Counselling Psychologist

Therapeutic approach

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but about learning to dance in the rain” – Vivian Green

A quality based therapeutic relationship is central to the therapeutic process. The fundamental principles upon which this relationship is based is that of unconditional positive regard, accurate empathy and genuineness. The client’s own potentials are the power centre of effective therapy. Therapy assists clients to activate those self-healing potentials by assisting clients to develop an understanding of themselves, through liberating their own resources and by managing their lives more effectively.

Furthermore, I realize that different clients have different needs. There are many “brands” of psychotherapy but I begin by talking with the client to determine, in a collaborative way, the type of approach that best fits the client’s needs. As a psychologist, I aim to help clients identify, develop and use resources that will make them more effective agents of change both within the sessions and within their everyday lives. 

I offer a wide range of therapeutic services where I work in an integrated manner  to meet the unique needs of each client. An environment is created where clients feel heard and understood.

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails”– H. Jackson Brown JR

practical training:

My practical training includes but is not limited to:

  • Vista Clinic
  • Student Counselling Division (University of Pretoria & Tshwane University)
  • Schools (Rosina Sedibane Sport School, Trinityhouse Pre-primary, Preparatory and High school)
  • High Performance Centre (TUKS)
  • Children’s Homes (Louis Botha & Jakanranda Kinderhuis)
  • Mobieg Counselling Services
  • Part-time Lecturer at SACAP (South African College of Advanced Psychology)
  • Itsoseng Clinic Mamelodi- Trauma Counsellor and Psychometrist

I am currently working in private practice in Johannesburg, consulting for Mobieg NGO and Trinityhouse School.

Services offered:

I offer a number of therapeutic services to meet your individual needs and to empower you to reach your full potential as an individual, couple or business entity.

Individual Therapy (Child, Adolescent, Adult)

Presenting complaints that may be addressed in therapy include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Parental Guidance
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Bereavement
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Academic Difficulties (study skills)
  • Self-Growth and Exploration (Self esteem, self-motivation, decision making, personality development)
  • Eating and Sleeping Problems
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
  • Performance
  • Development (Sport)
  • Group Therapy (Child, adolescent, adult)
  • Couples therapy
  • Assessment ( General Scholastic, career, subject choice, personal growth, MMCI, MMPI, emotional)
  • Group based Adventure Therapy
  • Group Psycho education/workshops

Children

When conducting sessions with children, I use Play therapy techniques. Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and assist children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. Various forms of ‘play’ are utilized in therapy to help the child express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to do so. Although everyone benefits, play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old. Teenagers and adults have also benefited from play techniques.

Possible outcomes of Play Therapy:

  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to identify, experience and express emotion more effectively.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn and apply new social skills.
  • Develop self-efficacy and self confidence.

My Consultation Fees:

My consultation fees are charged according to standard Medical Aid rates.

Assessments: Please email for a quotation.

Email: laken@counsellingpsychologist.co.za

Medical aid claims: I claim directly from your medical aid should funds be available. It is your responsibility to confirm this with your medical aid prior to the sessions.

Cash Payments: These payments are invoiced on a monthly basis and you are given 3 days for payment.

Laken Folster
Counselling Psychologist

BA. (UP) BA. Hons (UNISA) MA Psych (UP)

PS0129054

Private Practice: 0594326