DR BJÖRN OPPER
B.Psych (UP), PGCE (Unisa), M.Ed & PhD Educational Psychology (UP)
I am registered with the HPCSA as an Educational Psychologist and have been in private practice since 2007. I have also worked on a consultant basis at St Albans College in Pretoria for a period of eight years.
Prior to opening my private practice, I worked in Special Needs Education in the UK in 2004, after which I was involved as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Pretoria (2006) and lectured educators for the Department of Distance Education. My doctoral studies were focused on the importance of emotional intelligence and the development of emotional intelligence in our youth.
I have also presented parent guidance talks and workshops on the topic of emotional intelligence, as well as on the challenges of being a parent in the 21st century. In our practice I focus on helping clients to deal more effectively with any emotional and behavioural challenges they may be facing, and on identifying and addressing various barriers to learning. I also offer relevant guidance to parents. I would further describe my approach to psychology as engaging, cooperative and positive.
I especially enjoy connecting with children and teens on their level and am dedicated to helping them to be comfortable and content with who they are, and to finding ways to help them cope with the demands they are faced with on a daily basis.
DR ANCOIS OPPER
B.Psych (UP), M.Ed Educational Psychology (UP) & PhD Psychology (UP)
I am an Educational Psychologist registered with the HPCSA and have been in private practice since 2006. I completed a PhD degree on the topic of bullying, more specifically related to the psychological games that bully victims and bully perpetrators play.
I also implemented an Anti-bullying Programme at a primary school in the east of Pretoria in 2006. I have enjoyed working as a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria, where I was involved in distance education for educators, and have taught both graduate and postgraduate students in Education and Psychology. I have also served as mentor for students completing their master’s studies. I have contributed a chapter to the book From Microscope to Kaleidoscope and write informal articles for a local magazine on an ad hoc basis. Articles I have contributed to dealt with topics such as bullying, strong-willed children and parent-child attachments. I have also presented parent guidance workshops on ‘Parenting in the 21st Century’, ‘Bullying’ and ‘Children with Healthy Boundaries’.
It is, however, in private practice that I have the privilege of working with children and teens (and their parents) who seek help with educational, emotional or behavioural issues which they struggle to deal with and which leave them feeling hopeless. It is my passion to help my clients to find ways to effectively deal with their problems and to help them believe that there is always hope.
Duality, in various forms, is one of our greatest strengths. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of this modern, dynamic psychology practice is that we are a husband-and-wife team. We are also proficient in both English and Afrikaans. Building on duality, our ability to reach out to our clients defines our approach – healing cannot be achieved without reach.
Feedback from parents:
“The impact you had in his life and the improvement I saw every time he came from a session was very visible. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
“We would like to compliment you on the professional way in your dealing with XXX and with us and we can see that you're living out your passion and what's more, for us to see a bit of your heart invested too makes all the difference.”
“Thank you so much for the feedback session of yesterday! We actually see the light at the end of the tunnel now:-)”
“Thank you so much for getting all that information to us, and also much appreciation for the kind way you have handled quite a difficult situation.”
“Thank you! XXX is SO much better! He is laughing out of his tummy again! It feels like I have my son back!
Thank you. It means the world!”
“Thank you for all the positive progress made this year. We look forward to achieving more again next year.”
“Thank you very much for all your help and support, we appreciate it a lot. You have done so much for XXX and you have given him so many tools to use for the rest of his life. We cannot thank you enough.”
“Thank you for everything that you have done for XXX and I can assure you the times he has spent in your office means a lot to him. It also gives me a lot of comfort that he has someone to help him clarify his thoughts and work through the stress and anxiety of daily life.”
“Thank you for your quick reaction to my urgent request last week. The school was able to arrange a reader for the remainder of XXX's exams and it made a huge difference for her. You made a BIG difference for her. Thank you.”