Yolande’s pursued a career in Psychology after numerous years as lecturer in Media Studies and as academic manager, where she was often faced with the challenges that people endure in their daily lives. She completed her Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Witwatersrand and subsequently completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Western Cape.
During her internship year she was placed at Valkenberg Hospital where she completed rotations at Alexandra Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, and the Female High Care Unit at Valkenberg Hospital. She completed her Community Service year at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital within the Male Acute Unit, providing individual and group therapy to inpatients, conducting assessments, training staff and students, and supervising students.
Yolande joined private practice after the birth of her son, which provided her with more flexibility in her role as mother. In recent years she has developed an interest in the mental health challenges that are unique to women or more commonly experienced by women, such as perinatal distress, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, fertility, miscarriage/stillbirth and menopausal symptoms. In addition, her time at Groote Schuur Hospital led to an interest in how psychological factors can affect a person’s physical health outcomes. Becoming part of the team at the Bergvliet Family Practice was thus an obvious fit for Yolande as it encourages a multidisciplinary approach to the physical and mental health outcomes of the person.
Dignity is an essential principle that guides her life and work. Yolande therefore aims to provide a therapeutic space where the dignity of a person can be restored. It includes an open-hearted embrace of a person’s otherness and individuality.