Individual psychotherapy / psychology is for adults or children wanting to come to terms with things in their lives which are holding them back; or to make positive changes to an area, such as relationships. Individual psychology applies to a range of situations or environments. These could include emotional support for learning difficulties, problem resolution, communication problems and a host of other potentially life changing difficulties.

Seeing a psychologist is not deserving of the stigma which is usually given to it. Seeing a therapist is a great and healthy way of dealing with issues which are impacting on your life. Whether it is a single problem or multiple levels of concern, the individual attending psychotherapy can develop a greater range of coping skills to negotiate life more readily.

Common issues that are treatable with a trained psychologist are anxiety; depression; stress/anger management; communication problems; grieving; interpersonal conflict; eating disorders; substance abuse and addictions; emotional, behavioural and educational problems; sexual identity and sexual/physical abuse. Many people experience psychotherapy as a secure place to share their deepest thoughts and feelings without judgment. The merging of past stories, events, feelings and traumas, with current emotions, patterns, stressors and events enables one to integrate the past and the present.

Everything discussed with your therapist is 100% secure and they will not discuss it with anyone else. Your individual psychotherapy sessions are exactly that; individual and no one will pass judgement on what you say.

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.



Couples Therapy and Marriage Counselling look at the dynamics between you and your partner and highlights areas that will improve the way in which you relate to each other. Throughout the process, issues which impact negatively on a relationship are addressed. Couples Therapy gives couples a platform to heal and move forward together.

What is the focus?

– Mutual needs
– Expectations
– Values
– Life goals
– Mutual understanding

Communication skills 

Communication skills are high on the agenda when working with couples. A lack of communication usually stems from assumption and disagreements. If partners do not learn how to communicate with one another, often disconnection and distance will arise. This will eventually cause conflict, unhappiness or loneliness between couples.

In many relationships, this therapy process is often the last resort in attempting to resurrect what once was.

How does Couples Counselling help us move forward?

Couples Therapy at Bryanwood assists both the couple as a unit, and each individual. Through addressing the learning of valuable communication skills and tools, Marriage Counselling and Couples Therapy assist in providing what is needed to work through existing matters. These techniques are all designed to make the relationship stronger and assist each person in overcoming difficult areas together.

Patterns and dynamics in the relationship

These may cause conflict or difficulty, which are highlighted as areas in the relationship where the most effort needs to be placed. Couples Counselling aims at working through these areas with you and providing tools to assist you. Bryanwood’s therapists have helped many couples in repairing the strong foundation that is vital in all relationships.

How do we keep it together after Couples Therapy or Marriage Counselling?

Couples Therapy provides each person in the relationship with guidance that teaches them how to handle issues that may arise in the future. This valuable guidance attainted during sessions prepares both individuals, once the therapy is complete. Specific goal setting and practice tasks as well as Imago techniques may also be introduced into Couples Therapy.

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.




Divorce Mediation assists adults in planning for the future. When couples divorce there are numerous aspects that need to be worked out and planned so that both parties understand and respect the final decisions made. These decisions revolve around child custody or timesharing: challenging components of divorce to work through, especially in difficult situations.

During Divorce Mediation, both people involved agree to work towards a negotiated settlement. Each party will then take the negotiated settlement to their respective legal representatives for approval post mediation.

Throughout the Divorce Mediation process, the Divorce Mediator does not make decisions on behalf of the couple or their family. Instead, they will facilitate the Divorce Mediation process and steer discussions towards a solution that best works for the children, the couple and the family as a whole.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Besides assisting couples in finalising the details of their separation, Divorce Mediation is a cost effective solution that does not drag on indefinitely. In fact, Divorce Mediation is often a quicker solution and a more pleasant experience for those involved.

What should parents keep in mind during Divorce Mediation?

Both parents need to obtain a complete picture of the family, including any factors that may impact their lives. These factors include schooling, extended family involvement and support as well as emotional or psychological factors.

When should Divorce Mediation be used?

Divorce Mediation may be voluntary or mandatory. In the case of a court order, divorcing couples need to complete a specific number of sessions with the Divorce Mediator in order to fulfil the court order.

Children’s involvement in the Divorce Mediation

According to the new Children’s Act 38 of 2005, if the child of the divorcing couple is legally old enough and mature enough, they have a right to be heard. Their wishes are then taken into consideration as far as possible.

Divorce Mediation bookings should be made only if both parties agree.


Usually conducted by a Social Worker or trained professional, Case Management concentrates on divorce cases where there are children involved. During the Case Management process, the parents have the opportunity to meet with the Social Worker on a weekly, monthly or “needs related” basis. They also have the choice of visiting the children alone or together as a “couple”.

What happens during Case Management?

Case Management is designed to support the parents post divorce, so as to minimise the stress and negative effects the divorce could have on the children. The Case Manager can assist parents in clearly determining their goals and making decisions that are in the best interests of their children.

What are the benefits of Case Management?

There are numerous benefits of Case Management, especially when there are young children involved in the divorce process. Problems and issues that may seem impossible to overcome are worked through and managed through meetings with the Case Manager on a regular or “need to” basis. This will certainly minimise the harmful effects on the children due to the potentially vengeful decisions on the part of the parents.

Case Management is an integral part of the divorce process. Ensure that you protect your child’s interests.


Parenting plans are drawn up in a written agreement between the parents or co- holders of parental responsibilities and rights of the child/ children. The parental planning document outlines in detail each parents’ responsibilities and rights of care, contact, guardianship and maintenance with regard to the child/ children.

Parenting Plan types

There are two types of Parenting Plans. The first Parenting Plan is voluntary or optional. In this case, parents usually draw up a Parenting Plan so as to have a formalised structure in place prior to any difficulties occurring. The second type of Parenting Plan is where difficulties already exist and it pre- empts parents having to go to court to resolve the issues. During either one of the above types of Parenting Plans, wherever there are concerns regarding the care and contact of the children, parents may address the problem with the counsellor.

Common occurrences to take into account

 –  Where and with whom will the child live (primary residence?)
 –  Child Maintenance
 –  Contact between child/ children and both parents
 –  Contact with other relevant people in the child/ children’s life
 –  Schooling and religious upbringing
 –  Medical care for the child
 –  Conflict resolution in the future

Ensuring that each child is heard and that their concerns are noted is an extremely important part of the process. This is obviously age and maturity related. Once the terms have been agreed on, each parent signs the written Parenting Plan document which may then be made an order of court or registered with the Family Advocates office. Plan ahead and protect the well being of your children and yourself.


Child Custody Evaluations, also known as Bio-Psycho-Social Assessments, are conducted by an impartial trained professional with the underlying value base of what is in the very best interest of the child. The purpose of a Child Custody Evaluation is to find the best possible fit between the parent’s current situation and the child’s/ children’s’ needs. This should ultimately meet the needs of the child/ children post divorce or separation.

Child Custody Evaluations are conducted transparently with the knowledge of both parents and/ or the legal representatives.  In the ideal situation, both parties’ circumstances, desires, wishes, work schedules, support structures and other relevant issues are taken into account. Individual parent interviews as well as home visits are conducted during the Child Custody Evaluation. This allows for an honest, overall view of the family circumstances. Age appropriate children are urged to provide feedback in their home environment.

Once the Child Custody Evaluation is complete, the Social Worker/ Professional makes written recommendations regarding the parenting arrangements going forward. These best suit the developmental needs of the child. The Child Custody Evaluation results may be used in court or in legal proceedings as a basis for a parenting plan.

Child Custody Evaluation bookings are essential


Any child experiencing a parent’s divorce will have various requirements. It is important that whilst parents are dealing with their personal issues and legal requirements, that their children too are being considered.

What does a child need from both mom and dad during and after a divorce?

Both parents need to remain involved in their children’s lives, regardless of how difficult the circumstances are. Frequent letters or phone calls are the best ways of staying in touch. Asking lots of questions and staying involved is one of the most important parts of the process.

Enjoy time with the children. It is essential that children feel love and support from both parents. Don’t make a child feel as though they need to take a parent’s side.  Communication remains one of the most important tools in this process. Ensuring that you speak to the other parent directly and not sending messages through the children will put less strain and burden on your children’s shoulders. When speaking about the other parent in front of the children, say only pleasant things. Getting nasty about the other parent could cause resentment towards you and/or damage the relationship betweeen the child and other parent.

Do not feel that because you and your ex- spouse do not live together that your right to teach your children about what is important has been removed. You are still a parent to the children and they need you to guide them through life.

Learn how to maintain a stable and healthy relationship with your children and ex- spouse, post divorce.


Medico– Legal assessments are conducted to determine the pre and post accident functioning of an individual who has been injured. The psychologist conducts the Medico- Legal Evaluation in order to help determine the validity of claims for the compensation from claimants with personal injury.

The injuries that are sustained are usually due to motor vehicle accidents. Claims may be directed to the Road Accident Fund, should the accident be caused by another motor vehicle.

Claims may relate to the various possible damages incurred by the claimant as a result of the injuries sustained in a motor vehicle or other accident. During the Medico- Legal Evaluation, the following is assessed:

 –  The psychological impact of the accident (post- traumatic stress, depression)
 –  Physical injury (disfigurement, disability, brain injury)
 –  Financial (such as a resultant or projected loss of earnings; medical expenses)
 –  Other damages (such as the loss of amenities as a result of the injuries sustained or the inability to continue in mainstream education due to paediatric head injury)

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.



Offering a wide range of benefits such as improving social skills and building confidence, therapy workshops are both sociable and functional. During therapy workshops, individuals are encouraged to share with others who are experiencing similar difficulties. This not only helps in realizing that one is not alone with one’s problem, the therapy workshop sessions offer comfort and support. The therapy facilitates greater empathy and sensitivity towards others. Therapy workshops are often more cost effective as information and personal growth are available to a number of people attending.

Bryanwood Therapy and Assessment Centre, attempts to customise therapy workshops so that they can target specific needs or a certain topic. Workshops can be arranged on the school or business premises or at the Bryanwood Therapy and Assessment Centre.

Workshops for couples:

 –  For premarital, cohabiting and married couples
 –  The workshop tasks are completed by you and your partner in private and are not shared with the group

Workshops for primary and secondary schoolchildren

 –  Assertiveness skills training
 –  How to deal with bullies
 –  Anger management
 –  Self-Esteem
 –  Sex Education
 –  Study skills
 –  Goal attainment
 –  Social skills training
 –  Bereavement

Workshops for Teachers:

 –  Assertive discipline
 –  Basic counselling skills
 –  Stress management

Parent Workshops:

–  Effective parenting


The services available to corporate clients include:

 –  Facilitation of conflict situations
 –  Leadership assessments
 –  Talent management assessments
 –  Workshops- e.g. emotional intelligence (EQ)
 –  Retrenchment counselling and survivor workshops
 –  Stress management workshops
 –  Customised workshops

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.



Family therapy focuses on the relationships and needs of the family as a unit. Through working with the family as a whole system, our psychologists in Sandton believe that the approach is rooted in the belief that people as well as relationships are interconnected. As with group and individual therapy, family therapy is used to approach a wide variety of therapeutic goals.

What to expect during family counselling?

Our psychologists in Sandton use family counselling to help identify the ways in which relationship and individual problems are caused by the family dynamics. For example, if a child is having emotional and/or social problems, our family psychologists, based in the Sandton area will focus on identifying the family patterns that have contributed to the child’s difficulty. This is a preferred method instead of helping the child alone through play therapy.

Why would my family need therapy?

As our family therapists work intimately with the whole family to improve communication, issues and conflict or issue resolution in dealt with as a family unit. However each and every person in the family unit is different and a result, our Sandton based therapists have dealt with varying issues.

These may include:

– Psychological disorders (addiction, bad eating habits)
– Dealing with interactional and transitional crises (divorce, new additions to family)
– Relationship problems within the family structure
– Our psychologists in Sandton may also involve work with smaller sub- systems in the family. These may include siblings and parents as well as their relationships. This systemic approach used by our highly competent family therapists may also extend itself to include the school or other areas.

Why does the entire family need to attend sessions?

Family counselling works effectively when families or individuals within the family structure experience or suffer with one or a number of issues. Our experienced psychologists believe that whether the problem lies with an individual family member or the entire family, everybody needs to be a part of the solution. Our family therapists are skilled in a broad selection of treatment modalities and provide psychotherapeutic and diagnostic services to families in need.

Make an appointment with our psychologists in Sandton, Johannesburg at Bryanwood Therapy & Assessment Centre.

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.




Teen years are commonly a very difficult time in a young adult’s life. Internal changes, both physically and mentally, combined with external challenges might result in issues arising. Teenage depression is a common occurrence as there might not always be a person or support structure to turn to. However in the bigger picture, there is often a variety of issues that teenagers are exposed to or might personally be dealing with.

In many cases, teens find themselves trying to make sense of a situation that is often out of their control;

 –  Divorce
 –  Teen Peer Pressure
 –  Discrimination
 –  Rape
 –  Death
 –  Family Issues

In the haze of confusion, looking for comfort or a “comfort zone” has the potential to steer an individual into a spiraling zone of self damage;

 –  Eating Disorders (weight gain and weight loss)
 –  Substance Abuse
 –  Self- Mutilation
 –  Social Problems
 –  Isolation
 –  Suicide
 –  Sex
 –  Depression
 –  Bullying

Teen psychology offers a positive platform and addresses not only current experiences and issues that might be troubling the teen, but the underlying problems that might have been the source of the problem.

Often when teen issues are left alone to “sort themselves out”, further and in many cases, critical damage is the result. However how do you identify teenage problems and the need for teen psychology?

Every teenager is different and so are their experiences in life. Common behaviours, attitudes and actions however often expose the underlying problems in one’s life. Certain common signs or symptoms often stick out when an individual, specifically a teen is going through a troubling time in their life. These are different to the individual’s usual behavior and are often a sudden or heightened behavior;

 –  Irritability
 –  Sadness
 –  Anger
 –  Loss of interest in fun and usual interests
 –  Worthlessness
 –  Guilt
 –  Over sleep or under sleep
 –  Frequent headaches or physical problems
 –  Common crying
 –  Gain or loss of weight
 –  Loss in concentration
 –  Helplessness and hopelessness
 –  Death or suicidal thoughts
 –  Alcohol and substance abuse

Often one might identify with a few of these behavioural changes. The good news however, if that teen psychology is a thoroughly studied field that assists millions of teens across the world annually.

Bryanwood Therapy and Assessment Centre offers teen psychology for teen depression and various other problems that might be affecting one’s quality of life. Through individual teen psychology, therapists assist in making sense of the current situation, creating goals to overcome obstacles and challenges, building up confidence and surety and creating a balanced lifestyle that allows for the individual to maintain a healthy life.

If you would like to make a teen psychology appointment or if you would like talk to a therapist about someone who you think is troubled, then contact Bryanwood Therapy and Assessment Centre.

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.



Play therapy , the main form of therapy used in child psychology, is one of the many branches of psychology offered. It is one of the forms of therapy that has been the most closely studied. Focusing on the real life challenges that a child and their family are possibly facing, child therapy might involve an individual child, a group of children or a child and his/her family.

A child therapist has a thorough understanding of the physical, behavioural and mental development in children. Through various techniques, including drawing, playing, building and pretending, the therapist is able to build a relationship with the young individual in order to gain a deeper understanding of their current situation.

This relationship that develops during child therapy between a therapist and a child is extremely important. Ensuring that the child feels safe and understood is vitally important. Once a trusting environment has been established, it becomes much easier for the child to open up and express the way they feel.

During child therapy, a therapist will use various tools and techniques to assist the child. The child’s situation will determine the length of child therapy time that is suggested.

Does my child need therapy?

There are numerous reasons as to why a child might require counselling. These range from behavioural issues, to life events and even issues at school. However, no matter the reason, there are a number of symptoms (both sudden and progressive) that should raise a red flag for parents:

 –  Social withdrawal
 –  Learning and attention span problems
 –  Slow speech development
 –  Extreme drop in school grades
 –  Bullying (victim or instigator)
 –  Episodes of sadness and or depression
 –  Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
 –  Insomnia/ nightmares
 –  Mood swings

If parents see sudden negative changes in their child, it is better to address them rather than letting the young person “work through it”.

Child therapy assists children in overcoming current problems and helps parents understand what their child is going through and how to assist. More importantly, child psychology gives children the tools they need to overcome and deal with future incidents.

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.




Do you need help with your child? Play Therapy, also known as Child Psychology, is a specific counselling approach designed for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Such child counselling is a way of helping children to cope with trauma and emotional difficulties they may have experienced. Play Therapy works through common problems that may range from aggression, anxiety and ADHD, to Autism, depression, post traumatic stress and social withdrawal. There are numerous reasons as to why a child would require the assistance of a qualified Child Psychologist:

 –  Death
 –  Divorce
 –  Abuse/ sexual abuse
 –  Bullying
 –  Chronic illness
 –  Domestic violence
 –  Trauma
 –  Relocation

How does Play Therapy work?

The initial focus of child counselling is on building a relationship between a child and the therapist. This is vital as the child or adolescent needs to feel respected before they can express their emotions to the therapist. The idea behind play therapy is to allow for the child to feel supported and safe enough to learn about who they are, and communicate to their fears with the therapist through the use of games, painting, arts and crafts etc.

Children are not miniature adults and not all children are alike

Just as children vary in age, gender, and social circumstance, so they vary in their characteristic ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. In conducting Play Therapy with children, it is frequently necessary to adapt treatments to characteristics of the individual child. It is necessary to adjust play therapy to the developmental level of the child and to meet children at their developmental level, cognitively, socially, and emotionally.

Parental involvement in Play Therapy

Parent involvement is important in child counselling and parents will be asked to meet with the child psychologist at various times. Parents will be asked to contribute to their child’s progress by working with the therapist on changes that can be introduced into the home environment. However, they will not be party to the child’s sessions unless the form of child therapy calls for that particular style of intervention.

The Goal of Play Therapy:

Child psychologists aim to allow children and adolescents to learn how to become better at expressing their emotions in constructive ways. They assist with helping them find their strong and weak points, as well as their needs and dreams. With this training in social skills, a child would become more assertive, self-confident and self-respectful.

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.



Bryanwood Therapy and Assessment Centre, conducts assessments for a wide range of psychological and educational concerns in both children and adults.

While psychological and/or educational assessments may sound terrifying, they are completely harmless. Testing helps provide guidance, focus and information with regards to improving problem areas. The therapist is guided in the right direction to ensure that the correct areas are focused on from the beginning.

Bryanwood caters to both children and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds (this includes expats living or working in South Africa). To ensure that we meet our clients’ needs, we continually update our test library to ensure that we have the appropriate psychological assessments.

When we conduct psychological assessments on children, we involve the parent/s in an interview, where the therapist will ask questions regarding the child’s history. This will go back as far as the pregnancy, the child’s birth and early development, focusing on specific areas of concern. Once the Educational or Psychological Assessment has been done, the therapist arranges a feedback session with the parent/s to discuss the information gained from the assessment. Involving parents in this process is an essential part of the process as they will contribute significantly to the success of any treatment going forward.

Contact Bryanwood for any questions you may have involving Psychological or Educational Assessments


Bryanwood’s goal is to assist in improving the quality of life for children who face the challenges associated with a wide range of developmental and behavioural problems. At times it is difficult for parents to pinpoint exactly what their child’s concerns and difficulties are. Emotional assessments provide insight into a child’s self-identity, self-esteem, functioning in the family, school and social context, as well as any other concerns. Emotional assessments for adults focus on several areas, including EQ (emotional intelligence), hope, optimism and creativity. The influence of physical health on psychological function, addiction/substance-abuse issues etc are also addressed if need be.


The aim of these assessments is to look at aptitudes, interests, personality functioning, goals and values. Once this is done, therapists assist clients in combining points to increase self-knowledge. This enables the individual to make a more informed and considered choice with regards to tertiary education and study or adaptations to chosen career paths.


Educational assessments include a battery of tests that most children and teenagers experience as “like being in school”. The point of educational assessments is to evaluate the level of cognitive and behavioural functioning and to serve as a basis for making recommendations about school placement and overall care of the child. Educational assessments also assist in diagnosing learning disabilities and attention difficulties that interfere with learning. Tests will look at the child’s ability to sit still, to focus, to process information, visually and auditorily as well as to organise thoughts in his/her head and on paper. Through diagnostic evaluation, personalised recommendations and intervention, Bryanwood strive to help children achieve success in their everyday lives through the determination of their unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses.


The aim of these assessments is to ascertain the level of progress towards developmental milestones. These include gross- and fine-motor control, speech and language development, personal and social self-care skills and practical reasoning abilities for younger children (3 – 5 years of age). This type of assessment is recommended for school-readiness purposes, as well as when there is concern about possible delayed development in any area.


These may include additional time when writing matriculation and university examinations as well as spelling and handwriting concessions.


Reports are written to determine and quantify children’s special educational needs prior to emigration, or on behalf of relocation agencies placing families in South Africa.

Psychology is a very important part of what makes each and every one of us unique. Bryanwood therapists understand this, which is why we place so much emphasis on everyones well being.



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