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Ilse Ahrends

2 Arundel Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa


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Based on my personal and professional experience, I believe in the healing potential of a caring, respectful and trusting relationship between therapist and client. I offer long- and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults who struggle with issues like anxiety, depression, abusive relationships, retirement, and who want to understand themselves better.

My clinical work has been largely with women who experienced intimate partner violence – I worked at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg for 15 years. There I had the privilege of accompanying them as they dealt with trauma, depression, anxiety and issues of self-image and self-confidence. They taught me many things, but in particular how they are the experts of their own lived experience (as are all clients), and how much the provision of a safe space, careful empathic listening and the willingness of both client and therapist to work together in a trusting relationship, can facilitate the process of healing.

My private practice however, is not restricted to this sector. I work with adults generally, who are wanting to talk to someone in confidence about what is distressing them, whether it is difficulties in a relationship, depression, anxiety, or life style changes such as retirement and aging. I am also interested in the similarities between psychodynamic psychotherapy and spirituality, and how they can complement each other.

It has been my experience that many people discover, while working through their problems within the therapeutic relationship, that the process is life-enriching for them, with a growing sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance, and hence a growing acceptance of others.

Country South Africa
State/Province Western Cape
Distance: 4,238 Kilometers
Address 2 Arundel Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
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Country South Africa
State/Province Western Cape
Distance: 4,238 Kilometers
Address 2 Arundel Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
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