DR JANA LAZARUS
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” – Forest E Witcraft
I’ve raised 3 stepkids who are now adults and have a 7-year-old son, whom we unschool (homeschooling without a curriculum). I live in Scarborough near Kommetjie.
MA in Psychoanalytic Studies (Tavistock, London), MA in Clinical Psychology (University of Stellenbosch), DPhil in Psychology on the subject of infant observation in community psychology interventions (University of Stellenbosch).
I graduated in 2003 and after community service in the military, I went into private practice, seeing children and adults. I’ve worked with children of all ages, from 2-year-olds to teens. As part of my training, I ran a playgroup for underprivileged children in Kylemore. I enjoy being in multi-disciplinary teams and worked with children at The Health Team in Seapoint. Then I joined the Change Matters practice in Kalk Bay, a consultancy for personal change, where I currently run Shamballah Play Therapy. I’m delighted to be part of an inpatient setting at Optima, where change can occur so dramatically within a short space of time. I see myself as a transpersonal therapist, meaning I focus on patients’ spiritual journeys in this lifetime.
I’m interested in the way childhood trauma leads us to develop coping mechanisms which in turn trip us up in life. I’m a firm believer that healing the original trauma sets us free. This needs to occur on mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and behavioural levels. Trauma is held in the body, in our cells, which is where it also needs to be released. My approach is that patients need to commit to a daily programme of working on themselves (changing behaviour, challenging old thinking habits, and feeling feelings) and tap into Source for support. My other special interest is addiction, which I basically see as the human condition. It’s also a path to reconnecting us with Spirit if we’re willing. I love working with children because they are still so malleable and responsive. Their instinct for health is powerful if you can help them tap into it again. I’m also a writer (as Dr Zizz), publishing books for children and young adults that help them grab their good!