About Me

Lydia-Anne Carstens is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She completed a Baccalaureus and Honours Degree in Psychology at Stellenbosch University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Free State. Her Master’s dissertation focused on the Psychosocial Protective Factors in the Lives of Victims of Involuntary Prostitution (Human Trafficking).

After her studies, she successfully completed her internship at 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg, Cape Town. There she provided out-patient and in-patient psychotherapy and psychometric assessment services to military members, veterans and their immediate families. Following her internship, Lydia-Anne completed her Community Service at Kimberley Hospital Complex. There she provided psychotherapy and psychometric assessment services to in-patients in Kimberley Hospital Complex and out-patients in the Frances Baard, Kgalagadi and Pixley Ka Seme Districts of the Northern Cape.

Lydia-Anne currently works in private practice in Durbanville, Cape Town. She follows an integrative approach to psychotherapy, which means that her therapeutic approach and techniques are tailored to the individual client and their presenting problem. Lydia-Anne has experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. Her clinical experience includes: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, emotional and behavioural disorders in childhood and adolescence (ADHD, Enuresis and Encopresis, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder), trauma, physical and sexual abuse, relational problems (marital and parent-child), adjustment to medical conditions and other adjustment difficulties (divorce and grief/bereavement).

Lydia-Anne has an interest in working with children and adolescents.