While I hold a qualification in social work from the University of Stellenbosch (1982), and have had training in areas such as transactional analysis, self development, marriage counselling and enrichment, trauma counselling, and emotional logic, my most significant training came from walking alongside and deeply sharing in my husband’s walk with depression, as well as that of his mother and our eldest daughter.
I worked as a social worker in two psychiatric hospitals and two prisons. My calling is to practice the trading floor of Isaiah 61:1-3 “He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. To comfort all who mourn. To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” I supported my husband in building his NGO HospiVision that renders pastoral care and counselling to patients, their families and staff at 12 government hospitals. Nursing staff was supported by my Covid-19 program: “Taking 4 steps to regain inner strength.” Through my own journey with grief, I grew in my compassion and understanding of the pain of others.
Any illness or trauma provides a mirror that reflects where we need to adjust our lifestyle or coping mechanisms. Unfortunately, we have become masters at ignoring our emotions and minimising our losses – the death of a dream can be as traumatic as the death of a person. I dreamed of growing old with Andre. That dream has died with him. I step into a new beginning now. A new chapter of my life has started as I move to the sea, which is my happy place. E-motion is energy in motion. I find great joy in helping others to learn how to manage their emotional energy to enjoy better quality of life.
My husband, Andre, was invited to preach at a local church. His topic was “failure to thrive”. It is a disease new born babies are sometimes diagnosed with. They are healthy, they just do not pick up weight or grow. Many of us can resonate with feeling that you are failing to thrive and blossom. Learning how to map your emotional world, open up new insights that offers choices for thriving. Emotional Logic taught me how to become emotionally unstuck and be able to thrive again.