BACKGROUND

I have been in private practice since early 2001 (16 years). I developed an interest in human sexuality during my training in clinical psychology. The curriculum in clinical psychology contained very little education on human sexuality which necessitated a considerable amount of self-study during my training. When course requirements and practicals permitted exposure to education in human sexuality I accepted the opportunities gladly.

 

Private practice made it possible to meet other medical and mental health professionals who have a special interest in human sexuality. It was through this network of professionals that I became a board member of the Southern African Sexual Health Association (SASHA) from 2001 up to 2004.

 

The relocation of my practice to the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in 2003 presented another opportunity for me to gain specialized knowledge and experience. The facility specializes in the physical rehabilitation of people who sustained spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. I gained valuable experience in treating patients who sustained life-changing neurological injuries. The hospital environment also became an informal training facility in that my knowledge about medical procedures, treatments and neuropsychology increased tremendously. I was able to offer sex therapy to patients when it was apparent that their physical disability and/or neurological trauma had impacted their sexual functioning in a negative way.

EDUCATION

I completed the following training programs:

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Sexology with the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (AACS); then affiliated with the University of Maimonides, Miami, Florida USA.
  • Master of Arts (MA.) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Limpopo; an approved and registered degree with the HPCSA.
  • Baccalaureus Artium cum Honoribus (BA. Hons.) in Psychology with the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU); renamed the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
  • Baccalaureus Artium cum Honoribus (BA. Hons.) in Philosophy with the RAU/UJ.

LICENSES

  • MA. Registered Clinical Psychologist with the HPCSA; registration # PS 0071951.
  • Certified Clinical Sexologist with the American Board of Sexology (ABS); registration # 2884.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 2001 - 2008:      Southern African Health Association (SASHA)
  • 2003 - present   Psychological Association of South Africa (PsySSA)
  • 2002 - present   World Professional Association for Transgender health (WPATH)