I am a counseling psychologist in private practice providing online therapy in South Africa.
As a counseling psychologist my passion is working with people to create change. When depression, anxiety, or even just life gets in the way of living, it can be hard to see a way out, and clients often talk about feeling 'stuck.
My role is to work with you to discover ways out of the 'stuck-ness', to support you as you move forward, making the experience of change as safe as possible.
Hi! My name is Mark Connelly.
I'm a registered psychologist with an established practice, previously in Cape
Town's southern suburbs, and now online.
You're more than welcome to put your feet up and get comfortable on the therapists 'couch'. However, we will not lose sight of the reason we're meeting - empowering you.
Update: 10 March 2023: As of 1 March 2023 my practice will only offer web-based (online) counselling appointments. This is an important consideration before you begin therapy. We can discuss what this means when we meet.
You are welcome to meet me for an online No Charge, No Obligation 15-minute meeting.
I believe that choosing a counseling psychologist is an essential part
of your therapy process. Take away all the pressure and meet me for a No Charge, No Obligation 15-minute meeting. This is not an assessment or 'free' therapy
but rather an opportunity for you to ask me
questions. Then you can decide if we'll work well together.
Over the years I've found a number of areas of work that really interest me in my counseling psychology practice. As a Counseling psychologist and online therapist in South Africa I focus on:
You and I can meet online using a secure meeting platform. Our goal is to focus on managing the problems you are experiencing and to create a deeper understanding of your life. I have a general practice with specific interest and experience in the following areas:
In therapeutic contexts we are inevitably working with people to create change - Johnella Bird.
The conversations that are possible in a facilitated therapeutic space are very different to those you'd have with your partner outside of this space.
Often a specific event in a couple's life brings them to therapy, or you may just want to explore your relationship in order to make it stronger. As a counseling psychologist I'm particularly aware of the effects of poor communication, betrayal, loss of trust, experiences of distance or other differences on the relationship.
Contact me to arrange relationship or marital counselling.
I worked with TraumaClinic for more than 10 years and have a
wealth of experience in trauma counseling. Mostly this occurs after a
client has been exposed to a significant crisis, but can also be related
to ongoing trauma, or trauma experienced in the past. I also work with clients impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I meet with adults who are thinking about changing careers, or university students who feel they're studying in the wrong direction, to provide coaching and counseling with regard to careers that might suit them. We might use some assessments in the process but that is not the main focus of my work.
There's plenty of information about careers and changing careers on these pages to get you started!
If I am not able to help you directly in my counseling psychologist practice then I will refer you to someone I trust who will be able to help you.
I work with a team of multi-skilled professionals including clinical psychologists who specialise in areas such as addiction, children, women's health, family therapy, and parental guidance.
My training as a Counseling psychologist exposed me to many theoretical orientations to therapy. My primary focus is a Narrative Therapy practice as I believe this allows me to work respectfully with you and does not require a commitment to years of therapy!
My therapy is also influenced by Systemic therapy, which emphasises relationships and interactional patterns and dynamics, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused therapy.
I work closely with you and apply theory as I believe it suits your particular situation and needs. Ask me about this anytime.
The first appointment is an assessment session in which I usually have plenty of questions to ask you.
This is really so I can assess the extent of your concerns and is in no way an interrogation! You may want to think about questions to ask me as well!
My fee is payable at this first session, and you will be invoiced for all further appointments.
My rates fall well within the limits of those prescribed for medical aids in South Africa. I do not submit my invoices to any medical aids and prefer to contract directly with you. It takes a lot of time and effort to submit to the medical aids and then wait for payment. This is time I'd rather be spending in therapy with you. I will give you a full invoice which you can submit to your medical aid for reimbursement.
I offer a massive 15% discount on all accounts paid promptly.
If you're in South Africa and would like to schedule an appointment, complete the request form below and we can arrange to meet.
Consulting a counseling psychologist for the first time can be a stressful experience and may require a lot of bravery from you for the first few appointments. Don't let this stop you. Knowing when to ask for help is often a positive step.
I'm available to meet online wherever you are in South Africa. Let me know how to contact you so we can chat about an appointment or a No Charge, No Obligation 15-minute meeting.
I will not use your email address or telephone number (if you choose to leave it) for any reason other than to contact you regarding an appointment.
* Request a No Charge, No Obligation 15-minute meeting - an excellent opportunity for us to meet so you can ask questions and decide if we'll work well together.