Supportive Therapy & Counselling

Know Yourself. Love Being Yourself. Don’t Lose Yourself. Make the world better

THE FOUNDATION

KNOW YOURSELF LOVE BEING YOURSELF DON’T LOSE YOURSELF

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I AM THUS I FEEL OUR EMOTIONS ARE KEY TO SELF UNDERSTANDING

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PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH & LIVING POTENTIAL ONE COIN TWO SIDES

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UBUNTU: EACH MUST MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

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THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS

According to (Wilfred) Bion, the analyst’s function is to psychoanalyse. It can be like a mirror held up to the patient which could help him to see all of what he looks like….if the analyst effects an introduction of the patient to himself, it seems to initiate ‘growth’. After patients have spent their life up to date trying to be ‘just like’ somebody else, the analyst is suggesting that they should be themselves, whoever they are, because they may have some redeeming features.. they dare to ask questions about what they have forgotten and about what they do not know…as a result they do get stronger. Paraphrased by Malcolm Pines in Bion & Group Psychotherapy 1985 Routledge & Keegan Paul

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

Susan Johnson says that “health is being able to fully engage in current moment-to-moment experience and use this experience to make active choices in how to define the self and relate to others. Key experiences are explored, integrated, and used to expand the range of an individual’s responses, rather than being denied or distorted. The value of being authentic—trusting one’s experience and being true to oneself—is implicit in this model and intricately linked to intimate connection to others”.
Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals and Couples, Susan M. Johnson (2009).

SUPPORTIVE THERAPY & COUNSELLING

Julian Leon obtained an Honours in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town, an Honours in Psychology from Rhodes University and a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Cape Town. He gained knowledge and experience interning at Parirenyatwa & Harare Hospital Psychiatric Units, Harare Family Counselling Unit and St Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre which dealt with stroke and traumatic brain injury. He practiced therapeutic and supportive psychology working at Herzlia School for 19 years. Working as a school counsellor in the Middle School then, as Head of Education Support of United Herzlia Schools. He was charged with creating and managing the award winning Inclusive Education programme for all Herzlia schools, including the creation, and management of the Developmental Education Unit in the High School providing life skills training and vocational certification. A therapist in private practice, Julian counsels clients pro-bono at Jewish Community Services and Oranjia Child & Youth Centre. He facilitates crisis interventions and school student groups. He is a past invited member of Jewish Care Cape and has presented at conferences in South Africa & Israel.

ABOVE ALL..I AM A LISTENER

I listen…. to help people understand themselves and their lives, where they have come from, where they are now, and what choices they have made and why. I help identify the gifts and the burdens that we each carry, and, how to cope with the gifts and, the burdens. To help people discover the power, the psychological freedom and confidence to know who they are, for better or worse and to express and delight in their potential, for the betterment of themselves and the betterment of others in the world, in a calm, insightful and safe context.

PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTING

Individual, pre-marital, marital and family counselling consultations are available. I also offer coaching, mentoring, trauma debriefing, career and general counselling. I work closely with medical, psychiatric, psychological and social work professionals and I am thus in a position to recommend referrals and assessments if I believe that such an intervention is indicated or might be helpful for any reason.

GROUP WORK & FACILITATION

I call it “Psychological Orienteering, exploring and navigating the lines of our life at any age” but, again it’s really about my ability to listen, to hear and to see what is before me and reflect it back to those who gave it. I love participating in, teaching and facilitating learning experiences with people of all ages in any setting or context who want to play, experience and learn about themselves. Groups provide challenging experiences that are designed to make participants feel, think question and arrive at a strong sense of who they are, how they roll, what paths have heart and meaning for them and how they make decisions in their lives.

DEVELOPMENTAL CONSULTING

I have many years experience in the conception, development & management of human potential development projects from inclusive education programmes in school settings to vocational training & skills programmes to training in the workplace for students to consulting and training on the efficacy of customer services provided by companies. My focus is not only to work on planning, action and implementation but to also align to the mission/vision and make clear the values, principles and ethical goals of the endeavour or project being developed by the people involved.

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