficulties
Psychological assessments for personality, identifying scholastic problems, aptitudes and careers
Online counseling and life coaching service at www.thinkingfit.co.za
Remember: EVERY PROBLEM HAS A CREATIVE SOLUTION
Orientation and approach“Without correct thought, there cannot be correct action.”
My 25 years of experience as a therapist with a doctorate in creative thinking, has resulted in a flexible, open and solution oriented style. Although I am well versed in a wide range of therapeutic approaches, I have a strong leaning towards cognitive therapy.
This approach views the feelings we have, decisions we make and actions we take as the direct consequence of the way we think - first the thought, then the feeling, decision or action. If we become aware of how we think and cultivate healthy ways of thinking, solutions to every problem we might experience, will be a natural consequence.
In recent years, neuroscientists made revolutionary breakthroughs in understanding how the brain works. This confirms the importance of learning to think about our thinking. The most important discovery neuroscientists made was neuroplasticity; “neuro” for brain cell and “plasticity” for changeable and malleable.
The essence of neuroplasticity is that the brain can change at any age. It is possible to overcome mental difficulties like depression, ADD or OCD and even increase our intelligence and delay the ageing process! Prior to this discovery, the general viewpoint about how the brain works, was that after childhood, the only changes that take place is when it starts to decline through the ageing process. Fortunately, this has been proven wrong!
Neuroscientists proved that our experiences and thoughts wire our brain cells to form neural pathways. These result in thinking, feeling and behavioral habits. Like all habits, some of them work to our advantage and others against. The beauty of neuroplasticity is that choosing different experiences and thoughts can literally rewire and change the brain to form any new productive habit we might desire. Neuroplasticity gives hope and encouragement that we can recreate every aspect of our lives by changing how we think.
During therapy or life coaching, clients invariably also pick up on “rewiring” skills in applying creative and critical thinking in a problem solving process. Without many exceptions, discovering how to use these skills in everyday situations, empower clients, built confidence and spontaneously opened up new areas towards personal mastery.
From a personal perspective, I like to see myself as a coach to stretch the mind of a particular client rather than the proverbial “shrink.” The client and I are learners and problem solvers together. I have lived through many personal difficulties clients may experience myself and this perhaps enables me to understand their problems and challenges on a deeper level. For more information, feel welcome to visit my website at www.thinkingfit.co.za
I regard it as an honour and huge privilege when a client chooses me as a therapist or life coach. My commitment is to share my expertise and knowledge to the best of my ability while maintaining the ethical codes prescribed for my profession.
Sonia Joubert is a Psychologist situated at 47 Fourth Street