Elrika is a psychologist at OpenUp. Elrika is warm and open in consultations, allowing her clients a safe space to express themselves. She listens carefully to hear how challenges and strengths occur in her clients’ lives and tailors therapy to use the modality most suited for the presenting problem.
During consultations, Elrika likes to establish a goal for each conversation to ensure her clients spend their time well. She is both curious and creative and will carefully and compassionately ask questions about the challenges the clients bring. Towards the end of the conversation, she ensures that the client is contained and has action to take with them.
Elrika consults with her clients using Compassion Focussed Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Solution Focussed Therapy. She has also been practising ACT, CBT and other therapy modalities since qualifying as a psychologist in 2005.
Elrika tries to balance her work with swimming, walking in nature and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys stretching herself with new challenges and experiences and finds travelling the perfect way to do all this!
Elrika has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, a Master’s Certificate in Executive and Leadership Coaching, and a Certificate in Third Wave CBT Therapy (Mindfulness, DBT, CFT and ACT). She is currently busy with a top-up Doctoral Degree focussing on Coaching Psychology.
Elrika speaks English, Afrikaans and a small amount of Dutch.