I was trained as a clinical psychologist at University of the Western Cape and Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital and started in private practice in 1992. At Janet Bytheway & Associates, my colleagues and I offer our services to children, adolescents, families and adult individuals. I have a special interest in working with families facing complex challenges (i.e. children and adults living with chronic conditions) and families where high levels of conflict are present. I am a FAMAC accredited mediator.
In the early 1990’s, while still training, Michael White presented his work at with ‘sneaky poo’ at the Centre for Family Therapy. The seed was sown but it was to be a number of years before I was reunited with Narrative ideas and thinking. In 2003, when Elize bought Michael White to South Africa I was ripe and ready for these ideas. Little did I know, that I would need to take an unlearning journey of all the years of training and 11 years of practice, before I was able to take narrative therapy ideas into my work. Since this time I have been involved in Elize’s consultation groups and have been exposed to the many international teachers that have been brought here through Elize’s training programme. Narrative therapy ideas and thinking has opened up spaces to work that before seemed inaccessible.
In 2006, a small group of volunteers and I founded Kidz Voices (previously The Play Therapy Team). It is a community project that offers counselling and support via therapeutic play to children who might not otherwise have access to therapeutic services. Volunteers are trained to become child support workers and offer these services in local schools. A group of volunteers and I co-ordinate the project . Once a year we train a new group of volunteers.
Consultation Groups in Blaauwberg
I will be offering in Blaauwberg TWO monthly Narrative study groups.
Narrative Therapy for Beginners (First Wednesday of the month)
The Beginners group will focus on the philosophy behind post-modern thinking and the basic principles of Narrative Therapy. No previous knowledge of Narrative therapy is required. The focus will be on the application of these ideas in practice. Application has been made for 18 CPD points
Narrative Therapy, Next Step (Second Wednesday of the month)
The Next Step group will assume a basic understanding of narrative ideas and will look more closely at the application of these ideas in practice – including the therapeutic relationship and clinical practice. Some previous knowledge of Narrative therapy will be assumed. Application has been made for 18 CPD points.
The groups will meet in Blaauwberg on nine Wednesday mornings (9-11am) throughout the year (school holidays excluded). Afternoon sessions will be considered if there is enough interest. Participants will be expected to do reading for each session and to bring case work for discussion.
Cost: R3300 (includes reading material and refreshments). A R750 deposit paid by 15 December will secure your place. The balance is payable at the first group (or in instalments- by arrangement only).
Please contact Siobhan Hattingh at email@example.com to book, as places are limited.
Link to website : www.janetbytheway.co.za