I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and HPCSA accredited trainer. I train clinical, counselling and educational psychologists as well as counselors and social workers in a technique called TRAUMATIC Incident Reduction (TIR). I am registered as a TIR trainer with the TIR association of America.
I also give a one-day TIR introductory talk to psychologists. This talk aims at facilitating an epistemological shift in terms of a different perspective on the dynamics of emotional experiences and psychological issues and psychiatric disorders. It promotes a respectful approach to the primary role of trauma in emotional and mental well being.
I have over 17 years of experience in psychotherapy and work over a broad spectrum of psychological issues and symptoms. The way I work in therapy is unique to other psychologists. I come work from a very logical perspective which is reflected in my understanding of how our experiences affect us and the use of memory processing to bring about fast effective and permanent change, reflects this. Read about my experience and theoretical perspective below.
I also provide an online therapy service. Click on the link below to make a Skype therapy appointment.
My professional experience and therapy approach
I qualified as a clinical psychologist through UJ (University of Johannesburg) in December 2004 after my internship year at Sterkfontein psychiatric hospital. This was however merely the start of a long journey of learning and growing as a psychotherapist. This learning journey has taken me on many paths along many routes. Through my quest to discover the most powerful psychotherapy tools out there to bring about optimal growth and relief to those who consult me for help, I endeavoured to train myself in as many different techniques as possible. I am a trained clinical hypnotherapist, I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, LSR (Life Stress Reduction) therapy and TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction) Therapy amongst others. I developed a passion for the study of the impact of our emotional experiences on our mental, emotional, inner, physical and spiritual wellbeing and existence. I began to focus intensely on trauma and how this affects us and I discovered that once we look at the world through the trauma lens we realize that everything is about the impact of emotional experiences.
Through this understanding I discovered that TIR is not only a trauma therapy tool but also an exceptionally powerful psychotherapy tool. I enjoy seeing the relief it brings to my clients. I am also currently working closely together with Yvonne Retief, author and trauma expert.
I am so passionate about this tool that I wrote an article about it which was published in the AMITIRA (American Metapsychology Trauma Incident Reduction Association) in their international newsletter. The article was also published by Loving Healing Press in America as a monograph on Amazon.com.
If you click on the link below, you will find it.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00G2DL9TU/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480077404&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=Susan+Sluiter+looking+through+the+trauma+lens. This article is currently used internationally in TIR workshops and TIR talks.
Also see: http://www.turningthetideoftrauma.org/. I have worked together with Diana Canant from San Francisco, California who has done me the enormous favour of editing my article in 2013. They are currently busy implementing an international community based trauma therapy programme.
I have been asked to be a guest speaker in a few TIR and psychology conferences and TV talk shows.
Although my primary field of interest is trauma and the effects thereof, my experience field is very eclectic. I was involved in the research of Bio-Resonance on the symptoms of HIV and AIDS in rural areas such as Kagiso. We did this for about a year and saw remarkable results. In terms of psychology, I have more than 9 years of experience in family therapy, therapy with children, couples therapy and more severe psychiatric cases as well as in-patient treatment. I have 9 years of experience in applying what we termed our “ADHD Protocol”. This involves a comprehensive battery of tests on children from within a holistic perspective. The purpose of this protocol is to prevent the misdiagnosis of ADHD or ADD and to protect children from wrongfully being placed on medication. I have vast experience in working with any kind of psychological problems and psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, impulse disorders, phobias etc. as well as working with general psychological and relationship issues such as relationship problems, self-esteem problems, states of acute and normal stress, the problems related to being a teenager etc. I do couples therapy, individual therapy and therapy with children.
For me, the biggest reward in doing what I’m doing is seeing the relief psychotherapy brings to my clients and their thank yous are my gifts. I see every individual who come to me for help as a unique culture in their own and in the context of this respect for their uniqueness I work to bring about relief and optimal change for each person and always with the highest respect for what they have been through; their special life stories of where they came from and where they are heading.