About Dr Johan Ferreira
Dr Johan Ferreira qualified as a Counselling Psychologist at the University of Stellenbosch and practised at the Air Force Base Ysterplaat in Cape Town for seven years. In his capacity as Senior Counselling Psychologist and Head of the Medical Clinic the foundation was laid for his approach to multi-professional treatment. His Master's degree thesis was based on a four year research project on seasonal depression.
Johan has been a Counselling Psychologist in private practice in Johannesburg since 1997 and since August 2005 his practice is located exclusively at the Wholeness Centre @ Mosaiek. As head of psychological and therapeutic services at Wholeness@Mosaiek he is mainly busy with therapeutic sessions, but is also responsible for supervision of psychologists, intern-psychologists and counselors. He is involved in the development and presentation of workshops.
His therapeutic approach is aimed at aiding the individual to develop full and optimal human functioning. The correct clinical diagnosis is followed by the process of rectifying the problem. The attainment of normalized behaviour and emotional respons to life is then reflected in an effective lifestyle.
Johan believes that healthy relationships, and especially healthy marriages, are of the primary foundations of a healthy community. Relationship therapy is therefore a further focus area in his practice. During the process of therapy all aspects of the person and the relationship are addressed, the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions that play a role in the optimal and preventative functioning of the person.
Palliative care is another focus area in his practice and is defined by the world health organization as:
“The active, total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, of other symptoms, and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families.”
Intervention sessions are focussed on the following:
1. continued orientation, training and educating as to the palliative strategy,
2. emotional support if verbal, emotional or physical abuse might take place,
3. continued evaluation, training and support during the time of changing behavioral and psychological symptoms of patients for care takers, nursing staff and family members
4. training in team cohesion and motivation for high professional standards to be maintained in challenging and negative psychological environment
Johan is a member of the following professional organizations:
1. Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
2. Psychological Association of South Africa (PSYSSA)
3. American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
4. International Association of Positive Psychology (IPPA).
He was invited by IPPA and attended the First World Conference in Positive Psychology in Philadelphia, USA in June 2009, where he presented his research findings and counseling model. He presented a poster session and a full congress workshop on therapeutic strategies within the context of the Christian Psychologist at the World Congress of Christian Psychologists and Counselors in Nashville, USA in September 2013. His professional opinions are used in news paper and magazine articles and in television and radio shows.
1. Seisoenale wisseling in die graad van depressie by 'n groep Suid-Afrikaanse vroue, 1996, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, MA Thesis
2. Practical wisdom as executive virtue for Positive Psychology: a Pastoral-Theological evaluation, 2011, North-West University, PhD Thesis.