Dr Joan Collett
Counselling Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Gordons Bay
What I do: Separating People from Their Problems
I am a therapist, specialising in narrative counselling. Narrative counselling is a respectful, non-blameful approach that separates you as a person from your problems and encourages you to develop the necessary skills and attitudes needed to overcome your difficulties.
My Experience and Qualifications
I hold a doctorate, completed in 2011, with specialisation in the eating disorders, (anorexia and bulimia) and addictions, which provides me with specialist knowledge and a model of expertise necessary to deal with these conditions.
My academic qualifications in Clinical Psychology and Practical Theology, together with more than a decade of hands-on experience, extends my therapeutic care and support to include individual counselling, couples counselling and parental counselling and support.
What makes me different? Healing rather than curing
“I do not view the body as in need of repair. People do not need fixing – they need healing.”
In the words of Damasio : “As human beings, we first feel, then think, then act”.
I look beyond the body and beyond symptoms: I believe that emotional turbulences affect the totality of life lived in the body, the ability of the sufferer to make meaning of his/her life and to perceive themselves and others clearly. Eating disorders, addiction/substance abuse, and relationship problems mask deeper, underlying issues that need to be uncovered and dealt with if change and growth is to be accomplished.
Why come to me for counselling?
I have a deep, heartfelt concern for all lives crippled by emotional problems, by anorexia or bulimia, and other forms of addiction – whether to food, alcohol, drugs or any other entity. I also firmly believe that everyone can achieve total transformation and healing. It is a reality I live every day. I have confidence in recovery – your recovery; it stems from witnessing first-hand the countless healing journeys of my clients.
“I am so thankful to be alive and was indeed lucky to have had Joan as my psychological counsellor. Having been lost in anorexia’s black hole of nothingness, Joan never gave up on me, her commitment to my journey will always be treasured by myself and my family”.
“Joan’s appreciation of life and all things beautiful convinced me that I too can live without ongoing chaos caused by alcohol controlling my life. The journey to let go was hard with many setbacks. Joan’s ongoing commitment to my journey is what pulled me through. I can stand back in appreciation and look how far I have come, knowing I will never ever go back to where I was.”
“I am so grateful I took my daughter to see Joan when I did. Joan has a very unusual way of working with young people. She connects with them at a very deep level and gain their trust right at the start. After only one session with Joan I could see the difference in my child. She was smiling again after a very long time! “
“Four years after I lost my first wife I decided to remarry. It was hard for my children aged 10 and 12 to accept some-one new. Always sensitive to our difficulties, Joan assisted us individually and together to build and strengthen family ties. She supported us in the healing process and enabled us all to move forward.”
“By treating me not as a patient, but as a person – as a friend – Joan gained my trust, and I valued what she had to say. She showed me ways of getting back in touch with myself. Ways of getting to know myself again. I now have plans for my life. I have dreams and ambitions and I feel I have potential”
“We experienced relationship problems, causing our marriage to suffer. We contracted with Joan for a few sessions. Joan has a heart for people and a passion for what she is doing. Her friendly, yet professional manner of dealing with people is something which comes very naturally for her, something which immediately made us very comfortable with her and really impressed us. It was a pleasure for us to work alongside Joan.”