ABOUT MR WJA ENGELBRECHT

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Mr. WJA Engelbrecht is a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health Professional’s Council of South Africa (HPCSA) since 1989. He received all his qualifications with Cum Laude. He has a special interest in Applied Neuropsychological Modalities, Somato-psychological Modalities, Neuro-developmental Delays, Behaviour challenges, Mood Disorders and Trauma.

He is also trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE®), Eye Movement Integration (EMI), Hypnotherapy, Ericksonian HypnoTherapy, Ego State Therapy, Trauma Therapy and Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT). Lifelong Learning is vital to stay abreast of the latest developments in Psychology and therefore he undertakes various training courses in his field of interests.

Services are rendered to children, adolescents and adults.

Mr WJA Engelbrecht has been trained in Somatic Experiencing® at Advanced Level and received the
International Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Certificate. Accreditation is done by the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in the USA. SE® provides a model of understanding and healing of traumatic experiences, developed by Peter A Levine. The focus of SE® is on how the body unshackles trauma and restores general wellbeing. SE® is an effective neurophysiological-biological model in resolving PTSD, emotional trauma, overwhelming life events and extreme stress situations.

Mr WJA Engelbrecht has a somatic approach towards trauma therapy, using Somatic Experiencing, as well as other modalities.

He has also been trained in Protective Behaviours, which has the body as focus to recognise unsafe feelings. A key principle of this approach is how our body gives us early warning signs about unsafe situations. It teaches children and adults to attune themselves to the messages from their bodies and teaches life skills with protective behaviours in mind.

He is an accredited Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT) Practitioner. ILT unwraps the foundations of learning and behaviour complexities. From birth - and prenatal - we learn to move and move to learn. The body consists of different parts and work together as a system. When any part of the body is not functioning adeptly, the body as a system may not work proficiently. The ultimate goal of ILT is to provide programmes to the client - supervised by the parent - that may stimulate the nervous system to work more proficiently. In the ILT approach Gentle Strengthening is a fundamental concept and an approach based on the idea that weak, disorganised and immature neurological systems, should be gently strengthened . This may assist to improve behaviour and learning.

He has supervised several intern Educational Psychologists and has been an External Examiner for MA students.

Furthermore, his approach focuses on Positive Psychology where clients bring their own sets of strengths and resources into therapy with their own innate ability to restore Wellbeing. When required, clients are referred to other Health Professionals for additional or further interventions.

Services are rendered in both English and Afrikaans.