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Miss Juandri Buitendag
Miss Juandri Buitendag
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Health Care and Professional Council: PYL35804

LANGUAGES

english, afrikaans

About

As a Counselling Psychologist I am passionate about the work I do and the people I see. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients, finding understanding of their difficulties from their perspective, so that I can tailor therapy treatment to suit each unique individual. No one shoe fits all in therapy! 

I believe that we all come across difficulties during our lives, but that if we collaborate to tailor therapy to your individual needs, you will develop a greater understanding of your inner world, and we can create a personal road-map for you which will show you the way forward, so you can overcome the challenges you face in the outside world.

I do truly want clients to have a fulfilled life and not to have to be in therapy longer than needed. I also understand the financial demands of our day and age and as such I like to practice mainly within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework (which is generally shorter-term therapy with sustainable change). I am also trained in psychodynamic and mindfulness-based approaches and do not always use CBT as a stand alone treatment but integrated with other treatments. As my client in our therapeutic alliance, I think you deserve an expert service and as such will work with you in understanding your thoughts and related behaviours. As a naturally empathetic person, I empathise with the constraints of our lives and the difficulties we all face, and try to find techniques, skills and tools that fit with your strengths in helping you overcome difficulty and supporting you through any future trigger events.

As with GP’s, when we walk into our appointment, we trust that the GP is an expert in their field and that we would like to walk out with a clear indication of our problems, what medication to take, how many times a day etc. My hope is that I could give you the same type of service. I see my integrated approach as somewhat of an educational process, and as such will develop with you a series of skills, insights, and strategies that you can apply in your current situation and any future reoccurrences. As an expert in the field I would like to be able to give you the tools from my toolkit so that you can go out into the world and work on any problem areas that may come up in your sessions to not only improve your thoughts, but your behaviours and feelings and in the grand scheme of things, your quality of life.

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Special Interests

Depression

Anxiety

Emotional problems

Relationship difficulties

Couples therapy

Work-related stress

Emotional difficulties 

Stress management

Adjustment difficulties

Burnout

Bereavement/loss

Emotional regulation

Behaviour modification

Low self-esteem

Couples & Relationship counselling

Personality difficulties

Trauma debriefing

Education

I am a Counselling Psychologist in Private Practice in London, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have a Master’s degree in Community-Based Counselling psychology from the University of Witwatersrand with diverse experience in psychiatric wards and community settings in the public sector, as well as in outpatient settings in private practice, for clients with short-term and long-term difficulties. I have worked with children, and adolescents as well as adults, in one-to-one, couples, group and family therapy settings. My approach is founded on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Theory.

Qualifications:

BSC in Psychology and Criminology

BSC Honours in Psychology 

MA in Counselling Psychology 

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Juandri was excellent support and a great therapist. She helped me understand why I felt the way I did and how to work through the emotional challenges I had. She is warm and has a very personable approach. I could not recommended her more
Patient seen for:StressPanic DisorderCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Adjustment Disorder
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19-08-2019
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Therapy isn't an easy process to go through, but with Juandri it was so much easier than I know it could have been, having tried with others before. I have so much gratitude for the journey I went through with Juandri, and I know one of the main reasons I’ve got to where I am is because I felt safe from judgement, and genuinely comfortable with her. You get more out of therapy, the more you share, so even if it takes a little longer, finding the right therapist and one you can openly share with is uncompromisable in my opinion. I loved how practical our sessions were. Although we dived into past memories, Juandri never left me stuck there. There was always a reason for revisiting it and I found it refreshing to have her remind me to think about how we apply that bit of self-knowledge to the present. Juandri helped demystify what can be a daunting and scary world of labels and diagnoses by putting it into plain English and also warning that psychologists can sometimes 'dramatise' things. As we got deeper into what the core issue was, I always felt like she would be there in our sessions to help me through it.
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03-08-2019
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Never once felt uncomfortable. Very nice, warm and comforting, yet still proactive and constantly pushing me to do better. Felt like I had a psychologist and coach all in one.
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17-07-2019
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Good experience of therapy. I have a renewed sense of motivation and love for life. I not only understand myself more deeply but also feel confident to cope with anything that may come up again in the future.
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15-07-2019
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Overall experience of therapy was really difficult and is not a reflection on Juandri. One of the things that immediately made me like her was that she was brutally honest about the therapy process and that it is not always easy. I can finally say that I have made it to the other side of therapy, I attribute this to help from Juandri. But as she always made clear, 80% of the work lies with yourself and what you do outside therapy - that was the hard part. If I ever have to do therapy again, I'd choose her again.
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25-06-2019
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I just started with Juandri. Love the therapy rooms, very light, bright and clean! My experience with her so far has been wonderful - I look forward to continuing my therapy, I feel comfortable knowing I will be seeing her.
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24-06-2019
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It was her explanation of what I was going through and the fact that she was always open with me about what I was going through that I think helped me form an understanding that I now use in all other situations when I seem to struggle. I think it also helps knowing that she is always just an email or text away.
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19-06-2019
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Juandri really was amazing and helped me get through a very hard period in my life. I will forever be grateful.
Patient seen for:DepressionAnxiety
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18-06-2019
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I've gone through CBT with Juandri and it was very effective. Helped with my anxiety and negative thoughts. The CBT model was helpful in understanding my cognition and how they have been affecting my emotions and causing a lot of stress.
Patient seen for:Stress & Anxiety
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23-05-2019
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I have only seen Juandri for one session. She got back to me very quickly and was very helpful in calming me down. If it was not for the fact that she is too far away, I would of continued to see her. Instead she helped me find another psychologist and also helped me by writing a referral letter so that I could get insurance to approve sessions. Highly professional and great support and experience!
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08-05-2019
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Juandri is very friendly and easy to talk to. She always helped me when I had ridiculous hours and would help me when I was struggling inbetween sessions. I understand that she is my psychologist but I feel like she truly cares about me. It is a connection that I have not found before. Juandri was the third psychologist I tried and honestly just won me over. Up until now I have been for 4 sessions and have gained a sense of self awareness that I have not had before. I have already advised everyone who talks to me to go see her. I will be back to leave a review after my therapy process, and for once, feeling excited and hopeful towards by path and future.
Patient seen for:Depression
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08-05-2019
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I came to Juandri a couple of months ago, after years of therapy it was a surprise to me to be told that she didn't want me in therapy forever. She seemed to think that we could work through problems that I have had my entire life long and that I wouldn't HAVE to be in therapy for forever. I was apprehensive To say the least. But I am happy to say I am now officially done with my therapy. I have worked through layers of problems that I didn’t know could have solutions, and I have a new found confidence that if any of these ever came up again, that I not only have the “tools” (as she calls them) to work through them, but that I now have the ability and awareness to understand my triggers and would be able to cope with them. I also know that should anything new ever arise, that I can always approach her for help.
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15-04-2019
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I just started seeing Juandri, so far so good. Very approachable and easy to talk to. Very comforting.
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05-04-2019
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I am currently seeing Juandri to help me with anxiety, so far I have been very impressed. Juandri’s approach to treatment is tailored to the individual and what she skillfully perceives to be the key issues, rather than trying to apply a generic one size fits all approach as some therapists do. Juandri is personable and professional. She provides sessions in a comfortable, professional and conveniently located setting.
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25-03-2019
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Juandri is the best therapist I have seen. I was referred to Juandri after an episode of anxiety and depression after a series of repeated relationships ship problems and hitting a point in my career where I wanted a complete change. Juandri has helped me piece together why I am stuck in relationship patterns and the circumstances surrounding my career choices which have made me unhappy. Juandri is always recommending amazing books and things to read online, which are always exactly on point in relation to my circumstances. I had tried two other therapists prior to Juandri but never stuck with them due to feeling they were not truly engaged or understood my issues, Juandri has changed that! She has been totally flexible in terms of fitting around my schedule and would rather re-schedule an appointment than see me for the sake of it. I would recommend Juandri to anyone looking for some guidance in terms of relationships, career changes, dealing with childhood trauma and self esteem issues. Juandri goes above and beyond outside of our sessions and will send me relevant information as and when she comes across new material which may help me. am really looking forward to continuing my journey with her!
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25-03-2019
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Hi Juandri, thank you for the session yesterday. I thought about what you said and how you explained the ABC model to me, no one has ever put it into perspective for me like this before, and I have also read the articles you sent me and it really resonated with me. For once I am feeling optimistic about therapy and I feel like we got further in one sesseion than I ever have in my therapy before
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18-03-2019
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Easy to talk to and non-judgemental
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18-03-2019
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I thought you were young, but wow you really proved to me that despite the age, you are SO good at what you do. You helped me through the most difficult time in my life and I will forever be grateful to you
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18-03-2019
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Settled my anxiety and made me feel confident that if feelings like I was experiencing then return, I can deal with them
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18-03-2019
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I was very apprehensive about therapy however, Juandri made me feel very comfortable immediately. She changed my view on mental health and psychology. She helped me through one of the most confusing and difficult phases of my life. She was a constant empathetic presence, she would check on me when I felt too low to show up to therapy and she helped me understand my emotions and behaviours and left me with better coping behaviours. If ever something came up again I would feel comfortable to know I have enough understand to deal with my difficulties, but if not, I would choose to go back to her. Thank you for making my story feel heard and understood.
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16-03-2019
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