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.
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.
Lindy graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2011 and completed her community service year at Bophelong and Skinner Clinics in Pretoria. Her patients included both adult and paediatric patients with mostly orthopedic and neurological conditions in the case of adults and predominantly developmental delays in paediatric patients. After having worked at an adult step down facility and later at an orthopedic section, Lindy discovered her passion for paediatric occupational therapy and has been working in the paediatric field ever since. She will shortly be completing her Sensory Integration training.
Lindy enjoys working with children of all age groups as each comes with joys and opportunities of its own. She realizes that each child’s life story is unique and that every individual requires a different approach to reach his/her full potential. She understands and values the important role that parents, teachers and other multi-disciplinary team members play in the therapeutic journey and feels privileged to be part of that team.
Her approach is aptly summarized in a quote from Shanti: “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling”.
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.
Sable (BA (Wits), BA Psych Hons (Wits), M.Ed – Educational Psychology (Wits)) is a registered Educational Psychologist. Her passion is helping children build a foundation for emotional literacy and healthy social relationships. She advocates for using a combination of methods, tailored to a family’s unique needs, in order to promote healthy social and emotional development.
Sable initially trained as a drama teacher, before becoming a psychologist. She completed her internship at an NGO, focusing on community psychology. As an educational psychologist, she is interested in both individual and community development.