Welcome

Is your child struggling to identify and integrate the coping skills necessary for their social, emotional and scholastic development? Are there regular tantrums, ‘meltdowns’, acts of defiance and opposition – both at home and at school? Has there been increased avoidance of school and schoolwork, complaints about behaviour from teachers, family and friends? Does your child struggle to concentrate, to follow instructions, to control their impulses and behaviours? Has there been a sudden or gradual change in your child’s mood and behaviour, and/or their academic performance? Are you a parent or educator seeking guidance and support in the regulation, discipline, and management of a dysregulated and disenchanted youth?

Welcome to Mind-the-Gap
Each and every one of you is invited to navigate your way through the various services and events on offer. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.
Stay Safe,
Jessica

About

For the past 14 years, I have had the opportunity to provide my services as a remedial facilitator, school counsellor, educator and psychologist to various stakeholders in both the private and public education sectors. I have been fortunate during this time to have interacted with learners, parents, educators, principals, support and district staff – in various settings, across a multitude of contexts. And with each interaction, the same theme has continued to emerge: Every Child Can Learn. Despite the pain, difficulty and resistance that so many young people bear at the start of their journey, when provided with the right conditions, they are able to demonstrate the most remarkable resilience, determination and tenacity – and ultimately make the neural connections required for learning and development. And it is this growth, this ultimate bridging of gaps, that drives my passion for the work that I do.

Services

● Learning Support ● Psychotherapeutic Support ● Psycho-educational / scholastic assessment ● Career guidance ● Assessment accommodations and concessions ● Parental/Caregiver Support and Guidance ● Educator/School Staff Training

Specialties

In recent years, my psychotherapeutic focus has shifted primarily to the framework and teachings of educational neuroscience and traumatology. It is through this lens that one reframes the way we look at our children. Instead of asking ‘What is wrong with this child?’ We ask: ‘What happened to this child?’, thereby moving away from labels and diagnoses, and shifting our attention instead to healthy emotional- regulation techniques, coping and problem-solving strategies. This is the foundation of my therapeutic intervention, within which I integrate various psychotherapeutic techniques, such as: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT).

Throughout this process, support is provided ‘wholistically’ i.e. primary caretakers and key role players, such as parents, teachers, and guardians, are guided and supported alongside the child – in order to ensure a secure, regulated and grounded experience for all.

Issues

ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Chronic Impulsivity, Coping Skills, Emotional Disturbance, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Stress

Client Focus

Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
Children (6 to 10)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

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Contact

Jessica Wasserman

Psychologist, MA, HPCSA – Ed. Psych

Additional Credentials Certificate: Chaitanya School of Yoga – Yoga Teacher Training – 2020

Location

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