My name is Donita Rodrigues. I am a clinical psychologist based in Plattekloof and Claremont, Cape Town. I offer both short and long term individual therapy for children and adult clients to facilitate growth during life transitions and manage various aspects of psychological distress.
I have a special interest in working with infants and their caregivers (0 to 4 years), children (5 to 12 years), adolescents (12 to 18 years), as well as providing couple and family interventions and psychometric assessments. Furthermore, I enjoy assisting parents, including expectant parents, to establish and grow nurturing parent-child relationships, assisting those experiencing complicated pregnancies, coping with pregnancy loss, and enhancing parenting practices that may be complicated by family separations, divorce, death, mental illness or other issues.
I value a non-judgmental, empathic and confidential therapeutic environment that facilitates my client's sense of emotional safety and a collaborative therapeutic relationship. My interventions are informed by psychodynamic and intersubjective systems theory; therapy therefore focuses on understanding underlying unconscious conflicts and its impact on a client's current emotional and interpersonal functioning. I also draw on other modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness Based Therapy in order to manage a client's particular therapeutic needs.
As a therapist and human being with my own interactional style, I am mindful of the mutual creation of therapeutic interactions. I therefore enjoy working collaboratively with clients to understand the meaning of our therapeutic interactions so that we can better understand their current problem and interactions with others.
Your psychotherapy process will commence with two to three 50 minute sessions (90 minute sessions if involving a child and their family). These initial consultations will offer us an opportunity to establish a safe, containing and trusting therapeutic space in which to understand your reason for seeking therapy, your personal history and its influence on your current problem.
Therapy is a voluntary process and we will therefore use these consultations to reflect on and consider if our therapeutic relationship is the best fit for you.
A treatment plan will also be discussed, which will cover topics such as the frequency or length of therapy, which individuals will be involved in therapy, and what form of therapy may be most useful.
My session fees are in line with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) guidelines, and are adjusted annually according to medical aid rates for psychological services. Please feel free to email, call or complete the complete the below form for the latest consultation rates.
types of therapy offered
Individual Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy
Cognitive and Scholastic
Assessments for diagnostic purposes
If you would like to book a session or have any questions, please feel free to call, email or fill in the form below.
Cell: +27 76 635 1208
Claremont Practice: 4 The Lane, Cavendish Street, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708
Plattekloof Practice: Baronetcy Boulevard, Plattekloof, Cape Town, 7500