Our Team Members
Avri Spilka is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council and the Board of Health Care Funders. She obtained her Masters in Community-Based Counselling Psychology from Wits University and completed her internship at the Family Life Centre where she worked with individuals, relationships and families.
Avri has a special interest in sexual, gender and relationship diversity and is passionate about providing affirming therapeutic spaces for those who do not fit into the sexual, gender and relationship norm. She has a special interest in working with clients who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTPQIA+). She also provides affirming therapy for those in or exploring consensually non-monogamous relationship structures such as polyamory, polygamy, open relationships, and swinging, as well as those who are in BDSM/kink relationships. She has a growing interest in working with those who experience sexual distress and dysfunction.
For the past 8 years, Avri has worked as a psychosexual consultant at the intersection of mental health and sexuality. It was during this period that she realised the need for therapists who are sensitive to and informed about sexual, gender and relationship diversity. She works Psychodynamically and draws on ideas and techniques from other schools of thought such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (especially DBT), Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Systemic Therapy. Avri continually attends professional development courses and trainings both in sexuality and in Psychology, and does her own research to grow her skill and knowledge as a therapist.
Avri believes deeply in the uniqueness of her clients. She sees the therapeutic encounter as an opportunity to enhance self-awareness, insight, and empowerment within the context of a safe, compassionate, accepting, and non-judgemental relationship with the therapist. Therapy can also be a space to ventilate, understand challenges and solve problems. She is now working part-time at Houghton House in addiction and part-time in private practice at the Bona Dea Centre.