Debbie Jameson

Debbie Jameson an independent certified Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).  She specialises in psychological assessment for psycho-diagnostic purposes and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups.

“Committed to working with a wide array of psychological problems that affect individuals, couples,

Debbie Jameson

families, groups and communities.”

Areas of interest

  • Anxiety and Stress Management

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Relationship issues (Marital / Couples counselling)

  • Trauma (domestic violence, sexual assault, hijacking, accidents, robberies etc)

  • Substance Abuse

  • Grief and Bereavement

  • Conflict/ Anger Management

Approach/Orientation

Debbie uses an eclectic approach, drawing from a number of theories, which may vary according to the client’s individual needs, including:  Psychodynamic (TLDP – Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

​Her approach for understanding couples in distress is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which helps couples identify stuck patterns of interaction and focuses on promoting more positive emotional responses. 

Debbie considers psychotherapy to be holistic in nature, which takes into account the whole person including their emotional, spiritual and physical environments.

Professional Qualifications

  • Debbie holds a Master of Social Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal; a Master of Social Science degree in Health Promotion from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Cum Laude); a BA Honours degree in Psychology from UNISA (Cum Laude).

  • Her research interests include “Fear and anxiety in South African Secondary School children” and “The impact of interpersonal violence on South African adolescents”.

Experience

  • Debbie worked as part of a multidisciplinary team within hospital complexes such as King Edward Hospital, King Dinuzulu Hospital, R K Khan Hospital and community health care centres, that offer services to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

  • 5 years private practice as a Registered Counsellor.

  • 4 years working at the Open Door Crisis Care Centre offering supportive counselling for victims of violent crime.

  • 1 year at St Augustines Netcare Hospital offering trauma counselling to victims of sexual assault.

  • 2 years with the Red Cross (Air Mercy Services) providing trauma counselling to victims of violent crime in rural areas.

  • Facilitating a variety of workshops.