Tamaryn Spandiel is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an independent practitioner.

Some A Lot of History

Tamaryn Spandiel's Bio

During my masters I completed my practical training at Weskoppies, 1Military Hospital, Eersterust Clinic and Itsoseng Clinic in Mamelodi. During my internship, I was placed at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital where I worked in both the Acute Psychotic Ward and the Child and Family Unit. 

After the completion of my masters research (mini-dissertation topic: "Coping Strategies used by Parents of Children with Autism) I completed an extended internship at Tara - The H. Moross Hospital where I worked in the Biomedical Ward, the Out-Patients Department, the Family Therapy Clinic and co-facilitated neurocognitive rehabilitation groups in the Adolescent and Adult Wards.

During this time, I gained extensive experience in Cognitive, Neurocognitive, Personality, and Projective Assessments. Due to the range of experience during my training, I chose to complete my community service at the Department of Correctional Services where I was placed in the Female Correctional Centre and completed parole assessments in the Male Maximum Centre.

"I pride myself in continuously developing my skills as a clinician through volunteering my time, attending various professional courses, and regular personal and group supervision."




the length of time for which something lasts.

synonyms: period, space, time, duration



mentally prepare (someone) for a testing task or occassion

synonyms: get in the right frame of mind, prepare oneself, urge oneself on

Psychology was derived from the Greek word "psyche" meaning "soul". The ancient Greeks also used the word butterfly to refer to "psyche". Span Pscyh uses the anology of the butterfly to help understand the process of psychotherapy

The butterfly becomes a symbol of transformation going through life cycles. Therapy is in this manner a transitional process to assist one through different phases of life which is unique to each individual, just like the butterfly making its way through the hole of its cocoon.

However, the process of becoming a beautiful butterfly does not end once the butterfly manages to escape the cocoon. Once out the cocoon and in order to survive, the butterfly needs to learn to adapt to, and function in its new environment. The butterfly finds itself crawling around with shrivelled up wings before it is able to fly.

Therapy is a relationship to assist the crawling butterfly transform into one that is able to explore challenges and become a butterfly able to spread its wings and fly.

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Client Focus

I also speak: Afrikaans
  • Adults
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Children (6 to 10)