Since a very young age, I knew I had a profound purpose to help and encourage others when they need it most. It was only a few years ago that I learned, my name (Monique) means advisor/counsellor. It was then that I realized that not only is it a passion, but it is also inscribed in me as a person to be able to counsel and advise others where possible.
Everyone has experienced some form of hardships or difficulty at a given point in their life and I believe that one should never be ashamed to seek help. My goal is to create a safe space for my clients where they can freely express themselves, their thoughts and emotions without feeling judged or criticized.
Respecting each client, for the person they are and what they believe is something I really take to heart. Each day my need to make a difference in the lives of others keeps on growing.
I have obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Registered Counsellor) at CTI now known as the University of Pearson Institute of Higher Education.
I have been practising as a Registered Counsellor for the past few years and I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). I have also completed a play therapy course in 2018 to enhance my personal development.
After I obtained my degree, I worked in various settings which provided me with the opportunity to broaden my experience in counselling. These settings include:
Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) sector (i.e. Hope House Counselling Center)
Facilitation of children with special needs in Schools
Home support to children with behavioural difficulties
Volunteering for the South African Police Service (SAPS) to do debriefing and containment after a crime scene
Debriefing and containment in corporate settings after traumatic incidents
Every individual has the right to privacy, and information shared between the client and the therapist is confidential and this needs to be respected and taken seriously. The counsellor is ethically bound not to share information discussed in sessions.
The only exceptions where the therapist has an obligation to share the information are when:
The client is a danger to him/herself or others (client shares his/her thoughts of harming another person and there is any realistic possibility that these thoughts will turn into action)
When a minor (a person under 18 years) is abused, either sexually or physically
If subpoenaed and legally required to provide the court with information