Tools for Health and Wellness is Designed to enable you to achieve on-going dynamic growth and happiness throughout the course of your life
It unpacks an useful and creative toolbox of techniques and strategies for you to utilize both in every-day situations and also when coping with specific psychological and physical conditions.
These cognitive, behavioural,physiological and emotional coping skills will enable you to conert areas of dissatisfaction in your life into meaningful and self-nurturing lifestyle change. This site will take you on your own unique journey of improved health and happiness, and will add you in a path of self-discovery that will allow you to reach you potential and be all that you wish to be!
Tools for Health and Wellness is owned and written by myself, Emile du Toit. I am a clinical psychologist in private practice at 7 Summerley Road, Kenilworth in Cape Town, South Africa.
After completing my schooling at the Diocesan College I achieved my B.soc.sci at the University of South Africa (UNISA), before finishing my honours in psychology at the University of Cape Town. I then decided to do my masters in clinical psychology at Rhodes University as they were particularly strong in cognitive-behavioural therapy and neuropsychology at the time. I graduated cum laude and completed my internship at Fort England psychiatric hospital and my Community Service year through the military in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
My dissertation as part of my master’s degree was ‘An evaluation of the MMPI-2 using South African pre-trial forensic patients: Prediction of criminal responsibility and assessment of personality characteristics’, and I would very much like to consult with the legal and penal systems some day on how to rearrange resources to benefit correctional services, the prisoners and society.
I worked with adolescents for a while in an inpatient setting, and then in an adult addiction unit. As a cognitive-behavioural therapist I became increasingly interested in stepping outside of a puritanical Minnesota model for addiction treatment and combining cutting edge research under the CBT banner.
Around this time I was head hunted to be director of an inpatient addiction rehab centre in Tulbagh, just outside of Cape Town and spent a year heading this up. After this I started up my own psychotherapy private practice in Kenilworth.
A colleague and I also directed an outpatient drug rehab in Lavender Hill (one of the formerly disadvantaged communities in Cape Town), for around 3 years and it was a truly uplifting experience taking quality addiction theory and treatment to people that so badly needed it!
Somewhere along the line I also was invited to contribute chapters to a book on addiction, Recovery RSA, where I was given license to provide a detailed look at a CBT model of addiction therapy for psychologists in private practice. I examined ‘The science of recovery: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in addiction recovery’, as well as ‘Relapse prevention in recovery’.
I am wildlife fanatic and photography enthusiast, who would spend more time in nature reserves if I could!
I rabidly research pretty much anything, and over the years have spent an increasing amount of time getting better equipped within related health-based fields to be able to help my clients from the perspective of a more holistic model of psychological health.
I currently practice CBT with adults, adolescents and couples with a broad range of issues including the following:
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