Sandra Brownrigg

Clinical Psychologist with special interest in Couples, Adolescent and Adult Concerns

Sandra BrownriggClinical Psychologist (Specialising in Couples Counselling, Adult Issues and Adolescent Struggles)

Sandra Graduated with her Masters in clinical psychology in 2004 from the University of Pretoria.

She has worked at Sterkfontein Psychiatric hospital for 1 year in the Male ward and the Forensic unit where she was part of the multi-disciplinary team which dealt with assessing and planning of patient's treatment. The team included social workers, nurses, psychiatrists and a psychologist. Sandra conducted individual and group therapy as well as working with the families to allow for better integration once the patients were released. Due to this work experience Sandra has extensive knowledge of working with major psychopathologies.

Sandra also worked for one year in Johannesburg Prison, where she assisted with parole assessment, anger management groups, sexual offenders groups and individual therapy. In addition, Sandra also worked in the female Unit (Adult and Juvenile), Awaiting trial, Male unit (Adult and Juvenile), and was involved in all areas of psychological wellbeing.

Thereafter, Sandra went into private practice, working with individuals, couples and adolescents.

Sandra's main area of interest is couples therapy. She especially enjoys using Imago Relationship Therapy which she feels is the most effective technique to use with couples. She trained under Rebecca Sears from the USA in 2007. Imago Relationship Therapy aims to bring couples together when the connection is no longer there, using effective, conscious and authentic communication.

Couples work is her true passion and working together with them in order to develop a clear understanding of each other's needs and wants.

In Sandra's individual work she uses a number of different paradigms. The focus is on the individual and the path that they wish to be on. Sandra assists the client to understand why certain behaviours, actions or thoughts are prevalent in their life and the most effective way to shift them.

Post-Natal Depression is another area that Sandra feels very strongly about. Having suffered with it after her first child she feels a strong draw to assist women to feel more confident and secure in their new roles as mothers.

Couples Counselling

Couples Counselling, Marriage Therapy, Marriage Counselling and Relationship Therapy are all interchangeable terms and are basically the same. These names refer to the process of two individuals in a relationship seeking assistance with difficulties in their "togetherness".

Opening hours

  • 700 - 1200

  • Afternoons by arrangement only

Imago Relationship Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy was created by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt (Harville’s wife). They define it as “a theory and therapy of committed partnership with a focus on marriage/civil partnership.”

I have been using Imago Relationship Therapy as my model of couples therapy for several years now. I have chosen to use it because I love the structure and opportunity for closeness and understanding that it provides the couple.

The importance of communication

The thing about personal growth is that it is a lifelong process. Who we are at the very core of our personalities doesn’t change much, however certain aspects of ourselves, such as our ideas about life, do change as we age.

When we find our ideal partner (the one with whom we will live happily ever after) most of us want things to stay the same, to never change. The thing about marriage is that things do evolve – sometimes for the better, other times for the worse. Ideals adjust as personalities shift.