Welcome!

Starting therapy can be a key step towards a life of less emotional pain and more joy. I aim to provide you with a sense of unconditional support on this courageous journey. My approach involves helping you to understand yourself better, as well as to develop practical tools to respond to life’s challenges with greater ease and flexibility. I provide both brief- and long-term therapy for adults.

 
 

About my training

I started my journey as a psychologist by completing Bachelor's, Honours, and Master's degrees at UCT. I then moved to the US to pursue doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology at the State University of New York in Albany.

 

My clinical training included placements in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health, university counselling, inpatient psychiatric care, and neuropsychological rehabilitation. My Ph.D. research focused on how mindfulness practice, which has been an integral part of my life for over 10 years, can be of benefit to the therapeutic process. I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Utah Counselling Center in Salt Lake City. After finishing my Ph.D., I obtained licensure and continued to work as a psychologist in the state of Utah. 

I moved back to South Africa in 2018 and am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. After so many years overseas, I am thrilled to be home!

 

About my approach

My approach is holistic, meaning that I have a deep appreciation for how multiple dimensions of your life (physical, emotional, spiritual and social, to name a few) intersect to influence your overall well-being. In line with this, I often integrate mindfulness skills into the therapy process. I also take a strengths-based approach, which includes focusing not just on what you’re struggling with, but also on your infinite resilience.

I aim to provide a safe therapeutic space where we can clarify what’s truly important to you and understand how past experiences impact present behaviour. We develop tools to work with painful emotions, so that trauma and difficulty is transformed into unique strength and personal growth.
 

My areas of specialty include adjustment, life transitions, identity development, as well as support in managing stress, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties.  I draw from a range of therapeutic traditions, including:

  • Integrative Multitheoretical Psychotherapy 

  • Client-centered Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 

 

CONTACT

064 914 8695

7 LUTON ST, VREDEHOEK

info@drmariannestone.com

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