Renee Shearing | Addictions, eating disorder, trauma, TRE provider

Occupational Therapist

Treatment Approach:

I assist my clients to move towards their own life goals.

I offer an honest, grounded and practical approach to dealing with problems.

I provide an opportunity for my clients to explore their difficulties and to find harmonious and workable solutions, in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

I encourage my clients to recognize their skills and strengths so as to develop their self worth and self esteem.

My focus is on developing and enhancing the skills necessary to achieve goals, such as:

  • emotional tolerance, regulation and management

  • conflict management

  • interpersonal skills and relationship management

  • understanding and setting appropriate boundaries

  • stress management.

  • self love
I encourage my clients to develop self- compassion and love without collapsing into a victim mentality. Our focus on the "here and now" and moving from a position of dependence and "stuckness" to a position of independence and a sense of fulfillment.

I understand Addiction and Mental Health are sensitive issues that can affect any individual regardless of their race, gender or social status. 

I respect my clients confidentiality at all times.

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1997, I have worked in the UK, Australia and South Africa in a variety of different treatment settings.

In the last 15 years I have developed a special interest in Psychiatry and Addiction.

In my working career I have spent time working in a physical settings in General Hospitals and in the Community.  I have worked in Government and Private Psychiatric Hospitals and Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres, including many of the leading psychiatric clinics and rehabs in South Africa:

  • Kenilworth Clinic (Cape Town)
  • Tabankulu Recovery Centre (Cape Town)
  • First Step Out Patient program (Johannesburg)
  • Houghton House (Johannesburg)
  • Crescent Clinic (Johannesburg)

Since 2011, I have focused on my private practice.

I have extensive experience working within a multidisciplinary clinical team offering group, individual and family therapy.

I have had the opportunity to work with many clients with a variety of different presenting issues, including:
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • OCD
  • mood disorders
  • stress disorders
  • personality disorders
  • relationship issues
  • grief
  • eating disorders
  • self harm
  • co-dependency
  • chemical dependency
  • addictive behaviours 
  • trauma
My treatment style is informed by a variety of different treatment modalities and techniques.  Some of these include;
  • EMDR
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Model of Human Occupation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • 12 Step Approach
  • Psycho-education
I have had the opportunity to work with all age groups, from young adult to mature adult. 

For the last 10 years I have had the privilege of working with clients in my private practice, witnessing their growth and transformation.  I treasure the opportunity to work with people who are motivated to overcome the obstacles that they have encountered in their lives.

In the last five years, I have focused on trauma work, and in line with this focus I have completed my qualification to become a TRE® Provider and EMDR practitioner, and I am thrilled to be able to integrate these two fabulous non- cognitive modalities into my practice.

I understand how much courage is required to take the steps to look at and change one's life. My commitment is to address the problem head-on with love and respect without judgement.

I have an honest, compassionate and direct approach.  I believe that this allows my clients to deal effectively and powerfully with their lives.

If nothing changes, nothing changes