CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST CAPE TOWN
MARIA NULTY (MA Clin. Psych.)
I am a registered clinical psychologist in private practice in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
I offer long and short-term psychotherapy to both adults and adolescents, and I work with individuals, couples and families.
In addition to face-to-face sessions in my consulting room in Cape Town I conduct therapy sessions anywhere in the world via Skype.
I believe it is very important to understand why someone is seeking help and what the underlying problem is. To do this I explore what lies at the root of a client’s distress, which could be based on present circumstances and/or on experiences from the past.
Negative feelings affect how people think, act and behave and thus play an important role in determining people's behaviours and functioning. Hence I work with raising awareness concerning these feelings, so that they no longer control how people act.
In addition I employ cognitive and behavioural principles because understanding how one’s thoughts and behaviours are counter-productive goes a long way to assisting people in changing those thoughts and behaviours.
I also aim to equip clients with practical coping skills which they can employ to effect changes in their lives.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
My focus is to assist people who are looking for help with these difficulties:
- Depression, including loss of various kinds, bereavement, poor self-esteem.
- Anxiety, including panic attacks, post-traumatic stress, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Trauma - I have had a lot of exposure in treating people with a history of childhood trauma as well as critical incident trauma, such as hijackings, robberies, being held at gunpoint, fires, injuries from accidents, domestic violence, other forms of abuse such as rape, and natural disasters.
- Problems in relationships, be they partner-, family-, work-related, or other.
- Stress management, such as how to cope with acute stressors, dealing with sudden life changes, and developing assertiveness skills.
- Anger management – exploring the underlying causes and offering a safe space for expressing anger.
- Sexual health issues, particularly with regard to how they affect relationships, but also concerning sexual and gender identity.