Lisa consults and teaches at the beautiful 196 Victoria Holistic Healing and Creative Center in Woodstock. She is warm, friendly, approachable and deeply committed to the work she does. She holds a BA Psychology Degree, Advanced Counselling Diploma and Coaching Certification as well as being a Yoga Instructor and Registered Massage Therapist. Lisa uses a multi-modality approach to support her clients on every level in their growth, healing and personal transformation.
“All my life I’ve been drawn to working with people in a helping/healing capacity. My interest in body work was piqued when at the age of 19 I was involved in a near fatal motor cycle accident and needed many months of physical therapy in order to recover. During my early 20’s I put myself through University and studied yoga teaching and Massage Therapy while working in the service industry. Thereafter, I lived overseas, caring for the elderly and Disabled in the UK and teaching English in South Korea. Since returning to Cape Town and opening my Wellness Practice in The Gardens Area in 2005 I’ve worked one on one with hundreds of people on both physical and emotional levels. This, along with my ongoing studies has given me a great deal of experience and insight and allowed me to develop my own unique style of body work.
From an early age I developed an interest in Psychology and have always been fascinated by human nature. My studying is ongoing; I constantly read and attend courses in order to further my knowledge, find new ways of assisting clients and develop myself on a personal and professional level. I’ve also volunteered as a Counsellor and Group Facilitator at Life Line for the last 8 years which has given me a great deal of experience and insight. My approach is to combine various Counselling Theories, Coaching Models, Mindfulness Techniques and Self-Exploration Tools; I tailor sessions around the needs of each individual. As a Counsellor I offer my clients emotional healing and support and as a Coach I help people to move forward in their lives.
I believe that being genuine and providing a space of warmth, encouragement and unconditional positive regard for clients is far more effective than doggedly adhering to a set of theories, practices and models. I am a huge advocate of Self Development. Attending various forms of therapy on an ongoing basis has helped me to heal, grow in awareness and transform my own life. I believe in the value of self-exploration, personal growth and healing work as I’ve seen again and again how people’s lives have been transformed by being listened to, encouraged to talk, express feelings and release physical, emotional and mental tension through body work.
- BA Degree majoring in Psychology and English (UCT/UNISA 1995-1999)
- 1 year Yoga Instructors Diploma (Ananda Kutir Ashram 1999)
- 2 year Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage Diploma (MTI 2001-2002)
- Registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of SA (2006)
- 1 year Functional Physiology & Anatomy course (UCT 2007)
- Reflexology Certification (Lulu Beyers 2008)
- Life Line Personal growth & Counselling Skills Course (2009)
- Volunteering as a counsellor & group facilitator since 2010-present
- 3 year Basic & Advanced Counselling Diploma (UNISA) 2009-2013
- 9 years volunteering as a Counsellor & Facilitator at Life Line (2009-Present)
- Short Courses: Thai Massage, Reiki, Hot stone massage, Lymph Drainage, Crainio-Sacral therapy intro, Cheirology, Pressure Point Techniques, Chinese Meridian Location, Transactional Analysis
- 1 year course in Hypnotherapy (SAIH 2015)
- 6 Month Coach Practitioner Program (SACAP 2017)
- Gained Medical Aid Recognition for Therapeutic Massage Therapy (2018)
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding”~~Kahlil Gibran
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions”~~Stephen Covey
“Lisa’s relaxed and genuine manner made it easy to express myself freely. I felt a huge sense of relief after each Coaching session, always leaving with renewed clarity and understanding.”
Receiving a Massage Therapy treatment from Lisa was a unique experience. It strangely brought up emotions and feelings I never knew were possible from body work. I thought it was going to be purely physical relaxation and release of muscular tension, it was so much more.
“I had an incredible Counselling session with Lisa. Her genuine empathy and engagement allowed me to pry into myself so I could find relief and take positive steps towards being myself. I definitely recommend her if you’re in need of understanding and insight for whatever you’re going through. Thank you Lisa!”
“I have been treated by Lisa for a number of years and would recommend her unequivocally. She is highly professional, skilled and knowledgeable. She has the ability to adapt her treatments to the state of her client’s body and thus actively contribute to the recovery and healing of fatigued or damaged muscles. Her facilities are always spotless and she provides a warm and comfortable environment in which to be treated.”