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Hello, I would like to extend a warm welcome to my website.
My name is Gina Sim and I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of  Healthcare Funders.

I primarily treat adolescents and adults with moderate to severe psychological issues, and who are in need of therapeutic support. I have a special interest in working with adolescents in the areas of depression, anxiety, behavioural problems, suicidality and self-harming behaviours.

My approach to therapy is warm and open, and can be either non-directive or structured - the details of each specific case will determine the most suitable approach.

I served my community service as a Clinical Psychologist working for the Department of Correctional Services. During this time, I served at the Maximum Security Centre at Westville Prison seeing juvenile (youth) and adult offenders. As part of my duties,  I provided supportive and rehabilitative therapy for the offenders.  

I lecture developmental psychology and psychopathology at the South African College of Applied Psychology, and also work with Boys Town, providing psychological services and group therapy to adolescents.

I completed my internship at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health working at King Edward Hospital and King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex, where I conducted psychotherapy, and clinical assessments, and worked within the district hospital and psychiatric hospital.

I have also had experience working at numerous NGOs including as a Lifeline counsellor, and have presented psycho-educational talks at various mental health awareness forums, including the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG KZN).

My previous research interests included intimate partner violence and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried."

-Carl Rodgers-

Therapeutic Intervention

I provide therapy using a wide range of modalities as listed below. I tend towards a psychodynamic approach making use of attachment theory. My objective is to create a warm and empathetic environment whereby self-discovery, healing and growth may take place.

Therapeutic modality

During the therapeutic intervention each case will be assessed and the therapeutic modality chosen accordingly. I have experience and training in the following therapeutic modalities: Attachment Based Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Transactional Analysis Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Trauma/Grief models.

Online therapy

Online services in mental health is a relatively new development whereby a trained professional provides psychological services such as therapy via the internet. Online therapy plays an important role in providing access to everyone without the need to travel or take time off work. I provide online services using the Zoom platform which can be used by anyone with internet access. Please enquire for further information.

Clinical Assessments

As part of my assessment process I am able to conduct a range of clinical assessments and screening tools.

Multicultural approach

My training and experience has led me to value and practice multicultural therapy which aims to address the concerns of clients whose race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, disability status, or other social factor(s) fall outside of the majority or outside the dominant social group. The approach centres on the idea that these factors play a role in how a person relates to others and experiences the world, and then seeks to factor those realities into their treatment.

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If you have any of the symptoms listed below or if you have noticed these in your adolescent it may be an indication of mental health struggles:

  • Self-harming behaviours (cutting)
  • Peer / relational difficulties
  • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Changes in school performance (e.g. falling grades)
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Defying authority, missing school, stealing, or damaging property
  • Excessive complaints of physical problems (e.g. headaches, low energy levels)
  • Frequent outbursts of anger
  • Inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Isolating themselves from friends/family
  • Talking about ending their life (talk of suicide) 
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If you have experienced any of the symptoms listed below it may be an indication that you are facing mental health struggles:
  • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Excessive fear, worry, or anxiety
  • Extremely high and low moods (mood swings)
  • High emotionality (crying easily or excessive anger outbursts)
  • Increasing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability
  • Relational problems / social withdrawal 
  • Many unexplained physical complaints / headaches
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Low libido
  • Suicidal thoughts.
I treat a wide range of mental health disorders which include, but are not limited to, the following:

Mood disorders (depression)
Anxiety disorders
Addiction/substance abuse
Adjustment disorder (major life changes)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Sexual, physical/emotional abuse
Trauma-related disorders
Complicated Grief
Disruptive behaviour disorders (e.g. Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
Eating disorders (e.g. Anorexia)
Elimination disorders (e.g. Enuresis/Bedwetting)
Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
Personality disorders
Psychosis (e.g. Schizophrenia)
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This is a normal and appropriate question from parents.  As parents, it is important to reiterate that attending therapy does not mean that there is something intrinsically wrong with your child. Parents may find the process of seeking therapy for their children more anxiety-provoking than the child does.
Adolescents generally settle into the process quickly and develop an understanding of my role in helping them or their family. At times, however, they do resist, so here are some tips to help you:
  • Talk to them about attending therapy in a calm moment - it should not be announced during an argument or in anger, or else it may be seen as punishment or a threat.
  • Identify the issue - in a compassionate way, parents can tell their child that they notice they have been struggling, and then empathize with how hard it must be for them. Highlight that seeking guidance is a sign of strength to grow and develop.
  • Explain psychotherapy - how it works and what they can expect, so as to ease anxiety of the unknown.
  • Normalise therapy - explain that it is a safe, confidential place, and that many people attend therapy.
  • CONFIDENTIALITY - ensure that you respect their privacy, so don't discuss the process or their concerns in front of anyone else without their consent. 
If you are struggling to explain the importance of therapy to your child, it is a process which I, as the therapist, can facilitate and guide during the sessions.

Rates / Payment & Medical Aids

The practice rates are aligned with medical aid rates and will be submitted directly on behalf of the client at the relevant medical aid rate.

Should you not belong to a Medical Aid, you will be consulted on a private tariff.

Sessions are 50 mins (therapeutic hour) and the rate is R1,200 per session.

The following payment options are available:
  • Cash/Credit Card/Zapper (directly after the appointment)
  • EFT (before the appointment) *see banking details below (POP to be emailed prior to the session).
Please make note of the following:
  • In all instances you are fully responsible for the payment of sessions should your medical aid not pay for any reason whatsoever.
  • It is the responsibility of the client to check the availability of benefits prior to the commencement of treatment.
  • Please note the private tariff will be reviewed and amended in January of each year.
  • Please note medical aids do not cover appointments not kept or late cancellations. Appointments must be re-scheduled 24hrs in advance to avoid charges.
  • Payment of an overdue account is subject to the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act for all accounts and charges that are not paid within a 30-day period. If I am compelled to employ the services of an attorney/debt collection agency all costs associated with the recovery of the debt will be for your account.


Bookings to be made via WhatsApp or email. Please be patient as responses may take a day due to the psychologist being in sessions.

The appointment will be confirmed by a message and a reminder message will be sent 24hrs prior.

Booking cancellations

Cancellations and rescheduling of appointments must be made not later than 24 hours prior to appointments. If an appointment is missed the full fee will be charged. Please note a fee may also be charged for late cancellations. Cancellations for Monday appointments must be made by Friday at 16h00.

Booking for adolescents

Adolescents under the age of 18 years old will require both parents to sign the Informed Consent Form before treatment may commence. This is also applicable when parents are divorced or no longer living together.

Adolescents will require a minimum of six sessions. The first session they will be seen individually. The second session the parents will be seen to obtain further collateral. During the 6th session, parents will be updated on the therapeutic progress.


All sessions are private and confidential. As per the HPCSA Ethical Code of Conduct, the only time confidentiality may be broken is in the event that a client admits they plan to harm themselves or someone else, or in the event that I am subpoenaed by a court of law. The topic of confidentiality and disclosure will be discussed with both the parents and adolescent prior to commencing therapy

Please note that the Informed Consent Form must be signed by clients before engaging in psychological services.
  • 5 Ennisdale Drive, Durban North, South Africa

Gina Sim M.A. Clin Psych, BSocSci-Hons HPCSA Number: PS 0152315 Practice Number: 1092057

by: Gina Sim

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