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Anine van Zyl has been working as a psychologist in the field of mental health for 14 years. She completed four degrees at the University of Pretoria: B.A., B.A. Hons. (Psychology), M.A. Counselling Psychology and M.Sc. in Medically Applied Psychology (through the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences). She completed her Psychology Internship at 1 Military Hospital, Pretoria, and both her M.A. and M.Sc. dissertations dealt with the experiences of patients with coronary heart disease. She registered with the HPCSA as a Counselling Psychologist (Registration number PS 0072605) in 2001.

Until 2008, Anine was in full-time employment in various settings, while also working concurrently as a general practitioner in part-time private practice (BHF practice number 0046450). She started her career in the Department of Correctional Services and worked for a number of years as a psychologist in two different prisons. Thereafter, she was appointed as an Employee Assistance Practitioner at the University of Pretoria. After three years at the University she took up a position as a Senior Psychologist in the Department of Health (Health Service Executive) in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Anine returned to South Africa at the end on 2007 and has since been in full-time private practice in Faerie Glen, Centurion and Bela-Bela.

Having met clients from varying backgrounds, receiving training in a number of psychotherapeutic approaches and gaining psychotherapeutic experience in a number of different areas of psychology practice, Anine has an holistic approach to assist and empower the client to live in a more meaningful way. Besides encouraging clients to take responsibility for their own psychological well-being, her approach stresses the importance of physical wellness.

In addition to individual therapy, she has worked with groups, compiled and presented psycho-educational workshops on topics such as depression, stress and trauma in the workplace, dealing with grief and loss, as well as managing burn-out. She is also a certfied MBTI practitioner.

It is of great importance to her to continually further her professional development, and she attends continuing professional development (CPD) activities whenever possible.

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