Kyli Benadie-Chowles

Clinical Psychologist

M.Sc. Clinical Psychology

PS 0146811 / PR. No 0974463

 

Hello! I’m Kyli

HPCSA Registered Clinical Psychologist (Languages: English and Afrikaans)

Welcome to my website. I am a clinical psychologist with a broad variety of skills. Balance and wellbeing are not only important concepts in my personal life, but I also love  facilitating the process of finding balance and ways to improve wellbeing for others.

Our mental health affects every aspect of our lives: how we think and talk, in our ability to form meaningful relationships, as well as our performance at work or school. Anxiety and depression are just two of the main difficulties that prevent people from reaching their potential. It is important to realise that it’s not about your diagnosis or your pain, but rather about living the best life you can regardless. My aim is to help you to become more yourself, learn how to function within your daily context, and be freer to both love and accept love.

Please browse through my website to learn more about how I operate, what services I offer, and view my credentials.

Follow me on social media for updates about my practice (you can find the links on the bottom of this page).

You can contact me via WhatsApp or email (see details on the top of this page) with questions related to bookings or scheduling a psychological assessment and report. Please note that email and WhatsApp serve only as platforms to enquire the above mentioned. These platforms do not serve the purpose of therapeutic service or intervention.

For emergency 24/7 counselling please contact 0800 456 789 or 0861 322 322.

Medical Psychology

Individual Therapy

Family Therapy

Group Therapy

Psychological Assessment

Good to know…

Stress, Anxiety, & Mood disorders

Stress is our response to anything that throws our systems out of balance, and is intended to motivate us to make changes to restore that balance. This applies not only to physical stress such as in cases of hunger, cold, and injury, but also applies to mental distress. Mental stress may be more subtle, but no less serious. Your body may be expressing stress in the form of headaches, muscle spasms, sleep disturbances, memory loss, and digestive problems like stomach ulcers. Prolonged high stress can also lead to anxiety and mood disorders. Moreover, stress can also stand in the way of personal development and emotional growth while it is easy to forget that stress impacts children too!

Identity search and personality disorders

The search for identity is an essential part of adolescence, and the lack of it will impede one’s functioning as an adult. This goes hand in hand with the search for meaning in life. Some individuals get caught in negative patterns that become obstacles in their search, causing problematic behaviour and negatively affecting relationships with others. This further causes entrapment in a state of poor mental health including feeling empty and lost. It could also lead to being diagnosed with a personality disorder. I embark with people on their journey in search of identity and meaning.

Psychological reports

A psychological report serves the purpose of providing a clear, fair and unbiased picture of the person being assessed. Such a report is normally requested by a Court of Law for forensic purposes, by neurologists for diagnostic purposes, by the Road Accident Fund for the purposes of claims, or by educational institutions for diagnostic or school placement purposes. Assessment for such a report constitute a clinical interview and formal psychological testing by means of measures accepted by the HPCSA. In general, a psychologist will assume either the role of the assessor or the role of the therapist, to maintain objectivity. For more information about psychological assessment, see my services page or contact me.

Getting Started is Easy

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STEP 1

Send me an email or WhatsApp to book an  your appoitnment (online sessions are also available)

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STEP 2

You have an option to complete paperwork electronically to save time in your first session

STEP 3

Payment is required prior to,or immediately after session. Options available : PayPal, EFT, Cash, Card Machine and medical aid.

“Just as blueprints don't necessarily specify blue buildings, selfish genes don't necessarily specify selfish organisms... Genes are a play within a play, not the interior monologue of the players.” ― Steven Pinker

“We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” ― Paulo Coelho

"The creative adult is the child who survived." -- Ursula Leguin

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do sessions cost?

Prices differ depending on the type of service. I am registered to claim our sessions from your medical aid; subject to the type of medical aid plan you have and the availability of funds of your medical aid. A sliding scale is available for long term therapy while Clinic Day is also available for individuals with low income. Please visit my Facebook page to view current pricing for different services.

How do I check if a psychologist is really registered?

You can check whether a psychologist is really registered on the HPCSA website: https://isystems.hpcsa.co.za/iregister/

There you can look up registered practitioners by entering either their name or PS number. You may also request your practitioner to present their registration certificate to you as proof of registration.

Are you a psychologist or a psychotherapist?

In South Africa, we do not distinguish between a psychologist and a psychotherapist. A clinical psychologist (which I am) or a counselling psychologist are persons who provide psychotherapy, while they are also involved or have been involved in research in the field of psychology. In South Africa, a research psychologist is a psychologist who focuses on only the academic/research aspects of the field of psychology.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

People often confuse psychologists and psychiatrists. A psychologist teaches techniques and skills to assist in emotional development, improved well-being, and empowerment. A psychiatrist prescribes psychiatric medication towards similar goals. These two usually work best combined, each playing a distinct role in improving mental health. Psychotherapy is focused on identifying and dissolving patterns of thought, emotion, and behaviour that pose obstacles to sound mental health. It is important to accept that resolving such patterns cannot take place through the use of psychiatric medication alone.

Is my information really private?

Privacy is paramount. I am compelled by the HPCSA to ensure not only high standards of service but also strict confidentiality.
Be aware that under South African law, there are certain situations that would compel any psychologist to share information with the relevant authorities. These situations include:   

  1. If someone presents an imminent danger to themselves or
  2. In the case of abuse or neglect.
  3. If a court orders the disclosure of records.

*It is important to take note that any information shared would be in order to assist and act in the best interest of all affected parties. Information will never be shared to do harm or to gain any personal benefit in any way.