Develop More Effective and Adaptive Ways of Coping

Whether you are dealing with the stress of daily life, juggling competing demands and priorities in this changing and complex world, or trying to cope with anxiety or depression, therapy can help you develop more effective ways of coping.

Therapy is a place where you can find out what you are doing that is not working for you, as well as what you are doing already that is working. From here, you can develop new and more effective ways of coping. This may include developing skills such as time, energy or attention management, or developing new ways of seeing yourself and your situation. Often new perspectives open up which in turn show up new possibilities and solutions that you were not able to see before.

If you would like to learn more or to schedule a session, please contact me on 0729595053 or email me at alisontbreen@gmail.com

 

My background 

I completed my masters training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cape Town. I have worked in both the private and public sector, as both a clinician and researcher, including a Clinical Supervisor for the Parent Infant Programme at the Parent Centre, Employee Wellness and stress management consultant for the City of Cape Town.

I am currently completing my doctoral dissertation through Stellenbosch University. As a researcher my area of interest has been on the impact of the social environment on human development and have published (and co-published) in a number of scientific journals including Social Science and Medicine, International Journal of Environmental Health, Psychiatric Services and Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (http://http://pubget.com/search?q=authors%3A”Alison%20Breen).

 

Therapy Approach

I adapt my therapeutic style and approach depending on the individual client, presenting difficulty and needs. Therapy approaches I draw on include Psychodynamic theory (in particular attachment theory),  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness based therapies (including compassion based therapy). I also have an interest in brain based therapies and try to integrate findings from neuroscience where appropriate.

 

Education

MA Clinical Psychology (UCT)

MA Psychology (Research) (Stellenbosch University)

Honours in Psychology (UCT)

BSc (Physiology and Psychology) (UCT)