ALICIA COERTZE – VITA NOVA PRETORIA

Alicia specialises in Teenager, Student and Young Adult counselling in Pretoria.

In 2018 I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, Criminology and Education, thereafter I completed my honours in Psychology. I have also completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education and am therefore a qualified high school teacher. Realising that my passion is to work with young people on a personal level, I  completed the Vita Nova Humanitas Counselling course which enabled me to become a Specialist Wellness Counsellor.  I have always had a passion for working with young people as I can relate to their confusion and the emotional roller-coaster they are experiencing. I have over 6 years of experience working with teenagers. It started with me fulfilling a supportive and mentoring role for young people at various schools and now I am able to fulfill the role of a youth counsellor. During these 6 years I have worked with abuse, suicide, relationship-issues, family-issues, depression, anxiety, stress, career guidance, personal development, self-esteem, trauma, grief & loss and the transition between different life phases.

I personally feel that teenagers, students and young adults are sometimes thrown into the deep end and we expect them to swim without the guidance, support and tools to be able to help them become a successful swimmer. Some however swim towards their goals while others barely stay afloat, finding themselves in a troubling situation. This troubling situation however leads to young people feeling that they are not good enough, hopeless, overwhelmed and might even lead to more severe situations where depression and suicidal ideation might come into play. I believe that every young person deserves an equal opportunity to self discovery and healing.

Teenagers and young people simply want to be understood, and sometimes as tough as it may seem they might feel like ‘no-one’ understands them. Throughout the journey of entering high school until entering the workspace, there are a couple of major transitions that occur within those phases. To make the situation even worse life hits us with its best shot and we are also faced with a couple of other problems relating to friendship, family, and society to name a few. Sometimes it is unfair to expect these young people to truly swim without the necessary help. I ,therefore, believe that it is of utmost importance for young people to receive the necessary help, guidance and support in order to be able to enter the next phase of their life with the necessary tools to swim successfully. Sometimes they just require a life jacket or a buoy for a little while until they have obtained the skills to swim successfully.

It is an absolute honour to be able to work with teenagers, students and young adults as I know that it is a vulnerable space during one’s life. I want to end off with the following quote:

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” – cummings