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

Clinical Psychologist
Individual short, medium, and long-term psychotherapy with adults. Services 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, and developing fresh insights. 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.

I primarily draw from psychodynamic theory. This is an in-depth form of talk-therapy where you are encouraged to speak freely about anything that comes to mind, including current issues, thoughts, feelings, fears, and dreams. Although working from a psychodynamic perspective, I do include other approaches when necessary. For example, obsessive thinking responds well to cognitive behavioural therapy.

My areas of interest include:

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

My qualifications:
I was born to an English mother and a French father in Cape Town, South Africa. I 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 with the Dubai Health Authority. I have worked at various psychiatric hospitals, including Crescent Clinic and Akeso Kenilworth Clinic in South Africa, while maintaining a private practice, since 2006. My client base has included a diverse population and a wide range of presenting problems.