Naomi has been in private practice as a psychologist for the past ten years and, along with her other youth-related work, has a collective 20 years of experience in child education, development and psychology. She is passionate about working with children, families and parents of both nuclear and blended families. She has been described as a dynamic speaker and a gifted presenter, and is committed to empowering parents and child care workers to raise holistically happy and healthy children. She works with children and families from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.
Prior to studying her Psychology Master’s degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Naomi was a pre-primary and primary school educator. This has enabled to her gain invaluable insight into the functioning of school systems and into the emotional and academic needs of educators and children.
Naomi has worked with non-profit organizations and children’s homes, and was instrumental in forming the Grey’s Hospital Volunteering Programme in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. This programme at this state-run hospital saw university students engaging in stimulating activities in the paediatric wards, including the burns unit with excellent results with children who would otherwise have had little or no stimulation. Naomi also began the Sunshine House Volunteer Programme, in which university students from UKZN ran homework and games programmes with disadvantaged children from a local children’s home.
Naomi currently runs a busy private practice, working with children, teens, families and parents. Her mission is to create change for the next generation through the empowerment of parents, educators and child care workers. She has always been passionate about the work she has done with children and most recently has been exploring the substrates of anxiety and other problems in children and teens. Her presentations have been described as powerful, lifegiving, inspired, relevant and realistic and attendance at these is consistently high.
Naomi is a born and bred South African, who loves adventure and travelling to other African countries. She is married to David and they have two beautiful children, Christian and Rachel. She is an artist, and uses her creativity and energy to bring a dynamic approach to both her therapy sessions and to the workshops and speaking engagements she presents at.
M.A. (Educational Psychology) Cum Laude- University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
B.Ed (Educational Psychology)- University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
B. Prim Ed- University of Stellenbosch, South Africa