– CLAIRE O’ MAHONY
Forensic Sexual Abuse 2019 – 2019
Educational Psychology Masters, Educational Psychology 2010 – 2012
University of Johannesburg
Educational Psychology Honours, Educational Psychology 2009 – 2009
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) 2008 – 2008
University of Johannesburg
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Drama, Psychology, English 2005 – 2007
Claire O’Mahony is an Educational Psychologist who has gained much experience by working in schools, namely Sparrow Schools for children with mild to severe learning difficulties. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School for girls and St Stithians School assisting with bridging academic delays. Claire has also worked in private practice at the Sandton Psychology and Wellness Centre.
Claire is also engaged in forensic psychology matters that pertain to custody and sexual abuse cases.
Her passion and drive is working with children and their families to assist in their social- emotional and educational development. Claire works closely with schools and families to ensure consistency in a child’s life, always at the best interest of the child.
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– MICHELLE SMITH
Michelle Smith is a qualified educational psychologist. Michelle’s passion lies in assisting children, adolescents and young adults to actualise their full potential by realising their own unique strengths and abilities. Her training and work experience have included providing psychotherapy, psychoeducational assessments and subject choice- and career assessments to children, adolescents and young adults in various cultural and socio-economic settings.
During the week Michelle is the on-site psychologist at an Afrikaans high school and assists private clients after school hours and predominately on Saturdays.
Michelle adopts a systems-based approach wherein she considers the clients context and the relational interactions between the clients family, community and school contexts. She also enjoys incorporating therapeutic approaches such as DBT, REBT and Transactional Analysis.
Michelle primary interest lies in mood related disorders and as a bilingual psychologist she enjoys working with diverse populations. She aims to provide a safe, thoughtful and non-judgemental space in which clients can feel comfortable to work through psychological difficulties and work towards more meaningful relationships with themselves and others.
Michelle completed a Masters in Psychology at Stellenbosch University in 2015 and her Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria (Cum Laude) in 2020. During her internship she worked with children and adolescents at different schools in Pretoria. Her research has focused on the following topics animal assisted therapy, quality of life, resilience and hope.