ABOUT

Hayley Shannon

I completed my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Africa, where I was trained in family systems and ecosystemic psychology. 

During my internship at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, I worked with the acute psychiatric inpatient population in the admission wards, in the forensic psychology unit, and within community clinics.

During my community service at Pollsmoor Prison, I worked in the Remand Detention Facility. I was lucky enough to receive additional training from the highly respected Dr Gérard Labuschagne in the area of offender profiling and risk assessment during my time working for the Department of Correctional Services. 

 

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Therapeutically I work predominantly from a systemic paradigm, understanding that we do not exist in isolation but rather within a larger system. From this view, I understand that at any moment we are embedded within a particular context that shapes our experiences and definition of problems. This perspective allows me to adjust therapy and include other working paradigms that best suit each client and their experiences. I will always meet the client where they are at, understanding that psychotherapy is a vulnerable process and that the clients are the experts in their own lives.

 

On a more personal level, I always try to see the best in others. I work hard to make a positive impact in the lives of people around me, whether in a professional context or in my private life. I love investigation and continually strive to understand the full picture. 

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