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Maja Kwiatkowski

Maja Kwiatkowski

I am a clinical psychologist at Nurture Harmony Addictions Clinic in Cape Town. I provide individual therapy, family therapy, and facilitate group work with a focus on psychoeducation (re: brain-behaviour relationships) and DBT skills. My perspective on addiction stems from the Minnesota Alternatives Model, guided by the work of Paula DeSanto, Gabor Mate, and Marc Lewis.


Professional Details

  • Title:
    Clinical Psychologist
  • Location:
    Nurture Harmony Clinic
  • Qualifications:
    Honours, Industrial Psychology (UCT) Honours, Clinical Psychology (UCT) MA Clinical Neuropsychology (UCT) MA Clinical Psychology & Community Counselling (SU)
  • Areas of interest:
    I practice from an integrative psychodynamic framework (influenced largely by intersubjectivity, attachment theory and object relations theory). Although my theoretical orientation is predominantly psychodynamic, I also incorporate mindfulness-based principles (and the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn), which emphasise awareness, compassion, and acceptance. The approach I take is guided by each individual client's expressed difficulties, needs, and resources; however, ultimately, I believe that without the therapeutic relationship there can be no effective or meaningful therapy (theory offers a lens, but the relationship is key). My hope is to provide an experience in which clients feel heard and acknowledged, a space where hurts and hopes are collaboratively explored with kindness and curiosity. My areas of interest are broad and include: stress and anxiety, mood disorders, addiction, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, grief and bereavement, and chronic illness (specifically, the interplay between physical and emotional health). With a background in Neuropsychology, drawing heavily on developmental psychology, I also have a special interest in working with children, families, and adults affected by neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions. I view associated challenges as occurring within a system, and so my aim is to facilitate a therapeutic space where identified issues are understood and responded to holistically.
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Contact Details

  • Country
    South Africa
  • Mobile


About the CTPSPG

The Cape Town Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Group (CTPSPG) is an association devoted to the advancement of the theoretical and practical understanding and development of Self Psychology among therapists, their clients and members of the general public.

CTPSPG is registered as a Nonprofit Organisation; registration number 050-946 NPO.


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