Registered Psychological Counsellor in Cape Town
Deon Binneman is a qualified registered (psychological) counsellor who operates from his practice in the Western Cape. He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as an Honours BA (Clinical and Counselling) Degree and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa.
Deon’s experience as a psychological counsellor is varied, and since 2001, his work has become more focused on different types of therapy and counselling, such as addiction therapy and marriage counselling. For a number of years, he was responsible for the pastoral or therapeutic aspect of work in a Christian church. He provided appropriate care for the psychological and emotional needs across the full spectrum of the congregation, focusing on marriage counselling.
He has conducted therapy sessions at a rehabilitation centre in Port Elizabeth and has also been involved with the Christian Action for Dependence (CAD) for many years. During 2012, he performed volunteer work for SANCA (South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) at their Durbanville In-Patient Treatment Centre in Cape Town.
He often employs the principles of what is known as Narrative Therapy. Narrative therapy involves a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling that does not impose the therapist’s value system on the client. It treats people as being the experts on their own lives. It acknowledges that they have the skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them in changing their behaviour in response to problematic areas that detract from a healthy quality of life.