LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

We offer psychotherapy, coaching and psychoeducational assessments for children and adults.

Amaechi Nduka-Agwu heads up the Psychology Department at Premier Care Clinic. She offers a range of psychological services, including psychotherapy for all ages (individuals, families and couples) and psychoeducational assessments. Internationally trained in the UK and South Africa, she is registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Counselling Psychologist. Read more about Amaechi here.

To book a consultation, or to find out more about any services, email psych@premiercareclinic.com or call +255 759 968 186.

What can I expect from PSYCHOTHERAPY?

“What would make our time together most useful for you? What are your Best Hopes from therapy or coaching?”

These are typical questions Amaechi will ask you at the beginning of your session. As a solution-oriented therapist, her focus is on recognising strengths, identifying resources and creating a clear picture of your desired future. This does not mean that your problems are ignored, on the contrary! You and Amaechi will work together to figure out the solutions to whatever brought you into the office in the first place. You may be surprised to leave your first session with more hope and clarity than you expected when you first made the appointment.

Amaechi works with adults and children, as well as couples and families.

WHO comes for Psychotherapy?

  1. People seek therapy for different reasons. Many of our younger clients are referred by their schools or healthcare professionals, while most adults are self-referred or find us through the recommendation from a doctor.
  2. However, anyone wishing to discover more about themselves, to improve, change or deal with something in their lives differently can come for therapy. Therapy can be a great way to identify and create the future you prefer, whether it is to deal with painful experiences, unhealthy habits, to cope better with loss, stress or relationship troubles, or as a way back to joy and hope.
  3. Typically sessions last 45 to 60 minutes. The number of sessions varies; some clients reach their desired outcome within a few sessions, others take longer. Each person’s journey is unique and most people experience therapy as a safe space to process, heal and express themselves without judgement.
  4. Therapy can also be healthy and empowering for children and adolescents when dealing with emotional stressors that may impact daily functioning. Stressors may include struggles with self-esteem, dealing with bullying, the need to improve social skills, coping with bereavement, change, peer pressure, anxiety and more.
  5. Here are some common examples of why people seek out Amaechi’s services
    • Sadness
    • Low Mood
    • Anxiety and Worry
    • Life and Work Stress
    • Postnatal Depression
    • Low Self Esteem
    • Life Transitions
    • Relationship Issues
    • Bereavement and Loss
    • Dealing with Adjustment (e.g. in the current pandemic)
    • Living with chronic illness

Do you prescribe MEDICATION?

No, psychologists are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. However, if medication or medical advice is needed, we will refer you to a medical doctor either at Premier Care or outside.  We support and empower our clients to reach their desired mental health and life outcomes through talk therapy and we work closely with your medical doctors when needed.

PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL (SCHOLASTIC) ASSESSMENTS:

  1. What is the purpose of assessments?
  • Psychometric assessments are used to identify strengths and areas of concern relating to a child’s thinking, feeling and development, including school-potential and -barriers, as well as career interests.
  • Corporate and team assessments give insight into team dynamics and can contribute to creating high-performance environments, reducing conflict and improving communication.
  1. What assessments do you offer?

CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS

  1. We offer comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents. These are usually referred by their schools or parents, who have noticed the child struggling with certain aspects of learning, such as
    • Low motivation
    • Difficulty reading, spelling, or understanding what was read
    • Struggles with focussing and concentration
    • Disorganisation (constantly losing things, forgetting homework, getting distracted)
  1. Assessments are often made to identify
    • Specific Learning Disorders (e.g. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia)
    • Attention-Regulation and Executive Functioning Problems (e.g. ADHD)
    • Giftedness and Twice Exceptional Learners (gifted with a learning disorder)
    • Evaluations for “slow learners” to identify barriers to learning
  1. The results of the assessment allow the psychologist to make recommendations for accommodations and modifications to be made at school. Typical examples include
    • Extra time
    • Modified instructions
    • Use of supportive technology (e.g. recording device, dictionary, calculator)
    • Preferential seating
    • Permission to type instead of write (for dysgraphia or fine motor challenges)

ADULTS

  1. Cognitive assessments for adults (Intellectual ability, Working Memory, Processing Speed)
  2. ADHD
  3. Mental health consultations and evaluations are a typical part of our consultations. If you would like to check a specific mental health concern, feel free to contact us to discuss.

Other/Corporate Services

If you are interested in our corporate services, including individual and team assessments, training and executive coaching, please send an email with your inquiry to amaechi(at)premiercareclinic.com or anel.vdwalt(at)premiercareclinic.com.