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Jenny da Silva

Educational Psychologist


Jenny da Silva (M.Ed. (Ed Psych) (UJ); B.Ed. (Hons) (Ed Psych) (RAU); B.Ed. (Life Orientation) (RAU)) is a registered Educational Psychologist and Psychotherapist. Jenny is the co-director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of South Africa (MEISA) and currently serves as Treasurer and Executive Board Member of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

She is a recognized expert in the field of Ego State Therapy and accredited as Ego State Therapy therapist, supervisor and trainer through Ego State Therapy International (ESTI). She is an accredited senior faculty member who specializes in the practice of Ego State Therapy and hascontributed extensively to this field through her presentations and publications. Jenny received her training as an Ericksonian Psychotherapist and Ego State Therapist through the Milton Erickson Institute of South Africa (MEISA) with Dr. Woltemade Hartman.

She has published in various academic journals and is the author of the chapter titled “Ego-State-Interventionen bei Jungedlichen” in the book “Der singende Pantomine” published in Germany in 2014. Jenny is also trained as an Eye Movement Integration (EMI) Practitioner and Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner. She has presented at international and national conferences, including the International Society of Hypnosis congresses, European Society of Hypnosis Congresses, Parts Congresses in Heidelberg, Germany, at the Milton Erickson Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) and the Ego State World Congresses in South Africa on the utilization of Ericksonian Principles in conjunction with Ego State interventions with children.

She has lectured at congresses in South Africa, Germany, Italy and the USA. She continues to supervise and teach Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Ego State Therapy to health professionals. She also provides staff development programmes for various schools. She is regularly consulted by journalists and the media on various topics. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Somatic Experiencing and Hypnotic Ego State approaches to trauma.

Jenny works from a transtheoretical approach where the client’s readiness for change is taken into account and therapy is tailored to the individual’s needs and strengths. Therapeutic modalities of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Ego State Therapy, Creative-Expressive Arts, EMI, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Somatic Experiencing are used.

Jenny offers individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults on, amongst others: trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, grief and bereavement, sexual abuse, social problems, divorce, health and wellness, mindfulness, life transitions, personal/emotional growth, self-esteem, anger, women/child abuse, stress/lifestyle management, study skills, parental guidance and support and ADHD/learning and developmental disorders.

Psycho-educational assessments, career assessments, scholastic and school-readiness assessments, cognitive and emotional assessments and assessments for ADHD/learning difficulties are also offered.