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Our Team Members

Marilise Nel

Counselling Psychologist

Marilise gained her Masters in Counselling Psychology at MGI, a private university owned by Pearson Institute of Higher Education (UK). She is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF).

She has a special interest in work with children, adolescents and parents, and offers both play therapy/parenting and assessments in English and Afrikaans.

She completed her internship at The Ububele Educational Psychotherapy Trust where she gained experience in group facilitation, play therapy, therapy with mothers with infants, assessments, couples counselling and psychotherapy. In 2016 she started in private practice, as well as working at a school for children with special needs a few mornings a week.

She has kept up to date with the latest developments in child therapy and assessment by attending training in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy (Ububele, Johannesburg) and Child Psychotherapy (Institute for Child Psychotherapy, Johannesburg). Locally, she is certified and trained in assessing children’s development, using The Griffiths Mental Development Scales. She is also a recognized facilitator of The Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) techniques, an attachment based intervention which helps parents to understand their children’s emotional world and build stronger relationships.


Marilise offers play therapy for children aged 4 years and up. She believes in working systemically in order to finds ways in which parents can support their child’s play therapy sessions.

Play Therapy Sessions help children work through emotional, psychosocial and behavioural difficulties and can help address family problems. Children use the language of play to express themselves. Unlike adolescents and adults, children struggle to verbalise their emotions and experiences so play methods are used, drawing on a child’s natural form of expression, in order to understand the child’s feelings and experiences.

Play Therapy is an effective tool in assisting children and families who have experienced any of the following issues:

  • Social and Emotional difficulties
  • Adjustment to Separation and Divorce
  • Anger and Aggression
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Worry and Anxiety
  • Self-esteem and Identity issues
  • Bedwetting
  • Challenges faced by children with physical or mental disabilities


Marilise also offers the following parent support sessions:

  • Secure Parenting Coaching Sessions for parents with children aged 0 – 6 years. Parents learn skills to help their child manage emotions well & build a secure base for all social relationships. Marilise is trained and accredited in the Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) course.
  • Positive Behaviour Parenting Sessions for parents with children aged 6 – 14 years. Parents learn techniques to help manage their child’s behaviour, such as reducing challenging behavior, increasing cooperation (in schoolwork and home tasks), and boosting self-confidence.


With Assessments, Marilise can assist with the following in English or Afrikaans:

  • School Readiness
    This assessment evaluates a range of physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive skills to understand how prepared a child is to succeed in formal schooling.

  • Scholastic/Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • A child struggling with his/her schoolwork may require an assessment to determine the underlying cause of poor performance, such as a specific learning difficulty. Specific difficulties that can be assessed for include but are not limited to: difficulty with speed of work, concentration difficulties, possible ADD/ADHD, visual processing difficulties such as dyslexia, developmental and learning delays, reading/writing/spelling or mathematics difficulties.

  • Developmental Assessment

  • The Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales.
    This assessment, which is suited for children aged 0-8 years, can help to establish a child’s exact developmental age across six different areas. It is trusted and used worldwide by paediatricians and can even be drawn upon when a child has difficulties with speech or language. It is thus a very useful assessment when there is a concern about a child but there is not yet a clear understanding of the exact underlying issues.
    Six important areas are measured:
    • Foundations of Learning (Practical Reasoning)
    • Language & Communication
    • Hand & Eye Coordination (Fine Motor Skills)
    • Personal-Social-Emotional Skills
    • Gross Motor Development &
    • Overall Developmental Age.

    The results helps to understand areas of strengths & areas in need of attention. It can furthermore help parents decide where to focus efforts in future schooling, assessments or specialist treatment, such as speech and language therapy vs. occupational therapy.

    • Career Guidance/Subject Choice Assessment
      This assessment offers a journey of self-discovery in order to ultimately help identify the best suited career path for you as individual. It is widely understood that a person is more likely to success and find their work enjoyable and rewarding in a career where their unique personality, values, abilities and interests come together. As such, this assessment joins together the person’s individual profile in order to identify the best suited subject choice and/or career options.
      This assessment evaluates:
      • Career Interests
      • Cognitive Ability (IQ)
      • Aptitude & Skills
      • Personality Style
      • Personal Values
      Marilise’s is passionate about offering supportive counselling as a way to help achildren and families navigate challenges throughout all stages in life. She believes that each person can attain a sense of ease and wellbeing in their relationship with themselves and others.

      To contact Marilise directly, please click here or call 084 343 7296.