Dr Ester Haumann is both a clinical psychologist and a Jungian analyst, who has specialised in the area of depth psychotherapy. Before starting a private practice in 1983, she received her MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch in 1975. In 1996, she completed the training in Hypnotherapy (SASCH). Further studies led to a PhD in Psychotherapy from Rhodes University in 2005. In 2009, she became a Jungian analyst (IAAPP) and a member of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA). Because of her interest in the embodied dimension of psychotherapy, Ester is currently part of the first Somatic Experiencing training group in South Africa

The journey towards healing

The decision to enter psychotherapy or analysis is usually made when one is in crisis and, sometimes, also struggling with mental symptoms and distress that have a significant negative impact on one’s quality of life. The focus of the initial phase of therapy is therefore usually on finding help with or relief from this type of issue, problem or symptom. Therapy can also, however, become a process of transformation towards greater wholeness, balance and well-being.

Ester is consulted by individuals and couples grappling with a variety of life crises and difficulties, both personal and work-related. She works with clients with early trauma and attachment difficulties; clients suffering from mood and anxiety disorders; as well as those who struggle with affect regulation and interpersonal boundaries. Dealing with stress, life changes, working through loss and grief, and relationship issues are also part of her work with clients. In the treatment plan that is specifically worked out and geared towards the needs of every individual client, there is an emphasis on personal development and the facilitation of increased psychic resilience.

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, Ester’s therapeutic work is mainly informed by Jungian and psychoanalytic thinking. She is also open to the use of brief and solution-focused interventions when appropriate and necessary. The mind-body dimension is an integral part of her therapeutic approach, and in this regard she makes use of approaches like Embodied Dream Work and Somatic Experiencing.

Services provided

Ester’s clients include individuals and couples, adults and adolescents from both English and Afrikaans-speaking backgrounds. The intensity and length of therapy depends on what a client needs and wants at a particular time; while therapy may therefore sometimes be long-term, some clients are seen for only a few sessions.

The personal development and further training of psychotherapists are of specific interest to Ester. Therapist development was also the topic of her PhD dissertation (see http://eprints.ru.ac.za/203/). Colleagues consult Ester for their own therapies, analyses and for clinical supervision. Ester is a member of the Curriculum Committee of SAAJA (Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts) and involved in the training of Jungian analysts in Cape Town.

Dr Ester Haumann PAIA Manual

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