Shantelle de Vries, nee Botha
Shantelle is a registered Psychologist with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Shantelle’s warm, empathic and person-centered approach creates a safe environment for all clients to explore their difficulties, and encourage them to increase their resilience and capacity for personal growth. Shantelle is trained in CBT, DBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Nutritional Therapy, Play Therapy, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and is currently completing her 4-year Gestalt training with the Gestalt Institute of Western Australia.
Shantelle offers services in the following areas:
- Adolescent Psychology
- Parenting support
- Parent/Adolescent Conflict
- School issues (Bullying, social media)
- Childhood Trauma Counselling
- Adolescent Anger management
- Body Image and Self-Esteem
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Anxiety, Stress, Panic
- Grief and Loss
- Personality Disorders
Shantelle specialises in working with adolescents and their parents. In 2015, she created an innovative anger management program for teens which is facilitated in many High Schools in the Perth Metropolitan area. Highly regarded by the Department of Education, Shantelle has been an invited guest speaker at the Youth Engagement Forum 2017, 2018.
Shantelle’s specialist expertise in the impact of technology and social media on the adolescent mind makes her the perfect choice of relationship counsellor for parents who want to improve their relationships with challenging teenagers.
Shantelle is skilled in assisting adolescents and parents to increase their awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and to explore how these affect their experiences and perspectives. By increasing awareness and recognising behavioural patterns, parents and teens are better able to make decisions and choices which lead to a deeper more satisfying relationship with each other.
Shantelle is also a Nutritional Therapist, and employs this approach to explore the relationship between diet and exercise on mental health. She has worked with both men and women using Mindfulness to assist in developing a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food. Mindfulness practice shifts our attention away from our external appearance to how our bodies feel from the inside. Shantelle teaches clients how to observe and be curious about what is happening with their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations – without judgment.
When counselling trauma clients, Shantelle uses a transparent informed approach. She has extensive experience in working with complex trauma (childhood trauma, family violence, sexual abuse, and PTSD) and their consequences of relationship breakdown, self-harm and suicide, and grief and loss.
Shantelle also works with child and adult ADD/ADHD and provides evidence-based assessment and therapy to children and adults who may be experiencing ADHD and related concerns. Adult ADHD can be difficult to diagnose owing to the history of co-occurring mental health difficulties including childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and poor functional outcomes including relationship difficulties and work/study problems. Whilst there is no cure for ADHD, Shantelle utilises a multifaceted client-centred approach including psychoeducation, CBT, IPT, Mindfulness and ADHD coaching to manage symptoms and improve daily functioning.
Memberships: Full registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA); AAPi
Medicare and Private Health Rebates available