Ilse Robbertse - Clinical Psychologist Parkhurst, Johannesburg Profile photo
Hello, welcome to my website. You can find out about my areas of focus, experience and a little about me, on this site.

Please feel free to contact me to chat about any queries, to discuss costs and availability, or to set up a session.

What I believe about therapy:

  • Therapy is a relationship. It usually takes a few sessions to become familiar with one another, and for you to be sure that the fit between us is right. I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of therapy.
  • Therapy can benefit most of us. We all have a past, a present and a future, and at some point we all face difficulties. We are also all human, and humanness comes with stressors, complexities and illnesses that we don’t always have the tools to work through.
  • Therapy takes work and it can be an uncomfortable journey. Things may feel worse for a while before they get better. People find therapy most beneficial when they are open and committed to the process, even if they are unsure or feel hopeless.
  • Crisis can be the context for change! Often life’s most difficult and stressful experiences empower us to confront, grapple and shift aspects of our self and our relationships.

I love mimes and quotes. These are some of my current favorites:

“Be kind, everyone you know is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” (Unknown)

“An old man told his grandson, ‘My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is good, joy, peace, love, hope humility, kindness, empathy and truth.’ The boy thought about it and asked, ‘Grandfather, which wolf wins?’ The old man replied, ‘The one you feed’.” (Unknown)

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” (Buddha)

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” (Madiba)

“You are not stuck. You’re just committed to certain patterns of behaviour because they helped you in the past. Now those behaviours have become more harmful than helpful. The reason why you can’t move forward is because you are applying an old formula to a new level in your life. Change the formula to get a different result.” (Emily Maroutian)