About Carly

I am a psychologist. But I’m not the fuddy-duddy, pipe-smoking, tweed-wearing stereotype. I am just like you. Except that my job involves listening to people’s stories. And my training offers me certain insights, greater empathy and the use of some deep-ass theory.

I started the Carly’s Couch blog because I am passionate about connecting with people and I wanted to break down the misconceptions that all psychologists have to be boring, old and flawless. As I learn to embrace my flaws and human vulnerability I want to encourage others to do the same.


I have a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cape Town (2011), and worked previously at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital (2012) and Far East Rand Hospital (2013). I moved to Berlin in 2014 where I worked in private practice for two years before moving back to South Africa in 2016.

I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa(HPCSA) as well as the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF).

Therapists in Carly’s Couch Network

Slindile Mbatha – Clinical Psychologist

My interest in psychology stemmed from a desire to understand myself  and people around me better and to make meaning of certain life experiences. I was always curious about others and this curiosity has grown over time to an understanding of how deeply we are connected to each other and our world.”

Lauren Jacobs – Clinical Psychologist

“I believe that therapy is a gift to the self. It is a safe space to explore and find one’s inner voice. It is a space to learn and grow and take time out to be with the self. It can be uncomfortable and challenging but ultimately extremely rewarding, especially in today’s fast paced world.”

Debby Kempthorne – Educational Psychologist

“When engaging with children I love how I can apply my creativity, nurturing ability and patience to assist them in reaching their full potential, increasing their confidence and self-worth”

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