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Dr. Jean-Philippe Arzul, Ph.D. (SA)

Clinical Psychologist

I offer short-term crisis treatment, as well as medium and longer-term therapy to adults. Services are offered in English.

My therapeutic approach:

Psychotherapy is a very personal experience and I focus on creating a warm, safe and supportive environment. Therapy is often entered into after a difficulty has become impossible to manage on one’s own at this point, one often feels overwhelmed and stuck. 

Therapy aims to alleviate this distress by working through the problem. This involves talking about it, bringing past experiences that may be influencing the problem into present awareness, analysing them, developing fresh insights, and effecting change. Exploring internal conflicts, thinking and feeling patterns, and relationship dynamics also help in becoming unstuck and contribute to a greater sense of agency and achievement. Overall, therapy improves our ability to move in the world more seamlessly and effectively.

In terms of my theoretical framework, I primarily draw from psychodynamic theory. This understands the interaction of various conscious and unconscious mental and emotional processes to influence personality, behavior, and attitudes. 

Although working from a psychodynamic perspective, I do include other approaches if required. For example, OCD responds well to CBT with exposure and response prevention.

My areas of interest include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Doubt
  • Loneliness
  • Despair
  • Anger
  • Betrayal
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Trauma
  • Obsessions
  • Compulsions
  • Impulsivity

My qualifications:

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2005. I also hold a doctorate of Psychology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa). I am licensed as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Dubai Health Authority.  

I have worked in private practice and as an external consultant at a number of clinics for the last 15 years. My client base includes a broad range of nationalities and a wide range of psychological difficulties.