How emotional neglect in childhood affects us as adults

While the behavioural effects of childhood neglect are fairly well documented, a new study proves that children deprived of loving care actually have reduced white matter in crucial parts of their brains compared to those raised in a better environments.

Published: April 11, 2019 / 2 Comments

The surprising value of psychotherapy in autism treatment

Psychological treatments – focusing on emotions, self-understanding, and building healthy relationships – can help autistic children vastly expand the non-autistic, growth-seeking parts of their personalities.

Published: April 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

How to train your brain to be happy

While research shows that our brains tend to have a negativity bias, we are, nonetheless, hardwired for happiness. Mother Nature, in other words, has endowed us with a body that is capable of positive emotions, actions and expressions.

Published: March 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

How to deal with divorce as a parent

For many South Africans facing divorce, acquiring the services of a good lawyer is usually the first port of call. But there is another way. Nadia Thonnard, professional counsellor and founder of SADSA (The South African Divorce Support Association), discusses how an approach to divorce that favours mediation over litigation can limit the negative knock-on effects for children of divorced parents.

Published: March 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

Why a BPsych Degree is a better option

With a lot of discussion about the dire state of mental health in South Africa, SACAP has recently launched a 4-year Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) degree. It was inspired by the need to accelerate the training of counsellors that are equipped to deal with South Africa’s unique mental health crisis.

Published: February 7, 2019 / 302 Comments

Does couples counselling work? We ask the experts

The job of managing marital combat while you’re sitting in the middle of two colliding couples, and its attendant risks (one spouse feeling you’re allied to the other, for instance) has been compared by therapists to piloting a helicopter in a hurricane.

Published: December 14, 2018 / 9 Comments