Services offered


I am a licensed counselling psychologist, registered with the HPCSA and working in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I work in an insight-oriented and solutions-oriented approach to managing difficulties relating to depression, couple relationships,  anxiety, work-related issues and addiction. My services are available in person and via Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom, Viber or any other online communication medium of your choice.


I aim to ensure that therapy can be a safe space in which to more consciously understand the relationship between what we feel, think and do in order to make decisions that are congruent and sustainable, and that give us a more lasting and deeper sense of meaning. 


Professional interests


Since 2000, I have been providing psychotherapy to individuals and groups to deal with a wide range of difficulties. Special areas of interest include depression, anxiety difficulties, addiction, couple relationships and the complexities of navigating an increasingly time-urgent, myopic and pressured world.  


Increasingly, I provide internet-based counselling services to a wide range of clients around the globe (http://www.onlinecounselling.co.za



Between 2000 and 206, I cofounded, and served as the editor of, New Therapist magazine (http://www.newtherapist.com), an international magazine for psychotherapists, providing essential support to therapists around the world who are interested in ensuring that they provide a thoroughly informed, sustainable, ethical and effective service to their clients. 


Corporate and online services


Since 2000, I have designed and implemented wellness and psychological services to corporate and organisational clients through employee assistance providers. To date, these services have been used by over 200,000 members of the South African workforce. 


Guiding principles


I regard integrity in our most important relationships as central to our overall health and find much satisfaction helping couples to become more real and engaged with one another when those relationships feel most under threat. I  have a strong interest in how our behaviours in daily life subtly, but powerfully, influence our overall sense of wellbeing and in how we can make changes to these to tip the balance towards increasingly engaged and confident ways of being in our home and work lives. 


As my own age marches relentlessly onwards, I am increasingly interested in how we seek meaning that goes beyond simply making a living, raising a family and being a respectable citizen. I see creativity as an essential component of psychological health and enjoy exploring with my clients where that can be most meaningfully nurtured. I also pursue a range of creative pursuits that I believe are central to my own sanity.


I have worked for many years in helping people who are struggling with one or another kind of addiction, both as inpatients and as outpatients. I believe that addiction is often an attempt (albeit misguided) to soothe unmanageable emotions and that recovery is about finding more sustainable ways to deal with the emotional distress, gain insight into the dynamics of the addiction and chart a path towards dedicated commitment to taking the long road home. 


I am becoming more distressed by the larger forces of societal change and how they are impacting how we relate to one another. The pervasiveness of digital technology, profit-obsessed enterprises built on an impossible belief in endless expansion, and a growing assumption the world over that instant gratification trumps sustainable progress, are all tendencies that I believe make it difficult for us to preserve integrity in our relationships, a healthy relationship with our planet and our own sense of purpose in life. I enjoy working with clients who are navigating a way of being in the world that pays greater heed to our human connectedness that has kept us going for millennia than to the short-term securities that modern life encourages us to prioritise. 

Contact me


To chat about a consultation or make an appointment, please contact me on:


Telephone: 082 799 3471


To book an online consultation, please email me directly or, for more information, go to:


http://www.onlinecounselling.co.za


Email: johnsoderlund@me.com

John Soderlund - Psychologist