Hi, I am Sandra Crous
 

Educational Psychologist

PS 0115940 PR 0445398

I am a registered Educational Psychologist with a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Pretoria. I also hold an Honours degree in Psychology (UP) and an Honours degree in Educational Psychology (UP). I have been in private practice for a decade and through my experience in the field of medico-legal assessment for personal injury and RAF claims, I developed an interest in psychological trauma and how it impacts on the development and functioning of the child, adolescent and adult in all spheres of life.

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AVAILABILITY

Monday - Saturday 

Pretoria

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SERVICES

Adult counselling

Play Therapy

Teen Counselling

Assessments

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SPECIAL INTEREST

EMDR

Play Therapy

Under 5 work

Trauma

I work predominantly from an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy framework. In addition to completing the Level 1 and Level 2 training in EMDR therapy, and also completed training in EMDR with children. I am a member of EMDR International Association. So, what is EMDR? EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy with components from psychodynamic, cognitive, experiential, behavioural and somatic orientations. It does not require talking in detail about distressing events nor does it require homework between sessions. Through the adaptive information processing model (AIP), EMDR is based on the hypothesis that there is an inherent information processing system in the brain that becomes blocked when traumatic or adverse events occur, causing these events to get maladaptively stored in the brain with the original images, sounds, thoughts, beliefs, emotions and body sensations. The aim of EMDR therapy is to help the brain in processing these traumatic memories and as a result alleviating the emotional and psychological disturbance. EMDR is recognized as an effective form of treatment for a wide range of challenges, including: anxiety; panic attacks; phobias; chronic illness and medical issues; depression and bipolar disorders; dissociative disorders; eating disorders; grief and loss; pain; performance anxiety; PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues; victims of sexual assault, violence and abuse; sleep disturbance; and substance abuse and addiction.

 

In addition to EMDR with children, I also offer play therapy to children as young as 2 years. I work from a Child-Centered Play Therapy framework, wherein the therapeutic relationship allows the child to learn self-control, responsible expression of emotions, respecting the self, how to better control their feelings, creative and resourceful problem-solving, to accept themselves, and to make choices and to take responsibility for them. I also offer parent-child relationship therapy (Filial therapy); Developmental Touch therapy; and intensive play therapy techniques. Issues often addressed through play therapy include anxiety (separation anxiety, general anxiety, social anxiety); aggression and anger; social problems; depression; grief and loss; attachment difficulties; family changes and adjustment difficulties (such as divorce or relocation); eating problems; bedwetting/soiling; nightmares; sleep problems; fears; psychosomatic symptoms.

It is in playing and only playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative 

- Donald Winnicott