I was born and grew up in The Netherlands. I moved to Johannesburg in 1982 and I became involved in Deaf Education. The exposure to special needs education motivated me to further my studies through Unisa and obtain a Bachelors in Psychology and Linguistics.
In 1988 I moved to Cape Town and began my role as mother. I continued to pursue my studies and obtained my first Honours Degree in Psychology (Unisa). From 1996 – 2000 I founded and managed the Nederlandse School Kaapstad, a language and culture programme for the Dutch speaking community in Cape Town.
My passion for the Deaf called again………I worked as an educator at Mary Kihn School in Observatory (2001) and in 2003 I was offered the post as school counsellor at Dominican School for Deaf Children in Wynberg. I obtained a second Honours degree in Educational Psychology at UWC. A promotion post in 2008 placed me in the position of Head of Department of the Pre-School section.
However, counselling and guidance remained my passion and after much deliberation and thought, I decided to set up my private practice. During the last two years, I have attended various training programmes to equip me with additional “tools”: play therapy – beginners and advanced courses, trauma counselling, introduction of narrative therapy. The official launch of the practice was in February 2017.
My other involvements are with:
- Red Cross Hospital Audiology department where I run a Parent Guidance Clinic for 4th year UCT students;
- Pinelands North Primary School, as a member of the learner support team (Afrikaans tutoring, counselling);
- Cannons Creek High School, as a reader or scribe for assessments.
In my leisure time I enjoy travelling, hiking, walking my dogs DeeJay and Malou, spending time with family and friends, cooking, wine tasting, theatre and reading.