Nicole Burger

I have always believed that therapy is simultaneously the most scary yet most beautiful gift to the self. The process is like one of walking hand in hand with your therapist on a journey of discovery, understanding, healing and insight. These are but a few of the gifts, that I believe one walks away with from the therapeutic process.

I practice predominantly from a Rational-Emotive Behavioral perspective with the basis of my therapeutic approach being warmth, congruence and unconditional positive regard. However, I believe that each client brings to the therapeutic process their unique narratives in which they are the experts. I therefore tailor the therapeutic approach to the personal needs of each client. I see myself as a facilitator of the process, working together with the client to guide them to a place of healing and empowerment.

I am particularly passionate about the element of empowerment and believe that it plays an essential role in the therapeutic process. I work with individuals of all ages and particularly enjoy working with young adults in assisting them to navigate the changes that comes with each developmental phase of life. Having been exposed to a plethora of different challenges throughout my studies and training made me more aware of the golden thread that is change. Change is inevitable and helping people navigate these successfully is a particularly exciting element of the therapeutic process.

Areas of interest

  • Self-esteem
  • Adjustment challenges
  • Challenges with developmental life stages
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (University of Free State)
  • Bachelor of Arts Honors in Psychology (University of Johannesburg)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Johannesburg)

Training

  • Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Play therapy

Practical Experience

  • University of the Free State (psychotherapy and psychometric assessment)
  • Tshwane University of Technology (psychotherapy, psychometric assessment, study counselling and exclusion counselling)
  • Louis Botha Children’s Home (play therapy and psychometric assessment)
  • Sandt Du Plessis High School (psychotherapy, psychometric assessment and study counselling)
  • Sandt Du Plessis Primary School (play therapy and psychometric assessment)
  • Phelophepa Transnet Train (psychotherapy, workshops and psychoeducation)