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Counsellors

Counselling is a form of ‘talk therapy’. It involves individuals, couples, or families meeting with a trained professional counsellor to discuss issues and problems they are facing in their lives. Professional counselling is confidential and non-judgmental.

“We learn to starve our distractions and feed our focus. Our focus is learning to develop a ‘can do’ and ‘do have’ attitude, and this attitude will determine our altitude and happiness.”

Tracey Pinder

Kirsten Pratt

Kirsten Pratt

Email: kirstenp@theschooloflife.org.za

Biography

Professional Wellness Counsellor – Practice Number: SWC22/1466 (ASCHP)

I am a Licensed Specialist Wellness Counsellor registered with the ASCHP and I am a Life Skills Coach. I have done my undergrad and postgraduate honors in psychology and Ive also done the STREPCO counselling course and my life skills coaching course.
My approach to therapy is through a holistic and integrative approach,I do not believe that 1 type of therapy works for everyone, therefore I use a variety of theories and techniques in my sessions and I work with what works well with my clients, everyone is unique therefore my therapy sessions are personalized to my clients.

Services Offered
  • Counselling: All types

  • Trauma Counselling

  • Trauma Debriefing

Kirsten Harris

Kirsten Harris

Email: kirstenh@theschooloflife.org.za

Biography

Professional Registered Counsellor PRC0041645

What I Do

  • I am a qualified Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa

How I Got Here

  • Rhodes University: Undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology.
  • Honours degree (with full academic colours) in Political and International Studies.
  • University of Cape Town: MPhil (focus on masculinity and identity constructs)
  • Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town: foundation programme in Design Thinking. This programme fuelled my passion, activism, and engagement, through their focus on a human-centered approach to problem-solving. The programme has significantly shaped the way that I work with people.
  • South African College of Applied Psychology: BPsych Equivalent degree

Who I am

My area of focus is predominantly trauma counselling as well as working with LGBTQIA+ individuals. I am also qualified to administer psychometric assessments, primarily in the area of career guidance.

I am committed to helping people; this has taken various forms throughout my life.

My passion is focused on individuals and groups; on a broader level, it lies within research. particularly in the field of Human Rights, with a focus on equality (in general) and gender equality (more specifically). My drive is to make primary mental healthcare services accessible to as many people as possible.

I am a genuine, compassionate, and caring human. Kindness, respect, and honesty form the foundation of my moral compass. I am not driven to change the whole world (although I am not against it), I would simply like to change one person’s world at a time.

Services Offered
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping skills
  • Grief and loss
  • Counselling individuals
  • Psychometric Assessments (Career)
  • Trauma counselling
  • Career guidance
  • Trauma debriefing
  • Working with Identity
  • LGBTQIA+ counselling
Sumaiyah Dowjee

Sumaiyah Dowjee

Email: sumaiyah@theschooloflife.org.za

Biography

Completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Social services with specialization in Applied Psychology through the University of South Africa.

While working in corporate a background in Psychology offered a unique perspective in dealing with employee crisis management. She is the founder of Wellness Rewired and a certified trained coach at The School of Life in EQ skills, ADHD, and Character education. Her passion for assisting people has always been at the forefront of her life.

Sumaiyah takes pride in being involved in community projects that help in empowering people to break through the stereotypes and stigmas that have limited their ability to be healthy and thriving in all aspects of their lives.

Services Offered
  • ADHD and Relationships
  • ADHD Care Support Group
  • ADHD Life Coaching
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness in relationships
  • Balance – managing your personal power
  • Co-dependent relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Confrontation
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence skills
  • Emotional resilience
  • Forgiveness
  • Goal setting with accountability
  • How to positively and effectively parent your ADHD Child Virtual workshop
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindsets – How to develop & maintain a positive mindset
  • Organisational Skills
  • Personal Change Management skills
  • Procrastination
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-Esteem Course
  • Self-regulation
  • Stress Management
  • Success Mindset
  • Time Management
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Trauma Debriefing
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Worry
Tracey Pinder

Tracey Pinder

Email: tracey@theschooloflife.org.za

Biography

Tracey Pinder is the owner and founder of The School of Life (Pty) Ltd and The School of Life Non Profit Organisation.

Tracey is a neurodiverse individual with over 20 years of counselling and coaching experience. She has dedicated her practice to uplifting individuals from all walks of life. She has personally trained over 50 Life skills  coaches and leads a team of  like minded, dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate coaches who  altruistically educate, equip, empower and inspire individuals by raising self awareness, developing life skills and cultivating self-respect.

Services Offered
  • ADHD and Relationships
  • ADHD Care Support Group
  • ADHD Information Virtual Workshop
  • ADHD Life Coaching
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness in relationships
  • Balance – managing your personal power
  • Boundaries – self empowerement
  • Certifed Life Skills Coaching Course
  • Co-dependant relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Confrontation
  • Consequences of addiction
  • Coping skills
  • Counselling for families with addiction
  • Counselling individuals
  • Couples counselling
  • Depression
  • Depression Care Counselling
  • Emotional Intelligence skills
  • Emotional resilience
  • Fmaily Counselling
  • Feelings verses Emotions
  • Financial Management
  • Forgiveness
  • Goal setting with accountability
  • Grief and loss
  • Group Trauma de-briefing
  • How to positively and effectively parent your ADHD Child Virtual workshop
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching – Ager 13-18
  • Leaderships Coaching – Five one hour modules
  • Marriage Coufnselling
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness Coaching – Age 13 – 18
  • Mindsets – How to develop & maintain a postive mindset
  • Organisational Skills
  • Personal Change Management skills
  • Pre-marital counselling
  • Pre-marital, couples and marriage counselling course
  • Procrastination
  • Reflective learning
  • Relapse prevention plan
  • Relationship Coaching – Six one hour modules
  • Relationship Skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-Esteem Coching – Ager 13 – 18 years
  • Self-Esteem Coaching – Age 9 – 12 years
  • Self-Esteem Course
  • Self-regulation
  • Separation/Divorce Care
  • Social Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Stress Management – Sger 13 – 18 years
  • Success Mindset
  • Time Management
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Trauma De-briefing
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Worry
Pastor Abigail Mbuzi

Pastor Abigail Mbuzi

Email: pastoraj@theschooloflife.org.za

Biography

My passion and desire is to help the young couples to build their home, build Godly relationships and families through muc coaching skills.

I help young couples to understand the importance of building strong families.

Services Offered
  • Counselling: All types

  • Trauma Counselling

  • Trauma Debriefing

Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson

Email: heather@theschooloflife.org.za

Biography
  • Assertiveness in relationships
  • Balance – managing your personal power
  • Bipolar Care Coaching
  • Boundaries – self empowerment
  • Co-dependent relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Confrontation
  • Depression
  • Depression Care Counselling
  • Emotional Intelligence skills
  • Emotional resilience
  • Feelings versus Emotions
  • Financial Management
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief and loss
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindsets – How to develop & maintain a positive mindset
  • Organisational Skills
  • Personal Change Management skills
  • Procrastination
  • Relationship Skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Stress Management
  • Success Mindset
  • Time Management
  • Trauma De-briefing
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Worry
Services Offered
  • Counselling: All types

  • Trauma Counselling

  • Trauma Debriefing

Graeme van der Watt

Graeme van der Watt

Email: graeme@theschooloflife.org.za

Biography

I was diagnosed with ADHD in grade two and began a course of prescribed ADHD medication that got me through high school. I found that I had an established pattern; I did well in the classes that interested me and struggled with those I did not. After matric I took a gap year to consider my future and my career options. During this time I stopped taking my medication because I had been advised that I would grow out of my ADHD and wouldn’t need the medication as an adult.

When I did my undergraduate degree in architecture, I found that I repeated my pattern of doing well with subjects that engaged me and struggled with those that didn’t. Although I achieved the degree without medication it took me two years longer than it should have. It was only as I was working on my honors and masters I realised that,
even though I was working extremely long hours and understood the material, I was missing deadlines and falling behind my classmates. In seeking help I found Dr Jeeva and with his advice I was able to resume medication and achieve the academic results that my hard work merited.

Dr Jeeva educated me on the differences between adult and child ADHD and not only worked with me to find the right medication regimen for me, but also referred me to The School of Life to help me gain the life skills I needed to graduate with my masters degree in Architecture, specialising in the design of educational spaces for children with ADHD and autism (ASD). In my professional life I have discovered that while I still love all aspects of design, my true passion is in education and helping people (with and without ADHD) to find practical solutions to navigate the modern work environment, whether that be at home, in school or in the office. I believe that with the right tools and motivation everyone has the power to excel.

Services Offered
  • ADHD and Relationships
  • ADHD Care Support Group
  • ADHD Information Virtual Workshop
  • ADHD Life Coaching
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness in relationships
  • Balance – managing your personal power
  • Boundaries – self empowerment
  • Communication skills
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence skills
  • Emotional resilience
  • Goal setting with accountability
  • How to positively and effectively parent your ADHD Child Virtual workshop
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindsets – How to develop & maintain a positive mindset
  • Organisational Skills
  • Procrastination
  • Relationship Skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-Esteem Course
  • Stress Management
  • Success Mindset
  • Time Management
  • Trauma Debriefing
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Worry

what is counselling

We will work with you to help you overcome and manage various mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges. We listen to your problems and challenges, and then create a treatment plan and coping strategies for you, our client, to follow.

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Our Services

We provide the following services:

Business Coaching, Character Education Curriculum, Corporate Workshops & Wellness, Counselling, Life Coaching, Life Skills Coaching, Life Skills Workshops, Neurodiverse Coaching, Neurodiverse Free School Talks, Neurodiverse Information Workshops, Neurodiverse Lagging Skills Assessments, Neurodiverse Teachers Training Workshops, NLP Coaching, Parenting Workshops, Presentations, Talks, Trauma De-briefing, and a free monthly Neurodiverse Support Group Meeting via Zoom.

Send us a message and we’ll work with you to find a time and day for the session that works best for you. If you are unsure of the life skills you require, we may schedule an evaluation. Initial Assessment covers a quick overview of the person’s background, present difficulties, and the skill set needed to overcome difficulties and overcome obstacles that they are encountering personally or professionally.

We would LOVE to hear from you and hope to meet you soon!

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