We open the doors of Perception and you walk in

Magic is everywhere.
In order to SEE it and the effects it has on your life, you need to change the way you PERCEIVE.
In order to HARNESS it, you need to change the way you INTERACT with the energies around you.
In order to KNOW it, you need to change the way you THINK.

What do we do?

In our psychotherapy practice for Conscious Living*, we offer you Assisted Self Discovery*. The basic tenets are changing Perspective and Perception. It’s about commitment to change, wanting to change and giving yourself permission to do so: to let go of the old.

Who are we?

‘“Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation.’ – Lewis Carroll

We are Dr Jana Lazarus and Ms Miranda Wannenburgh, a Clinical Psychologist and Applied Psychology Counsellor in Cape Town and the Southern Suburbs, Southern Peninsula, South Africa – and online all over the world!

Integrative Counsellors who use a variety of approaches – Psychodynamic Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Person-Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis, Psycho-Education, Skills Training and the 12 Step Recovery Program.

We specialise in individual counselling, family work, couple counselling, premarital counselling, and preparation for parenthood, inner child work for adults, addiction, codependence and recovery, trauma, bereavement, sexual abuse, self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

What are Conscious Living* and Assisted Self Discovery*?

It’s about learning from daily life experiences:

  • What causes us to self-sabotage, be addicted, anxious and depressed.
  • How we can change using a variety of different practical tools and techniques.
  • Who we are and how we can navigate and manage ourselves and our interpersonal relationships.

Psycho-education and skills training are about learning a new language with which to navigate through life.

Our Blog offers a variety of articles that can help you in different ways:

Tools and Techniques – Will help you identify when you feel overwhelmed and ‘want to run’ or ‘blow a gasket’ when a calm measured approach would help you better manage your feelings and your situation.

Food for Thought – Will stimulate you to ‘see life’s challenges in a new light’. Our series ‘Change Matters Goes to the Movies’ is a fun way of doing this.

The Data Bank – Will inform you about our different approaches, some of them unique, that we have developed in our practice over time.

Tools and Techniques

Developing your Inner Observer, Part 1 – Identifying

Developing your Inner Observer, Part 1 – Identifying

Gathering information is vital for us all in our survival on the planet. It helps us to decide what is safe or harmful. It protects us by getting us to behave instinctively. It also helps us socially connect, fit in and engenders a sense of belonging. In the...

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Food for Thought

The Whole Truth: The Matrix of Self-discovery

The Whole Truth: The Matrix of Self-discovery

I love the film The Matrix, because of the clarity and simplicity of its symbols. I find it a useful way to think about how psychotherapy can bring about transformation. The change process is, crucially, a shift in perception, stemming from a serious willingness to...

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The Data Bank

How Assisted Self Discovery Works at Change Matters

How Assisted Self Discovery Works at Change Matters

As business people one of the things we focus on is success – obtaining it, growing it, maintaining it or hanging on to it. We are all here today because of success. Each of us is successful. And, if I asked you, what does success mean for you, you would all probably...

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Is this for me?

Yes, if you are ready to do the work to change what you do not like in your life. Your own beliefs, behaviours and choices are, after all, you have control over (we can’t change other people). You may feel you need counselling, advice, or couples therapy. You may be lacking in zest and energy and not sure why. You may have a lot of conflict with friends and family. You may have tried different therapies without getting the kinds of real results you want. You may not be sure of your direction in life, or you may just be in pain.

‘If you want to predict the future you must create it.’ – Anon

‘Everybody on earth is seeking happiness.’ – The Dalai Lama

Our commitment to you

We believe in what we do because we have applied it in our own lives to good effect. We offer affordable rates and work in a time-efficient, evidence-based, solution-focused way so that you do not spend years talking without healing.

We look forward to assisting you on your journey. Our website is here to support and encourage you.

Remember, happiness is your birthright.

‘What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson