WELCOME TO COUNSELLING YOU
I am a Psychological Counsellor in Cape Town with special interests in depression, anxiety and treating trauma, low self-esteem and managing stress. My particular area of scope is with young adults struggling to launch, adults and children with ADHD and assisting parents in managing their ADHD children. I also assist with co-dependency and boundaries counselling. I prefer to work within an integrative framework, to fit with individual clients’ needs. I am experienced in both short and long-term therapy, and work with varying models and practise of therapy.
My specific genres of Therapy
- Stress & Anxiety
- Young adults struggling to launch
- Low self-esteem
- Motivational Coaching
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children & adults
- Guiding parents through managing ADHD in their children
- Co-dependency & Boundaries
When I look at people, I see them differently. When they speak, I hear their hearts. I am able to do this because I’ve walked their paths. There are equal amounts of sad and wonderful stories I carry around. The good I hold dear to my heart. With the sad, I do all I can to turn into good. This intuition I have isn’t good enough to keep to myself, so once upon a time I sent myself off to college and learned the rest of the pieces to try and put the great puzzle of life together.
What came out of that were a few self-written books, a deep insight for the struggles in people, an amazing practice that I run from a beautiful space in my home and wisdom that I wish to share.
My experience in conducting therapy over the years has deepened not only my sense to remove at least some of the pain of the world, but to turn that pain into peace.
ME & MY PRACTICE MORE IN DEPTH
A life changing event triggered me to begin studying way after I was married and had children. My daughter was finishing matric while my son was beginning High School. I was beginning to feel the slight twinges of empty nest syndrome once my daughter was off to college. Having had my children at quite a young age, I kind of looked into my own crystal ball which reflected not much happening in a future that seemed to be running towards me and realised that I would still have many years left under my belt to be productive (if God spared me).
By this time I had experienced quite the journey of life and felt I’d always carried with me a special kind of 6th sense inside the hearts of people. I resonated with many stories that were being told to me, as I’d myself experienced the same or similar events. When I took a new look at myself while on the precipice of considering college, I saw an opportunity to bond this perception I felt with the escapades of my life and share the gems I’d learned in overcoming.
Little did I know that an amazing new journey would soon be discovered. I completed my Interpersonal Skills & Counselling Training at the South African College of Applied Psychology who then facilitated my internship at a prominent Cape Town High School.”
That internship led to a job offer as a school counsellor which I gladly took on. After 3 wonderful years, I decided to move on and open my own practice, giving me more flexibility to travel with my husband, which is our favourite hobby. Whilst practising, I again went back to college, this time Cornerstone Institute where I added Theology to my Psychology Degree to get an even deeper understanding of the human psyche. I absolutely loved studying and was quite sad when it was all over. At one point I almost took it further, but then decided to fully focus on what I was doing best, and that was conducting therapy for people in need. I had to weigh up another 2 years of study to get to the next wrung of the ladder or help some people now.
I support people who have been traumatised, because I know what it feels like to be traumatised. I help people who don’t know how to manage their stress or anxiety, because I’ve been there and have overcome it. I am able to help people with ADHD because many of my family members have this condition. I can see the pain inside people who on the outside appear to be having the time of their lives, because I was once that person.
I am a proud wife and mother of 2 wonderful adult children and nana to a gorgeous grand-daughter who is the little light of my life. I love what I do and hope to meet you soon!”
Southern Suburbs in Cape Town, ZA
Individuals, couples & group therapy
Safe and confidential space to reflect on your thoughts
“Shannon has truly helped and guided me through one of my darkest times. The patience and care is unmatched. Without her help I am not sure I would be where I am today. She truly saved my life”.
“15 long, hard, frustrating and seemingly endless years after being diagnosed bi-polar and exploring a multitude of treatments, meds, clinics and therapists I met Shannon and she pretty much saved my life!”
“If you want a therapist who genuinely takes an interest in you, your struggles and your life, Shannon is extraordinary!”
“Shannon was a dedicated counsellor. Her commitment to Norman Henshilwood High School, in general, and to the many children she counselled during her employment at the school, in particular, is testament to a woman who places service above self.”
“Shannon has a high EQ and stays calm in all situations. She is able to take a step back and reflect on the environment that frames her work life.”
“I have had the chance to get to know Shannon Pluke, and I can say without a doubt that she is a person with high professional ethics and of excellent moral character. Shannon operates with integrity, self-discipline and industry.”
“On a personal level, Shannon is a wonderful human being. Both the staff and the children loved her, both for her firmness and her friendliness. I have no doubts about Shannon’s abilities to succeed in the future in a counselling post. I recommend her without hesitation.” David J Millar (Office of the Director/Metro North Education District/Western Cape Government).