martha tladi

Counselling Psychologist in Cape Town

I am a Counselling Psychologist in Cape Town registered with the HPCSA. My practice is based in N1 City Mews, in Goodwood. I completed my undergraduate degree as well as my honours degree at Rhodes University. I then did my Masters Degree at University of Fort Hare, and my internship at University of the Western Cape.

  • BA (Psychology)| Psychology, Legal Theory and Philosophy Majors | Rhodes University.
  • BA Honours (Psychology) | Rhodes University
  • MA (Counselling Psychology) | University of Fort Hare
  • Registered Counselling Psychologist with HPCSA
Martha Tladi

African Perspective

There is a need to recognize our African background and how much our traditions, cultures and various religions influence our daily lives. In my workings with individuals, I combine or alternate between Western and African Approaches in psychology, as often times these are used separately. I prefer to acknowledge both these approaches in therapy and apply each individually or both as indicated by the presenting problem.

This is to attempt to bridge a gap that is formed between African cultures, traditions, religions and mainstream psychology. As individuals we have our own identities. Sometimes our cultures and identities clash. This can create a lot of hurt, stress and broken relationships. Then one needs to start a journey of self-discovery and healing, and shift in life balance. This transition may be challenging to handle and people can suffer from adjustment difficulties. This journey can at times also be traumatic as it comes with learning to be an individual in a society that expects us to adhere to cultural and religious norms. These traumatic experiences can affect the person’s psyche and mental health. Thus, there needs to be a consideration between the African as well as the Western perspective of Psychology in order to assist the client in developing a solid sense of self while at the same time finding where they fit in their respective communities (culture and religion). The adjustment process can at times bring about psychological and emotional distress. Therapy can assist in providing the space for you to express your feelings and thoughts. And make sense of what is happening to you and the lifestyle changes that perhaps need to be made. Thus, I find that sometimes one needs to combine Western and African perspectives of psychology to cater to all South Africans.