We have a highly experienced and valued team of therapists including:
Jennifer has worked in the paediatric field for 12 years and has a heart for seeing children reach their full potential. She has a deep understanding of the difficulties in coping on a day to day basis with underlying sensory processing issues and behavioural concerns. Jennifer understands the impact of this in the child’s social setting, school environment as well as their place in the family; and thus incorporates intervention in all areas. A gentle approach is used, incorporating mostly play as a means of treatment, to encourage children to reach their goals and improve overall functioning. Being a mother of 3, Jennifer longs to see heart to heart connection and healthy attachments between mother and child. Jennifer has developed Handwriting Programs which are implemented in schools across JHB, as well as fine motor courses for pre school children. Jennifer, along with Dani Lee, co – found Nurtured Life; a practice for the 0 – 2 year old baby (enhancing their development) and their caregiver. Being an avid entrepreneur, Jennifer has also recently launched Acorns and Oaks: Equipment for Little People. Jennifer passionately trains and builds up young therapists with huge potential, and is in love with the work she is called to do.
Zaakirah Ebrahim joined the practice in June 2016. Zaakirah graduated from the University of Cape Town and completed her compulsory community service year at Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Sowetu. During this period, she has gained vast experience in treating burns patients, hand injuries, physical conditions, developmental delays in children and Neo-natal conditions. To date, she has attended a course on self regulation gaining knowledge on sensory integration and treating principles, Unpacking Dyslexia, and is completing her training in Sensory Integration this year. Zaakirah has attended the Stark Griffen Dyslexia training with Sandra Stark from Die Rooi Appel and has obtained her certificate in Dyslexia diagnosis and treatment. For Zaakirah working with children has thought her how to find joy and happiness in lifes simple pleasures. Zaakirah is a passionate therapist whose heart lies in early childhood development. She is enthusiastic and combines passion with excellence in all she does. Working with children invigorates her. She comes alive in working with them towards a brighter future.
Zaakirah loves that children can find such joy and happiness in the little things, their innocence and simplistic ways motivate Zaakirah to find happiness and joy in life’s simple pleasures.
Caryn Thompson joined the practice in 2019. Caryn Initially trained as a foundation phase teacher and graduated from UNISA in 2009. She then completed a number of teaching assignments locally and overseas where she taught at an International School in Thailand. In 2013 Caryn returned to South African and commenced her Occupational Therapy studies, graduating from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in 2017 (B.Octh).
She completed her community service at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Here she gained invaluable experience in both Adult and Paediatric occupational therapy with extensive exposure to hospital-based conditions such as strokes, amputations, burns and hand & spinal cord injuries. In her time in the Paediatric unit she gained experience in a number of infant and child related cases including burns, learning difficulties, developmental delays and various other neonatal conditions. Caryn has attended a number of courses focused on neurology, alternative and augmented communication and has commenced her Sensory Integration training.
With a clear passion for children, Caryn is an energetic and enthusiastic therapist who is able to combine both her teaching and occupational therapy skills to assist children in achieving their maximum potential with a structured yet fun approach that helps the child engage fully in their treatment program.
Sarah (Bsc. Physiotherapy) qualified at WITS in 2009, she is certified in Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) and she completed her advanced course at the Bobath Centre in London. Sarah has been working the the field of paediatrics for over 7 years, she has a passion for working with children of all ages and abilities.
Razia graduated with a BSc (Physio) from Wits University in 2016 and went on to complete her community service year at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg in 2017 where she had the opportunity to work with children with a variety of conditions. She has a passion for working with children and looks forward to developing her knowledge and skills in paediatrics. She enjoys working closely within the multi-disciplinary team in order to holistically help children to reach their full potential.
PLAY THERAPISTS AND COUNSELLORS
Debbie van der Merve
Debbie is a gifted play therapist and works quickly to establish the root cause for concern in the child emotional development. Debbie works intricately into the family setting and has special insight into how children function and cope on an emotional level.
Juli (BScoSci Psych (UCT); BA Hons Psych (WITS); MA Couns. Psych. (WITS)) is a registered Counselling Psychologist who is passionate about psychological assessments and enjoys working with both children and adults. Her areas of interest include psycho-educational assessment, career assessment as well as study skills training. She is also trained in the Griffiths Developmental Scales. In addition to her private work, Juli has a keen interest in promoting community development and social well being.
I have my M.Ed in Educational Psychology, BA Hons in Psychology, BA Hons in South African Sign Language and BA Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and South African Sign Language. All of my studies were completed through the University of the Witwatersrand. I have a background in Psychology and Deaf Studies and it is a hope of mine to be able to bridge the gap between the two fields one day. I am passionate about working with children and helping them to think though their difficulties in a different way.
BA Speech and Hearing Therapy (Wits); BEd Hons Educational Psychology (Wits); MEd Educational Psychology (Wits)
Julie is a registered Counselling Psychologist who has had experience in a variety of settings including child and adult hospital settings, as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation settings. She has worked with a range of clients in both the private and public sector and has had extensive experience with a variety of emotional difficulties.
Julie works with both adults and children offering a range of therapeutic and assessment services. She is particularly passionate about working with young children and their parents to ease psychological distress and improve parent-child relationships.
Over and above her academic qualifications, she is an accredited Circle of Security Parent Educator (circleofsecurity.net), Babies in Mind Practitioner (babiesinmind.co.za), and Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales user. She also has special training in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and Parent-Child Psychotherapy. Julie recently trained in the New Born behavioral Observation tool as well.
Children make you laugh, challenge you, inspire you, and change your perceptions. Working with children is what drives me and I started the Kristy Jackson Therapy practice with the vision of making life a little easier for children that are struggling at school. Whether it is through rebuilding a child’s self esteem or working through various academic tasks, I hope that the children I see for therapy feel better equipped to tackle their days at school in a confident and positive way.
BEd Honours in Learning Support
5 Years classroom teaching experience
Remedial Therapist and Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist since 2014
Nominated for the Phono-Graphix Private Reading Therapist of the Year Award 2015
Education is such a powerful tool and with many children struggling to grasp various concepts and skills, my goal is to assist them in reaching theirs. By creating a safe and positive environment for children to work in, we allow for learning to take place in a relaxed manner where children feel less anxious and more supported by means of providing resources, emotional support as well as focusing on key concepts needing consolidation. As each day passes, my passion and love for teaching grows, especially when seeing a child’s face light up when unlocking their true potential.
BEd Honours in Inclusive Education
3 years classroom teaching experience
Remedial Therapist and Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist since 2017
I love working with young children and have always wanted to become a teacher. I have a passion for helping children who are struggling with learning and I am capable to support them as I am kind, patient and creative. Children learn best when they feel comfortable, when they enjoy what they are doing and when the teacher is able to empathise with them. My goal as a Remedial Therapist is to assist children in having a pleasant learning experience and to aid them in reaching their potential.
B.Ed Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phase
B.Ed Honours in Learning Support (2018)
Remedial Therapist and Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist since 2018
We have as much to learn from children as they have to learn from us! I enjoy having the opportunity to work with children and hope to see the results of a nurturing environment in developing their academic and personal skills. Working with children is an interaction of learning and growing together in an environment that is stimulating and beneficial. I hope to make the learning process one of enjoyment, personal growth and emotional support as I believe establishing their confidence will allow them to thrive throughout their school career.
BA Psychology and English
Honours in Psychology (2018)
Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist since 2018
Nabeela graduated as a member of the golden key honours society with a degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy from the University of Witwatersrand. She thereafter completed her community service year at South Rand Hospital where she gained an extensive amount of experience in both speech therapy and audiology for both adults and pediatrics. Her passion for pediatrics further developed during this year. Nabeela is a bubbly and enthusiastic invdivial who is looking forward to continuing her passion working as a paediatric speech therapist.