Divorce rates are on the increase again, and research shows that every year the number of divorces in South Africa grows dramatically. In some cases there is no alternative but to bring the marriage to a close by means of a divorce agreement. In situations where there is repeated infidelity, domestic abuse, physical and verbal, or psychological illness, the best thing that can be recommended for the couple is to consider getting a divorce. In many cases though, it may just be the common scenario where a husband and wife have slowly grown apart, spending little time together because of the demands of modern life.
Far too often couples do not put enough effort into saving their marriage and give marriage counselling a chance. More than fifty percent of couples that found themselves on the brink of divorce have managed to turn their failed marriages around by consulting with a professional couples therapist. Karen Rootenberg is a sensitive and caring marriage counsellor based in Wynberg, Cape Town. Karen has more than twenty years experience in counselling couples and individuals, helping them grow and work through difficult circumstances and times in their lives and relationships. The power to truly connect with, and guide couples through obstacles in their relationships or marriage is a rare gift. Karen uses a variety of modalities in her work and may on some occasions focus dealing with unresolved issues of the patient’s “inner child”. Her insights into a person’s behavior and motivations can be uncanny at times and not always comfortable. It is this rare ability that make her so adept at dealing with couples that find themselves no longer able to communicate meaningfully themselves. Some may find her methods eclectic and even unorthodox at times but Karen is extremely skilled in dealing with couples and capable of delivering results. Her authentic, deep interest in helping and serving people puts Karen ahead of a great deal of other couples counsellors who do not share her natural passion for helping people.
Apart from counselling couples and individuals, Karen also runs several fantastic personal growth workshops including the popular Art of Being and Karma Workshops. The Art of Being is a seven month self discovery workshop that will change the way you live your life forever. The workshop guides you through a period of inner searching and spiritual growth that often uncovers deep seated ways of thinking that are harmful to us.
So maybe the electricity in your relationship has waned, the power liess in you to solve it. All too often couples throw in the towel before trying to save their marriages or relationships when in fact all they need is some gentle guidance and perspective. Divorce is not something that should be initiated without first trying to resolve issues with marriage counselling.
Making the decision to ask for help for yourself or a loved one is the first step towards healing, and finding the right psychologist can be difficult. The success of the therapeutic process is largely dependant on the level of trust between the psychologist and the patient.
Dr Anita Prag is a clinical psychologist in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Dr Prag’s practice is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Board of Healthcare Funders. Anita’s practice is conveniently situated at 117 Main Road, Bergvliet, close to Constantia, Tokai, Diep River and Meadowridge in the Southern Suburbs.
Dr Prag completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling at the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Anita went on to perform service by working at the Military Hospital in Wynberg and Saldanha Naval Base as part of her training. Anita had the unique experience of having the opportunity to work in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi as the resident psychologist. The rare experience of working in these conditions has given her a unique insight into the various stressors that can bear down on ordinary people. Anita presented stress and conflict management workshops as well as providing psychotherapy to soldiers suffering from the trauma induced by the violence of war. Anita has during her career worked closely with a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists in helping patients through difficulties and trauma.
Dr Prag now provides a variety of treatment therapies to her clients utilizing a range of modalities.
- Psychotherapy for all ages – adolescents to the elderly
- Community service psychologists and interns
- Healthcare practitioners that require therapy
Couples Counselling :
- Heterosexual couples
- Gay and Lesbian couples
- Pre marital counselling
- IQ Assessments
- Learning related difficulties
- Attention and concentration difficulties
Play Therapy for Children :
- Emotional and Behavioural assessments
- Working with the Parents or primary caregivers and school teachers is a necessity
Anita prefers to take a collaborative approach when treating children and adolescents. During the first one or two sessions, she will spend time doing a thorough assessment of the patient taking all factors into account including all necessary history and important life events.
Dr Anita Prag is an experienced and empathetic psychologist based in the southern suburbs of Cape Town that is very skilled in treating her patients. For more information on her qualifications and consultation times please visit her website. Dr Prag can also be called to schedule an appointment on 021 715 6756, or emailed via the email address provided on her website.