I recognise the importance of a holistic approach to healing and wellbeing. This insight is informed through my former work as a doctor, training in and use of Logotherapy, clinical Supervision, becoming a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator, practising yoga and meditation, and exploring interests in energy medicine, spirituality and consciousness,
I work on the assumption that humans are three-dimensional beings: we have a body, mind and spirit (human essence). We have to pay attention to, and care for, all aspects of ourselves. Reconnecting with our ever-intact spirit, we allow healing to occur and discover solutions to challenges. These solutions are then right for and meaningful to us, allow us to find purpose and live with joy. No matter what we encounter, we can live a great, full, life.
I facilitate conversations and reflections that promote shifts in perspective for healing (restoring wholeness), resilience and thriving. Connecting to the best of You allows you to contribute the best of You.
I worked as a medical doctor for over 20 years: first in South Africa, and then in New Zealand. My first specialty was in paediatrics, and I then worked in the sub-specialist field of clinical genetics for over 15 years. I stopped practising as a doctor in 2019 to focus on presenting the services detailed in this website.
My work with individuals and families with genetic conditions developed my counselling skills and opened me to a deep understanding of the importance of living from a meaning-and gratitude-centered place.
This work led me to complete a Diplomate qualification in Logotherapy, which is an existential framework developed by Dr Viktor Frankl. It is based on the premise that humans seek meaning in life, and that we can find healing through finding meaning. The principles of Logotherapy guide how I live, guided my medical practice, and continue to inform all the services I now provide.
Gratitude has been shown to have benefits for the body, mind, emotions and spirit. I explored the link between Meaning and Gratitude in my Diplomate project, concluding that gratitude is in itself meaningful, and is a pathway to broader meaning-discovery. I use a gratitude focus in my life, and in my work. I have found it to greatly support bringing about positive changes in perspective.
More recently I have engaged with the work of Dr. Brené Brown. I particularly resonate with her message that being courageously vulnerable is the key to 'wholehearted' living. Connection - to self, others, or purpose - is deeply meaningful to us. Brené's work is an exploration of how to develop and deepen such connections, and it therefore feels very aligned with Logotherapy.
Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals. The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership. In September 2019 I completed training with Brené and the DTL Team to become a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, and I am excited to be able to deliver this deeply transformational program.
I aim to use my experience and knowledge to facilitate conversations that promote shifts in perspective for healing (restoring wholeness), resilience and thriving. This may benefit health care professionals, patients and their relatives, those in a leadership role, and anyone wishing to explore meaning and purpose in their lives.
These services support health care professionals, patients and their families.
Using facilitated conversations and reflections, shifts are made that support
healing (restoring wholeness), develop resilience and connect people with joy.
Clinical Supervision and Leadership mentoring
One-on-one sessions: Supervision for healthcare professionals, and mentoring for anyone in a leadership role.
One-on-one sessions for patients, their relatives, or anyone facing a challenging situation and seeking a positive shift in perspective.
Facilitation of the Dare to Lead™ program, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The program focuses on developing courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.
Other tailor-made workshops are based on the meaning-oriented framework of Logotherapy, with focus on a specific area of interest.
All workshops have theoretical and experiential components, time for reflection, and some form of guided relaxation.
Facilitated small group reflections, with a gratitude focus. Ideal for groups with a common interest. Can be used for group Supervision.
Facilitation of deep relaxation sessions (yoga nidra) or training in eliciting the relaxation response. For groups or individuals, for general wellbeing, stress-reduction and healing
Presentations and keynote addresses focusing on topics like meaning-orientation, gratitude, epigenetics, the interface between science and consciousness, and couragous leadership (Dare to Lead™ program).
Qualifications and Training
Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Training, San Antonio, Texas, September 2019
Advanced Leadership Program, Women and Leadership Australia
Diplomate in Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, USA
Title of Diplomate project: Gratitude: A Pathway to Meaning-Discovery
Supervision Skills for Health Care Professionals, University of Technology (Unitec), Auckland, New Zealand
Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine, Harvard Medical School Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, USA
Yoga Nidra level 1 and 2 training, Ashram Yoga, New Zealand (Yoga Alliance accredited)
Yoga teacher training level 1 and 2 (RYT200), Ashram Yoga, New Zealand (Yoga Alliance accredited)
Certificate in Medical Genetics, CMSA, South Africa
Master of Science in Medicine (MSc Med)(Genetic Counselling), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Fellow of the College of Paediatricians (FCPaed(SA)), Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA)
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa