Dr JC Coetzee Clinical Psychologist

Dr. JC Coetzee is a licensed Clinical Psychologist registered as such in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Dr Coetzee holds a PhD in Philospohy in Psychiatry and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. He has been conducting teaching, training and research activities in the fields of psychiatry, philosophy and clinical psychology since 2001. Dr Coetzee has given scientific presentations on personality assessment, psychopathology, existential psychotherapy, philosophy in Psychiatry and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Dr. Coetzee provides cognitive behavioural therapy and Stoic mentoring online via virtual platforms. He consults through video conferencing and has conducted therapeutic work with people from many nationalities and cultural backgrounds including the UAE, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Ethiopia, Namibia, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zambia, Lesotho, the United States of America, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr. Coetzee’s varied experiences conducting research, treating patients, training professionals, and working with the public have given him insights into cognition, emotion, and behaviour, enhancing his understanding of the human condition.

Approach to Psychotherapy

Dr. Coetzee seeks to reduce the intensity and frequency of his client’s emotional pain and suffering and self-defeating behaviours. He helps clients to develop skills to achieve their goals and life satisfaction, with a strong emphasis on cognitive-behavioural theory (CBT) and techniques integrated with philosophical insights. His approach is strongly influenced by Stoic and Existential philosophy. He uses these and other techniques specifically suited to the individual. His approach helps clients understand their spiritual identity and efficiently overcome current problems, whether they are critical (acute) or long-standing (chronic) issues. In addition, Dr. Coetzee also places emphasis on how personality traits impact interpersonal relationships and he helps clients identify personality traits and alter behavioural patterns that contribute to relationship difficulties.

Dr Coetzee utilizes scientifically based methods and empirically supported treatments in his approach to psychological difficulties.

Dr Coetzee focuses on the present, while helping clients to understand how historical events and relationships may still be influencing their thoughts, behaviours, and feelings today. Active methods of coping with the here-and-now are emphasized.

Clients can quickly learn cognitive and behavioural skills that allow them to deal more effectively with their life circumstances.

Cognitive Behavioural Theory

His approach to most problems is rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral Theory (CBT)Simply put, he addresses the whole person by assessing and treating:

  • Cognitions – what we think
  • Behaviours – what we do and say
  • Emotions – how we feel
  • Relationships – how we interact with others

 Please contact Dr. J.C. Coetzee if you have any questions regarding his approach.