DR VANESSA MARAIS
“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they are basically good and smart and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”- Steve Jobs
I am married and have two grown-up daughters and two stepchildren and a grandchild. I’ve been living in Durbanville for the last three years.
MSocSc (Clinical) (University of the Free State), PhD (University of South Africa).
I worked in a government hospital for 6 years in a dual appointment with the University of the Free State where I was a lecturer in psychology at the Medical Department. I was also a supervisor for the psychiatric interns concerning psychotherapy.
For the last 23 years, I have worked in a private practice, first in Kimberley for 14 years and in Bloemfontein from 2008. I had a practice at M-Care Optima hospital in Bloemfontein, where I worked with individual patients as well as with groups. I worked mostly with adolescents and adults in individual psychotherapy but also worked with couples in marital and sex therapy.
Over the years, I’ve worked predominantly with all forms of anxiety especially relating to trauma, Panic Disorder and physical illnesses. Major Depression and Postpartum Depression are also part of my clinical experience. My biggest interest lies in working with cancer patients, especially breast cancer. I recently finished my PhD in holistic therapeutic interventions with breast cancer patients. I’ve always been involved with cancer patients throughout my 27 years as a Clinical Psychologist, and work very actively with them and their families. I also see terminally ill patients.