fbpx

Essie Raath

Meet Essie

[English to follow]

Ek is gebore in Zambië en het my skoolopleiding in Pretoria en  Umtata voltooi. Aan UP verwerf ek ‘n nagraadse kwalifikasie in Afrikaans-Nederlands. Werksomgewings het gewissel tussen  die uitgewerbedryf (voltyds en vryskut)  en die regsomgewing. Ek was tussendeur vir etlike jare ‘n tuisbly-mamma van drie seuns en so dankbaar vir dié voorreg wat my man, Dolf, vir my moontlik gemaak het.

Essie's story
Eucharisteo: Leef in dankbaarheid / Live in gratitude
In 2005-6 skryf ek in vir die Pastorale Narratiewe Terapiekursus wat deur Coram Deo aangebied word en  bly sedertdien aan as deeltydse berader. Metterjare kruis al hoe meer kliënte wat met trauma gekonfronteer is/word my pad. Ek verbreed my verstaan deur verskillende kursusse en werkswinkels (wisselend tussen 80 uur en ‘n dag) in hierdie verband by te woon. Verder probeer ek om meer te verstaan van trauma en die uitwerking van trauma op ons liggame deur baie oor trauma en trauma-verwante situasies en toepaslike navorsing te lees en te leer. Maar ek het die voorreg om geweldig baie te leer aan die voete van kliënte wat stoei met hierdie ondraaglike pyn. Ek betree heilige grond en staan verwonderd oor die stoffasie waarvan die mens gemaak is, oor die manier waarop ons Skepper ons “bedraad” het om uitdagings die hoof te bied. Ek kom ook onder die besef hoe mense se God-verhale in trauma mede-outeurs van hul verhale van veerkrag word.

‘n Paar jaar gelede is ek uitgedaag om ‘n module oor trauma te ontwikkel wat in die PNT 2-kursus aangebied word. Met baie gebed en die hulp van dr Franҁois Wessels word die kursus gebore en bied ek sedert 2013 die Trauma-module by Coram Deo aan. Dit bly ‘n taak wat mens nederig hou.

English

I was born in Zambia and completed schooling in Pretoria and Umtata. At the University of Pretoria I did a post-graduate in Afrikaans-Netherlands . Working experience included publishing (fulltime and freelance) and the law environment. For a number of years I was a stay-at-home mom raising three sons and I am so grateful for this privilege that my husband, Dolf, made possible for me.

In 2005-6 I enrolled for the PNT Course at Coram Deo and have been a part-time counsellor at this institution since then. As time proceeded more and more clients struggling with trauma and the effects thereof in their lives crossed my path. I decided to equip myself with more skills in this area, attending courses and workshops (varying from 80 hours to a day). In an effort to try and understand more about the workings of trauma in our lives and bodies, I expose myself to continually reading trauma-related publications and research. But one of the biggest privileges is to learn from clients struggling with the pain of trauma. I stand on holy ground and in awe at the  grit people develop, and about the way in which our Creator “hardwired” us to overcome. I also realise how people’s God-stories during and after trauma become co-authors of their stories of resilience.

A couple of years ago I was challenged to develop a module on Trauma as part of the PNT2 course. With much prayer and  inspiration from Dr Franҁois Wessels the course was birthed and since 2013 I have had the privilege to lecture the Trauma Module at Coram Deo.  It remains a humbling experience.

Counselling

Relationships
Family
Teenagers
Children
Trauma
Anxiety
Depression
Identity
Addiction
Abuse

Related services

Coaching
Mediation
Facilitation
Mentoring

Organisational | Corporate

Leadership enhancement
Community consultation
Employee Assistance and Wellness
Diversity and culture workshops
Organisational development

Affiliate groups

Alcoholics anonymous (and family support)
Sex addicts anonymous (and family support)
Ampucare
Huntington’s
Stroke support

Other:
Painting classes
Music lessons
Sculpture classes

Select training institutions:
FACT Network
Narrative Arts Practices
Centre for Contextual Ministry
Institute 4 Creative Conversations

Associate groups

Simcha Addiction and Recovery
Agére/Agency (weight management)
Divorce support
SWAT Parenting

Courses | Training

Pastoral Narrative Therapy (English) [UP Accredited]
Pastoral Narrative Therapy (Afrikaans) [UP Accredited]
Supervision in counselling and other helping professions [UP Accredited]
Continued Learning (consisting of 5 short formal programmes)
Seminars and workshops

Campuses | Learning sites

Pretoria (Main Campus)
Constantia Kruin (West Rand)
Kempton Park (East Rand)
Durbanville (Cape)
George (Western Cape)
Mossel Bay (Western Cape)
Lydenburg (Mpumalanga)
Ladysmith (KZN)
Amanzimtoti (KZN)
Global online (Blended Learning)

Make a difference

Tax deductible donations
Seeds of hope
Professional seeds
67 Minutes – Mandela dayCorporate social investment
Skills development levy

Let’s get in touch!

%d bloggers like this: