Educational Psychologists

at Oxford Healthcare Centre
Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas

Contact Details
Tel: 084 600 8125
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Qualifications
HDE (JCE), BA (UNISA), FDE (Remedial) (UNISA), BED Hons (Inclusion) (UNISA), Specialist in Literacy and Dyslexia (Bellavista); MED Ed Psych (UNISA)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0121460
BHF practice no. 0500968

Nicole is a registered educational psychologist, working in private practice, with specialisation in child and adolescent play therapy, individual and group therapy, as well as trauma debriefing. Her focus is the psychological, social, emotional, behavioural and educational development of the unique individuals that she assists in developing their true potential. She is trained in both Conquering Literacy, as well as RAVE-O, and offers these techniques both privately as well as within a group setting to help children with reading difficulties read with fluency and understanding. Having worked as a school teacher for many years, she has a strong awareness of how emotional and learning difficulties affect children’s school work and their behaviour. She approaches clients in a compassionate way while engaging in their life worlds. Her overall approach is integrative and tailored to suit the client’s needs. Nicole believes that therapy is a vital tool for children/adolescents who need to be heard and understood, in order to work through their emotional stress and trauma. Her therapeutic focus is on helping individuals with low self-confidence and low self-esteem, as well as – among many other issues – assisting those who are dealing with the emotional side effects of stress situations such as bullying, aggression, divorce, death, sibling rivalry and abuse of any kind. Her personal passion in the therapeutic environment involves working with children who have learning difficulties, especially in the arenas of dyslexia and anxiety. Nicole is fully qualified to undertake full psycho-educational assessments across a broad range including school readiness, dyslexia screening and exam concessions. When a child, adolescent or young adult is not reaching their full potential, the results of these tests can offer parents and teachers concrete evidence of the most productive and relevant ways forward.

Viv van Staden

Viv van Staden

Contact Details
Tel: 079 446 8860
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Qualifications
HED (JCE), BA (Unisa), B ED (UJ), FDE Remedial Education (UJ),
M Ed Psych (UJ), Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy (University of York UK)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0080667
BHF practice no. 0110124

Viv has worked in the field of education for 20 years and has 16 years’ experience as an educational psychologist. She has a particular interest in the early diagnosis of learning difficulties and the intervention thereof using dynamic and well-researched assessment batteries. Dyslexia and therapeutic programmes are one of her areas of specialisation. She assesses children between the ages of four and 18 years of age. She also offers play therapy to assist children with anxiety, self-esteem, divorce issues and other areas of emotional well-being. She currently offers supervision to other educational psychologists as well as presenting talks to other disciplines. Viv has also worked in disadvantaged communities training educators in the field of autism.