Welcome to my Practice

As an educational psychologist in private practice, I have worked with a variety of people and understand the intricacies of various psychological issues that people face. I'm working with both adults and children as well as in family setups and groups.

The approach of my therapy is holistic as a person is seen as a whole, which includes his physical, cognitive, emotional, social and moral aspects. Human experiences do not happen as isolated experiences to isolated aspects of a person’s life, but it can have negative effects on people’s relationships, self-esteem, self-image, work related issues, mental and physical health.

I use play therapy as an effective tool with both adults and children. Cognitive behaviour therapy as well as positive psychology play an important role in my therapy sessions.

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Marisa featured in Vrouekeur of 14 December 2018

Marisa featured in SARIE magazine

Dr. Marisa van Niekerk Educational Psychologist from Midstream featured in SARIE magazine

Marisa featured in Huisgenoot

Dr. Marisa van Niekerk featured in Huisgenoot (Netwerk 24)

Marisa featured in Maroela Media

Dr. Marisa van Niekerk articles in Maroela Media

Frequently Asked Questions

Educational Psychologist

Educational Psychologists are involved in all psychological aspects such as assessment and therapy that may affect children in their learning and development.  In other words Educational Psychologists support children and their families to be able to reach their full potential and become well balanced, happy people. In order to accomplish their purpose, Educational Psychologists provide play therapy, individual counselling, family counselling and marriage counselling. Educational psychologists are sometimes referred to as "child psychologists", or "school psychologists".

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How do I make an appointment to schedule an interview for a psychological evaluation?

To make an appointment with me, please give me a call at 074 041 0041.  I would like to find out a little more about your requirements, in order for me to schedule an appropriate amount of time for our first session, and this is best done (in my view) via telephone, not e-mail.

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Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist: Who do I need?

Many people do not know exactly what an Educational Psychologist does?  They wonder about the role of an Educational Psychologist?  Or they wonder what the difference is between an Educational Psychologist, or a Clinical Psychologist, or even a Counselling Psychologist.

In the sections below, I will try to give a short overview about each of these fields in psychology.

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Talking to kids about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Are you a blamer? Let’s talk about blaming

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