Calynn Walker

Counselling Psychologist

About me

I have always had a special interest in people. This natural curiosity encouraged a passion and dedication to the field of psychology. Currently I run a private practice in Groenkloof Pretoria and lecture in the Department of Social Sciences at Varsity College Menlyn. I believe the greatest tool we have to offer is a safe space for clients to feel validated, cared for and understood. I am warm, empathic, and friendly in my therapy room and believe that nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

Education

MA Counselling Psychology
University of the Witwatersrand
B.Soc.Sci Psychology Honours
South African College of Applied Psychology
Certificate in Logotherapy, Introductory and Intermediate Level
Victor Frankl Institute of South Africa / University of South Africa
Certificate in HIV/Aids: Care and Counselling
University of South Africa
Certificate in Mentorship
University of South Africa
Certificate in Business Administration and Management
Damelin
BA Humanities
University of the Witwatersrand

Experience

Present
Private Practice
Groenkloof Practice
Present
Psycology Lecturer
Varsity College Pretoria
Past
Locum Psycologist
at various Pretoria hospitals
Past
MA Psycology Internship
Stabilis Treatment Centre

Approach

Personally, I enjoy using Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies, Positive Psychology and most importantly Interpersonal Therapy. This approach uses Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory and Social Relationships Theory to understand and assist clients. The techniques used in therapy focus on symptom reduction, enhanced social relationships and psychoeducation. My focus in therapy generally covers behaviours, thoughts, emotions, and relationships for a holistic treatment plan.

What kind of clients I work with

I work with adolescents, adults and the elderly. I perform both individual, couples’ and family counselling. I can work with grief, trauma, addiction, job/life stress, family challenges, relationship challenges, financial troubles, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and a host of other issues that bring people to therapy.
I do not work with severe psychopathology, if this is the type of assistance you require I would recommend heading to your nearest emergency centre or clinic.
Unfortunately, I do not perform assessments for school readiness and career/subject choice or assessments for forensic/legal purposes. If this is what you are looking for, allow me to refer you to someone who can assist you better.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you be unsure of the type of assistance you need.

How It Works

You can choose to have a set number of sessions or to have an open-ended therapy plan. The length of a session usually lasts between 50 minutes to an hour for individuals, families and couples. Sessions take place at my practice in Groenkloof or online via. Please see the FAQs section for more information on therapy and how it works.

What It Costs

The cost per session is based on the current annual medical aid rates and is dependent on the duration of a session. Claiming for sessions on your behalf from a medical aid is available for most schemes. Cash, EFT and credit/debit card payments are also accepted. For more information, please feel free to contact me.

How To Book

Bookings can be made via phone call, email or my online booking platform. Please see the Contact section for more information and contact details.

Practice Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Advocacy

Mental health advocacy is such an important cause for me. The more we talk about mental health and the available resources, the better. Only through discussions, can changes be made.

Frequenty Asked Questions

Do I have to be in therapy forever?

The duration of therapy depends on the client, their needs, and their availability. Some people prefer to be in therapy to resolve specific issues, others enjoy the consistent emotional work and will be in therapy for years. Some people enter therapy for a few sessions and then never need to go back, others will revisit their therapist whenever they need assistance in processing a major life event. There is no right amount or duration of therapy, therefore it’s important to listen to your mind, body, and emotions to tell you when you do and don’t need to be in therapy.


Am I crazy if I am in therapy? Is there something wrong with me if I am in therapy?

The beauty of therapy is that it can be helpful to everyone. There is an age-old stigma that says only “crazy” people or people who have something wrong with them are in therapy. Therapy is actually designed to assist people with a wide variety of issues from grief, job stress and relationship hurdles to personality disorders, depression, and anxiety. There is no set type of person that needs to be in therapy.


What happens during a session?

The first few sessions of a therapeutic relationship are usually centred on the therapist getting to know you. People are dynamic and unique, this means we have a lot to learn about you before the real work can begin. Once the relationship is established, a session will follow a fairly similar structure. A client is usually asked how they have been and if anything has happened since the previous session. If any homework was assigned, the therapist will ask about this too. The client is usually the leader of the session and will guide where the focus will be. Sometimes the therapist will guide the content of the session if they feel it is necessary, but the client and their needs are most important. We will focus on the challenges that brought you to therapy in the first place and will generally work on coping skills, emotional awareness, thought awareness and behaviour management.


How will I know if my therapist is the right one for me?

A therapist, specifically a psychologist, will spend many years trying to qualify in this profession. Each therapist is highly trained and will have a specific selection of therapeutic techniques or theories that they will work with. Whilst most therapists are good at their jobs, the most important factor that will determine the right therapist for you is the therapeutic relationship. Therapy is a highly personal and subjective experience. There needs to be a sense of ease and comfort between you and your therapist. This helps create a sense of trust and connection that is vital for the therapeutic process. The only way to know this is to meet a therapist and get a feel for them. You should know by the first or second session if you feel comfortable and trusting of your therapist. If you don’t, you are allowed to tell your therapist and ask for a referral to someone who they think might fit your needs better.


What happens if I run out of medical aid or don’t have medical aid?

Most therapists also accept cash payments and don’t need you to have medical aid to offer treatment services. The best option is to speak to your therapist about your financial situation and your ability to pay for sessions.


What can I expect from therapy?

You will be given a safe and protected environment to explore your most vulnerable emotions, memories, behaviours and thoughts. Most therapy rooms are private, quiet and comfortable. Although unpleasant, therapy will require you to be honest with yourself and about the life you live so that you may create awareness and change. Sometimes you may cry and sometimes you may laugh, but you can expect therapy to be a space in time dedicated to you and your needs.


What can I expect from my therapist?

Many clients expect their therapists to give them advice and tell them what to do. Unfortunately, this is not the job of a therapist. Our job is rather to provide a safe space for you to explore your behaviour, thoughts, and emotions and to come to your own conclusions. Our job is to make you feel heard and understood first. We may ask you thoughtful and guided questions in order to help us both understand you a bit better, we may even offer some insights or thoughts on what you bring to therapy. The focus of the session is on you and your story, and the one most qualified to make decisions about your life is you. Our job is to assist you in doing that.


What type of theoretical approach do you use?

Personally, I enjoy using Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies, Positive Psychology and most importantly Interpersonal Therapy. This approach uses Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory and Social Relationships Theory to understand and assist clients. The techniques used in therapy focus on symptom reduction, enhanced social relationships and psychoeducation. My focus in therapy generally covers behaviours, thoughts, emotions, and relationships for a holistic treatment plan.


What type of client do you work with?

My training allows me to work with all kinds of clients; I can work with adolescents, adults, and the elderly. I perform both individual and couples’ counselling at my practice. I can work with grief, trauma, addiction, job/life stress, family challenges, relationship challenges, financial troubles, depression, anxiety, and a host of other issues that bring people to therapy. Unfortunately, I do not perform assessments for school readiness, career and subject choice or for forensic/legal purposes. If this is what you are looking for, allow me to refer you to someone who can assist you better.


Contact Me

Phone


+27(0) 68 264 1023

Online Booking


Address


79 George Storrar Drive
Groenkloof
Pretoria
0027