Anita Prag

Clinical Psychology

Learn about yourself in a safe space

Making the decision to see a psychologist and finding one best suited to you, or a loved one, may feel daunting at first. But through a productive therapeutic process, founded on good rapport between therapist and client, difficult and often intolerable feelings, distorted thinking and behavioural patterns as well as unhealthy ways of interacting can be explored in a safe, non-judgemental, empathic space.

Improve your quality of life

As a clinical psychologist in private practice, my intention is to offer a warm, containing and vibrant atmosphere in which individuals can learn about themselves and so improve the quality of their lives. There are times when an individual’s partner, siblings or children may need to be included in the process of providing support and resolving specific difficulties. This will always be decided on in conjunction with my client.

Individual Psychotherapy

Couples Counselling

Play Therapy

Supervision

“Nothing is as strong as gentleness; nothing is as gentle as real strength.”

– St Francis de Sales

About Me

Being in a position to help and guide people through difficult life circumstances humbles me daily. My personal curiosity about life and how we live it has contributed to my compassion when bearing witness to life stories that are fraught with pain. Most remarkably though, I am also witness to resilience and love. Therefore, my respect for both the simplicity and complexity of the human condition is deep. I am comfortable working with people from all walks of life, ages and that present with the range of life’s challenges.

Early Experience

I obtained my master’s in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling at Stellenbosch University in 2006. Before opening my private practice in 2013, I worked at 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg as part of my training, and completed my community service at Air Force Base Langebaanweg, 4 Special Forces Regiment, Langebaan, and Saldanha naval base, which afforded me the challenging opportunity of working as a fully fledged psychologist in a remote area.

Senior Psychologist

Thereafter, during my five years as a senior psychologist in the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) at 2 Military Hospital, I worked with a range of psycho-social, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions. I also collaborated closely with a neurodevelopmental paediatrician, psychiatrists and other medical specialists, as well as social workers and occupational therapists in service of patient care.

Psychologist Supervision

As 2 Military is a teaching hospital, I have supervised the training of interns in their clinical work and their development as clinical psychologists, and maintain a strong interest in engaging therapeutically with or supervising psychologists.

PhD Candidate

I am a registered PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, researching mother-toddler relationships, risk factors that affect this relationship and empathy development in toddlers. Children are full of latent qualities and abilities that are unique to them, and our foundational relationships (primary caregivers) influence future brain, emotional and social development. Through my research, I hope to help parent and toddler relate better by assisting mothers and fathers in learning how to respond to and guide the emerging individual through these exciting developmental years.

Clinical Experience

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology & Community Counselling (SU)
  • 2 Military Hospital
  • Air Force Base Langebaanweg
  • 4 Special Forces Regiment, Langebaan
  • Saldanha Naval Base
  • Senior psychologist in South African Military Health Services (SAMHS)

“Deep in your wounds are seeds, waiting to grow beautiful flowers.”

Niti Majethia

My Approach

Each person is unique in their presentation: we’re shaped not only by our personal experiences but also by societal and socioeconomic pressures, which is why I aim to understand the world in which an individual lives.

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Establish Comfort & Trust

During initial sessions, my intention is to grasp what has brought someone to therapy, and establish a foundation of comfort and trust.

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Co-create Insights

Through this process, meaningful insights are co-created. Essentially, the therapeutic process provides a supportive base from which to effect these insights.

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Tailor Approach

As such, I will tailor my approach using insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioural techniques. I am also happy to assist clients who wish to engage in a short-term process to alleviate immediate difficulties. 

Children and Adolescents

When working with children and adolescents, I take a collaborative approach during my initial assessment of the nature of the difficulty being experienced. I do this by conferring with the parents or primary caregiver/s and any other adults who are significantly involved in the child’s life. My assessment will inform the plan for intervention.

Contact Me

If you would like more information about the therapy process and my approach, or if you would like to request an appointment, leave a message below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Clinical psychologist Anita Prag is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (PS0099694) and Board of Healthcare Funders. Her private practice (Pr No. 0507180) is based in the Southern Suburbs, Cape Town. She is contracted to all medical aids.

Email

info@anitaprag.co.za

Call

021-715-6756