Minnie Jeanné Loubser, Clinical Psychologist
I work in private practice in Stellenbosch, at 63 Dorp street. As a clinical psychologist I use my training and experience to guide clients and to help them move towards health, happiness and wellbeing. Clients consult me because of any form of distress, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, problems with relationships, problems with adjustment, concentration (ADHD), self-image, grief and loss, or any form of trauma. Human beings can transform and resolve any form of distress or uncertainty. No issue or problem is too big or too small to bring to therapy.
I follow an integrated, holistic and multi-dimensional approach. My training and experience, together with specific psychotherapeutic approaches and modalities, are used in an integrated way to create a client-centred and unique therapeutic journey, together with each individual client.
Human beings are multi-dimensional and interconnected beings. Whatever affects one system within the human entity, will have an effect on every other system, whether physical, emotional, psychological, neurological or spiritual. Depending on the client’s needs and experiences, any system may be used as the entry point to start the therapeutic healing journey. Therapy may start with the body based therapies, such as TRE or SE, or the mind based therapies such as CBT or DBT, or the unconscious or with dissociated states (Hypnotherapy or Ego-state therapy) or positive psychology and energy healing modalities such as EFT or Mindfulness, or more neurological, multi-modal modalities such as EMDR or EMI. Wherever the journey starts in therapy, the goal is for the individual to function optimally at all levels, as a healthier, more integrated and happier being.
- (CBT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- (DBT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Hypnotherapy: Traditional as well as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy (Advanced)
- (EST) Ego State therapy (Advanced)
- (EMI) Eye Movement Integration (Advanced Practitioner and Trainer in EMI)
- (EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reintegration, especially with Trauma (Advanced))
- (SE) Somatic Experiencing to resolve trauma (Advanced training - currently)
- (TRE) Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises - Advanced
- Impact therapy (Advanced)
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Energy psychology (Including EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique)
- (RT) Resource Therapy (Gordon Emmerson)
- (BWRT) BrainWorking Recursive Therapy
I also do training workshops for therapist in Eye Movement Integration and Impact Therapy.
Psychologists and therapists also consult me for supervision and/or their own therapy.
I obtained my first Masters degree in Psychology at Stellenbosch University in 1980. I married, had children, studied and lived in Germany and Holland and travelled. After my return I lectured at the University of the Western Cape from 1985 to 1989.
I moved to KwaZulu-Natal with my family in 1990. I completed my second Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and completed an internship at Town Hill Hospital and in the Adolescent Unit at Fort Napier hospital in Pietermaritzburg in 1993. I also co-developed and worked in a community psychology project in Zululand.
From 1994 to 2011, I worked in private practice in KZN, in a multi-disciplinary practice. During this time, I regularly had Masters students doing their internships with me and I also acted as a therapist and supervisor for therapists. In December 2011 I moved to Stellenbosch.
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WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Minnie saved my life. I suffer from depression, anxiety, panic, OCD and ADHD. Over the years, I have seen many psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists, and have been on most forms of psycho-active medication. Of all these, Minnie has made the biggest difference to my life, not only because of her level of education and a lifetime of experience, but because of the person that she is.
My father passed away three years ago and I never allowed myself the time to grieve. This started to affect my professional career and I realized, despite going to see two other therapist I had not dealt with the affects of the experience relating to my father’s death. As much as I didn’t want to acknowledge it, I knew I had Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from this experience. When I went to see Minnie and she spoke about EMI I was interested in trying something to help me heal. Minnie has a persona that shows that she is able to guide the client to healing. So I trusted her in the facilitation of EMI. My brain was able to reintegrate the traumatic experiences so that I no longer had the symptoms of PTSD. I am now able to mourn the death of my father and I carry his memories in my heart without the fear of falling apart. Not only did EMI assist me to be able to deal with this particular experience but Minnie assisted me to bring the different parts of myself together again. Minnie also empowered me to have healthy coping mechanisms in my day to day life. In essence my therapeutic journey with Minnie helped me to be myself again.
I saw Minnie for nearly 2 years in my mid twenties. I am now 47 and still use the skills she taught me in order for me to maintain a healthy and normal life. People don't realise when children from young ages are abused and exposed to unhealthy lifestyles that it impacts these children into adulthood. Learning basics such as having the right to live is just accepted as normal by most, but believe me it doesn't always come naturally. I am not alive today because my birth mother gave birth to me, but because Minnie was the first to teach me about unconditional love and having the RIGHT to live, laugh and love.
“Minnie is an exceptionally respectful therapist, she does not judge, or question, nor does prescribe. She listens, she hears and she she will do everything that is necessary to understand.”
“Minnie has a deep intuitive knowing, and it is a gift which few people have. In her, you will find a present, authentic therapist, one who is consistently kind, compassionate and encouraging. You can expect that she will always speak her truth and help you speak yours.”
“I have gone to the very underbelly of the underworld, and into some of the darkest places of the psyche with Minnie by my side. It is journey that I would likely never have made, and so ended my life, if I did not cross her path and found in her a deeply courageous, compassionate and authentic therapist."