David van der Want
MA Clinical Psychology (RAU)
As people grow up, they cease to play and they seem to give up the yield of pleasure which they gain from playing - Sigmund Freud
Clinical Psychologist in Cape Town
Winter Vineyard on the Cape West Coast
Welcome to my web site. I am a clinical psychologist in Cape Town's southern suburb of Rosebank directly opposite the Rondebosch common.
My psychological services include:
To read about my theoretical and practical orientation to psychotherapy please view the orientation page.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
A clinical psychologist has specialised training in psychotherapy. A clinical psychologist is not a medical doctor and as such I do not prescribe medication. Rather I make use of conversation and listening as a tool to relieve emotional pain and discomfort. Visit the psychological services section for more information.
Who consults a Clinical Psychologist?
I consult with a wide variety of people experiencing a broad array of difficulties. These range from couples experiencing relationship difficulties to individuals experiencing discouragement, despair and hopelessness in their lives. A clinical psychologist typically treats people who have been diagnosed with depression or other mood disorder or an anxiety disorder or a psychosis. My preference is to de-emphasise diagnostic categories and to place more focus on allowing symptoms of pain and distress to reveal themselves and perhaps even to signal the direction of personal growth and development.