Alex Koen, Reg. Counsellor, SWC
About Alex Koen
As a Registered Counsellor, Specialist Wellness Counsellor and Board Certified Autism Technician - Registered Counsellor and Board Certified Autism Technician - B.A. Psy. Soc. (UP), B.A.Counselling Psy.(Hons)(UNISA), B.C.A.T. (BICC), Cert. Counselling, Cert. Art Therapy (HELIOS), Advance Cer. Play Therapy, I began my pursuit in Psychology back in 2010 where I completed my Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Sociology, while at the University of Pretoria I there volunteered as a VCT- Voluntary Counselling and Testing clinic as an HIV Counsellor, receiving my degree in 2013.
Upon successful acceptance to my Honours Degree in Counselling Psychology in 2014, I not only completed my academic requirements in psychology but also acquired further training in Individual, Group, Child and Couples Counselling through the Strepco Helios Counselling Certificate. This afforded me the opportunity to register as a registered Counsellor with the Council for Counsellors of South Africa, upon which I ventured into private practice.
Furthering my skill set, I completed my Art Therapy Certification through the Art & Healing Training Centre in addition to acquiring my certification and sitting my board exam in Human Behaviour therapy known as Applied Behaviour Analysis through the Behaviour Intervention Certification Council in 2015.
Completing my certifications and acquiring my second registration, I further completed my beginner and advanced level certification in play therapy in 2017, affording me the opportunity to add valuable expressive techniques to my intervention repertoire.
Using this training I've been successfully practicing as a registered counsellor assisting families within the family dynamic of Couples counselling through the IMAGO principles, Individual Counselling using Art Therapy techniques, Behavioural intervention, Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic therapeutic techniques as well as providing children with applied behaviour analysis, play, art and sand tray play therapies and techniques. I've further assisted groups in group-based intervention using gestalt and trauma-informed counselling techniques. While providing online and in-person training and workshop events promoting mental health and wellness.
SpecialtiesAnxiety, Autism, Relationship Issues
Age Group FocusChildren, Adolescents, Adults, Seniors
Treatment ApproachesArt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Eclectic, Emotionally Focused, Expressive Arts, Family / Marital, Family Systems, Feminist, Gestalt, Humanistic, Imago, Integrative, Interpersonal, Intervention, Jungian, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Narrative, Play Therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Relational, Sand Play, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Somatic, Trauma Focused
IssuesAcademic issues, Addiction, ADHD, Adoption, Aging, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger’s, Autism, Behavior Issues, Career Counseling, Caregiver Stress, Child or Adolescent, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, End of Life Issues, Family Conflict, Goal Setting, Grief, Hearing Loss, Immigration Issues, Infertility, Infidelity, Internet Addiction, Introversion, Learning Disabilities, Life Coaching, Marital / Premarital, Men’s Issues, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sex Drive - Low, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep or Insomnia, Trauma / PTSD, Weight Loss, Women’s Issues