Verna Connan

Verna Connan Clinical Psychologist

Verna obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Stellenbosh University in 2000, and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Clinical Psychologist (PS 0075531). She went on to do her internship at both the Stellenbosch University Counselling Centre, and at Tygerberg Hospital, where she did rotations in the Children’s Psychiatric ward, the Adult inpatient and outpatient wards, as well as doing a Neuropsychiatry rotation.

Verna works with adults and adolescents.  Therapy is offered in both English and Afrikaans.  Since qualifying in 2000 Verna has gained experience with a wide range of presenting problems ranging from depression and anxiety, trauma, gender issues, couples therapy, postnatal depression, life change events, motivational issues and many more.

She works mostly from person-centred and Cognitive-Behaviour therapy approaches, and also does Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for dealing with trauma.

Person-centered therapy provides a safe and accepting space.  In our day to day lives this safe space is often elusive.  It is in such a space that we can feel free to explore and heal ourselves.  The therapist will try to understand how things are from your point of view.

Cognitive therapy is short term, problem focused and collaborative, and has a large body of research showing its efficacy in treating a variety of problems, particularly depression and anxiety.  The idea behind it is that thoughts trigger emotions.  In therapy you will learn to identify the thoughts that go along with negative emotions, evaluate these thoughts, and if they are irrational, change them to be more realistic.  Once your thoughts are more realistic, your emotions are more in control.  By working with your therapist and through practice, this skill can become a valuable tool to use throughout your life.