My name is Leanne Stillerman. I am a clinical psychologist based in Orchards, Johannesburg.
I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Before beginning my Masters, I completed an Honours in Applied Psychology at Wits, with a focus on trauma debriefing and counselling. During my Honours year, I worked as a counsellor at the Trauma Clinic in Braamfontein, a project of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, where I conducted individual and group trauma debriefing, bereavement counseling and group therapeutic activities with children in a refugee shelter. Following my Honours year, I worked as a manager and counsellor at the Midrand Support Centre for Victims and Witnesses of Violence and Abuse, an NGO which offered counselling services to individuals in the surrounding communities.
I have worked in a number of clinical settings, including Tara psychotherapy unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and in outpatient community clinics around Johannesburg, including Midrand, Hillbrow, Orange Farm, and Soweto, where I worked with adults, adolescents and children in psychotherapy.
Currently, I see clients in private practice in Parktown North. In addition, I lecture psychology courses at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP), and I facilitate a weekly psychotherapy group for children in the Children's Oncology Unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital.
My interests in psychotherapy are broad, as I enjoy forming therapeutic relationships with clients and facilitating a healing process. I favour a psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy, which involves exploring clients' difficulties in depth, in a way that has the potential to create profound and sustained change.