I’m Elretha Bartlett – a registered Counselling Psychologist with a private practice in the Parktown North area of Johannesburg.
I work with symbolism, dreams, and the expressive arts to help people discover internal resources, gain deeper self-insight, and connect to the rejected parts of themselves.
Although I focus on long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, I also offer briefer interventions when they are needed.
I work in both English and Afrikaans, and would describe myself as a warm, sensitive, and perceptive therapist.
I look forward to working with you.
My passion for facilitating emotional growth and fostering a sense of emotional well-being in people led me on my professional journey.
I first completed my Bachelor’s in Social Work at North-West University, followed by my Honours in Psychology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and my Masters in Psychology at Rhodes University.
After registering as a Counselling Psychologist at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), I practiced psychology at a rehabilitation centre in Plettenberg Bay for two years and afterward worked at a private practice in Bedfordview.
Most recently, I’ve opened my own psychology practice in Parktown North.
I’m currently receiving training as an internationally accredited sandplay therapist with the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) and am an accredited Babies in Mind Practitioner.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults in both English and Afrikaans, and treat a wide range of difficulties.
I work from a psychodynamic perspective which involves trying to understand how your past and often unconscious experiences impact your current feelings, thoughts, and experiences.
With psychodynamic psychotherapy, the aim is to deepen your self-awareness, alleviate mental distress, and increase insight into past influences which may then foster growth and positive change.
Sandplay therapy is a creative, non-verbal therapeutic method in which a person creates a world with miniatures and symbols in a sand tray. It is especially useful for those who are struggling to express themselves through words.
Through this creative approach, people discover internal resources, gain self-insight, connect to the rejected parts of themselves and work through emotional difficulties on a deeper level.
Play therapy is a therapeutic method used with children between the ages of 4 and 12, where the focus is on inviting children to express themselves through play. The child freely chooses the play material, which becomes his/her words.
Through this method children process strong emotions, work through repressed feelings, discover resources to solve problems, and learn to communicate and relate to people in a healthier way.
What does it mean to go to therapy? How does therapy work, and what should you expect from the therapeutic process? In this article, I’ll explain more about the therapeutic journey, the parts of yourself you might explore in therapy, and the importance of the relationship between you and your therapist.
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