My Practice

I view people as experts of their own lives and change as an expansive process that requires the constant strengthening of resources as well as a curious mind.  My practice aims to build on existing strengths and to engage in reflective processes that deepen understandings of self and relationship to other.   I journey alongside my clients to access their intentions for their lives and to create outcomes that are authentic and sustainable.

I work in the following areas:

The Practice Diaries and Supervision:

I run a structured process of reflection on practice and vocation called The Practice Diaries. I also offer individual supervision and supervise organisational psychology internships. 

Diversity:

All forms of discrimination have social, economic and political grounds.   Once we understand how relations of power shape our experiences of people who are different to ourselves, we can begin to build and restore human relations based on dignity and respect.  I facilitate strategic conversations around diversity that focus on creating awareness of self in relation to difference.   These reflections strengthen work relationships, workplace culture and the interface between organisations and wider society.   

Career and Workplace Counseling:

I assist people to find creative solutions to their life and work challenges by exploring the stories that shape their lives.  As social beings, we live our lives according to the stories that we tell ourselves and the stories that others tell about us.  When we experience difficulties, we typically become preoccupied with a narrow story about these problems. I explore with my clients the variety of stories that inform their lives.  This broader perspective serves to challenge the problem story and to find ways to access hopes, intentions and values.

Coaching:

My training as a psychologist is my departure point and I work at the interface between psychology and the workplace to explore questions around career and work purpose.  I enter coaching conversations with clients that support them to reflect on the narratives that inform their thoughts and actions.  These reflections lead to an appreciation for their preferred realities.  We then work out how to shape identity and action in order to  manifest intentions.  

Conflict Mediation:

I assist individuals and groups to resolve their differences and to build meaningful personal and work relationships.   The narrative perspective that I work from views conflict as arising from inter-relationships shaped by history, culture and power.  I am also a part-time commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration.

People and Organisational Development:

I believe that organisational wellbeing is linked to the extent to which the inner compass of people’s lives is connected to their outer expression.  The success and maintenance of any organisational intervention must therefore sustain the meaning that people attach to working life, their work relationships and their interaction with their organisations and wider society.

My work focuses on the connections between people and the kinds of organisations they create and inhabit.  I use story-telling in my work because stories sustain organisational life and reveal obstacles and possibilities for change.  People move from discussion to conversation as stories are culturally rich and accessible across different experiences.  The telling, listening and reflecting on personal-work stories is an effective tool for a range of organisational processes including team building; strengthening communication; leadership development;  and change interventions.

Writing:

I freelance as a researcher, materials developer and report writer.   I have a keen interest in journal writing and I integrate this practice in my work.

I write both fiction and non-fiction.  My published biography of Steve Biko is part of a series of educational books titled People’s Leaders of the Twentieth Century.  It has been translated into Zulu and Xhosa, is used as a supplementary school textbook and has been adapted for adult literacy programmes.  My poetry was published in Writing the Self: An anthology of new writing from Women’s Writing Workshops.