About Hanlie

HanlieSny-011Hanlie is a registered Educational Psychologist at the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Her undergraduate studies was completed at the North West University and Stellenbosch University of South Africa. After a gap year in The Netherlands, she decided to stay in the country and completed a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology at Leiden University. She also holds an additional registration in advanced psycho-diagnostics in children and adolescents from the Dutch Institute for Psychologists (NIP – Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen). After her return to South Africa she received further psychotherapy training with Good Hope Psychological Service at TC Newman Hospital and Stellenbosch Hospital. Here she worked with a wide diversity of clients.

Hanlie offers a variety of assessment and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults and families.

"As a psychologist I approach problems from a broad range of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This includes client-centered, cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused approaches. I have a special interest in parent guidance on the following issues; divorce, dealing with adolescent/child depression, conflict resolution, behaviour modification and effective communication."

In terms of her work with adolescents and children, she offers therapy for the following: Anger and anxiety, managing ADHD, bereavement and loss, trauma, coping with chronic illness, identity crises, peer conflict, bullying and poor self-esteem. She also does assessments for school-readiness, scholastic difficulties, subject choice and study/career choice.

Once a year she does volunteer work for Operation Smile, an organisation which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. "My main role is to emotionally prepare patients and families for surgery. Everything I do is directed toward reducing the psychological stress and trauma of anaesthesia and surgery to a minimum. Usually a child (or small group of children) is scheduled for at least an hour of psychological preparation, which may give the patient sufficient emotional security before such a life-changing procedure. Research has shown that proper psychological preparation reduces anxieties and fears to such an extent that the patient takes the anaesthesia better and has less postoperative pain and discomfort. They also seem to make speedier recovery from surgery compared to the patient who is emotionally unprepared."

Knowledge and application of foundations in theories of child development, play, stress and coping, and family systems are the basis for this practice. She has done missions in Congo, Mozambique and South Africa.


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