Meet Louis Steenkamp – Marriage, Couples And Relationship Counsellor
I am professionally registered in both South Africa and the United States of America as psychological counsellor and marriage and family therapist. While living in the USA, I chose to complete a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counselling (MA. MFTC) degree.
I believe marriage and family relationships have a profound impact on how the individual is shaped as a person and contribute significantly to the level of emotional well-being. With the privilege of learning how to integrate numerous evidence-based theories of counselling and family therapy, I am now able to help people gain a better understanding of themselves and the family system or relationships in which they live and function. Every relationship has more than one side to “the story,” and it is essential to listen and understand each individual accurately before one can work towards personal growth and satisfying relationships.
People get hurt in relationships but they also heal in relationships. Forming a safe relationship with a professional helper where confidentiality and accurate empathy, understanding, and input are all put together forms the climate for change where the client is then able to find solutions for personal problems. People have remarkable abilities to solve their own problems, but those abilities can often be blocked away when depression, contempt, self-criticism, relational conflict, addiction or general life problems such as trauma get in the way. In addition to marriage or couples therapy I have practiced as:
Out-patient therapist and addictions counsellor
Working alongside several psychiatrists and psychologists at the Community Mental Health Centre in Vicksburg, Mississippi (2008-2009) in the process of obtaining the necessary 3500 hours towards professional licensure in the state of Mississippi. Services I rendered included couples therapy, family therapy and parenting, group therapy and individual counselling.
Inpatient therapist at Psychiatric Clinic for Children
Once licensed as a professional counsellor I was employed at MCHS or Mississippi Children’s Home Services in Jackson, Mississippi, an inpatient psychiatric facility for high risk teenagers. at MCHS I worked as a full time therapist, providing individual, group and family therapy for emotionally troubled teenagers and their families.
Employee Wellness Program (EWP) Affiliation
Inpatient counsellor at Clearview Clinic
- Co-dependency for individuals in recovery and family members
- Sobriety counselling after the first phase of recovery
- Individual and family counselling related to substance abuse
- Group therapy for people in recovery
In South Africa I completed an Honours degree in Psychology (HONS BA) and qualified as a Registered Counsellor under the auspices of the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA). In addition to my private/independent practice where I help people as individuals or as members of a system (such as marriage and family systems), I also work at Clearview Clinic in Kameeldrift, Pretoria, where I conduct individual, group and family therapy with clients who experience problems with alcohol and other substance abuse.
We live in a world where families are often broken up and the pace of information processing seems to be getting faster and faster. It is inevitable that our relationships on a spiritual, individual and interpersonal level will undergo some significant challenges. People often drift unintentionally from the principles which keep them grounded and ignore relational problems due to the demands of everyday life. If we wait too long, our relationships can suffer more than we realize. A trained professional and relationship counsellor is an amazing resource to help people get to the bottom of their problems and solve relational difficulties before it is too late. Great relationships involve people who can communicate their needs and expectations to one another and who are willing to put in the hard work of learning how to listen, negotiate and speak for self.
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