ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Aggression etc.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Your child is unable to sit still, he does not follow instructions, she is so manipulative, punishment does not seem to work, her teacher thinks she might be depressed, very low concentration span, struggling with sequencing etc. Terms like ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia seem to be brandied about quite easily and it seems like, if the child has a label or a diagnosis it might be easier to send him/her off to be treated or medicated.

What if I were to tell you that there are so many otherfactors that could be influencing their behaviour and that it is not necessarily always a diagnosis that might be helpful but rather adjusting the way your child moves. The brain and the body connect through movement. The way children move is the way they think and visa versa. Incorporating certain movements and exercises into their life might make a big difference to their social interactions, the way they think and the way they behave.

The Family Counselling Centre invites you to our monthly Conversation, “Let’s Get Talking” starting at 7 pm.   Join Lee-Ann on 27th March in a discussion around early development movement, signs of Developmental Co-ordination Delay and the significance of how your child moves.

‘We thought our son had ADHD – what we were told blew our minds’ by Amanda Cassidy

“We brought our son to be tested for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) this summer. He was fidgety, found it hard to sit still in school, had low concentration and was very impulsive. In other words, all completely normal symptoms of a five-year-old boy. But I wanted to be sure so that I could give the best and most appropriate response to help him be his best self. Also, I am a complete overreacter. To my surprise, the therapist explained that not only did he not have ADHD, he had retained some of his primitive reflexes and this was a really common issue that is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. And these retained reflexes could be responsible for a lot of the things that were getting him in trouble at school and at home.  Wait, what? “

Care for the Caregivers

This time of the year my heart goes out to all people working in caring professions. Doctors, social workers, nurses, NSRI staff, teachers, fieldworkers, police, emergency services, etc. Their plight is hard throughout the year but for some reason during the festive season I become painfully aware that, as everyone is celebrating and taking a load off, many cargivers are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Continue reading “Care for the Caregivers”

Introducing Your Partenr to Your Kids

Andrea answers some questions about how to go about introducing a new love intrest to your children.

The basis of a healthy relationship with your children is to implement – The 4 -Ls of healthy parenting

  • LISTEN to your children,
  • LEARN about your children,
  • LAUGH with your children and
  • LOVE  your children in action

Age-approproiate honesty is of utmost importance when communication with your children especially when talking  to them about so-called touchy subjects.

Click on the logo or on the link below to listen to the podcast.

How to deal with post-divorce festive season

Sarah J King talks to Andrea Nettel

Andrea Nettel, the founder and director of The Family Counselling Centre specialises working with individuals, couples and families who have experienced trauma.

She joined Sarah J. King from Cape Talk to give some advice on how to approach the festive season after having gone through the trauma of divorce.

Please click on the  Photo or the link below to  listen to the conversation.

Some exciting news from our team:

We have a Winner in our midst!

Our Director, Andrea Nettel, is the winner of  one of only three Scholarships offered by Mediation Academy. Well Done Andrea and Congratulations.

Here now the official announcement from the Mediation Academy:
“We are happy to announce the 3 winners of the full scholarships for the 64h Family Mediation course. Congratulations:
Scholarship #1: Barbara Jaftha, Scholarship #2: Andrea Nettel, Scholarship #3: Nicky Shortt
Our three winners will complete their Family Law Mediation training online, after which they will be able to get international accreditation and start their own practices.
We would like to thank our co-sponsors, the Modjadji Network, who offers a business networking platform for women in business. Register here: .

We’ve had such a huge response from many talented individuals that we’ve decided to provide partial sponsorships to an additional 15 students. Mediation Academy is currently offering a 20% discount off the full course price.
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Blessing the Women at Nerina Gardens, Fish Hoek   


Beautiful bracelets, by Carol Bradley!

The TFCC team decided to commit ourselves to doing something special and memorable for some of the precious women in our community for August, as  Women’s month. We decided to keep it close and local…… and chose to visit one of our long-established retirement villages namely Nerina Gardens, around the corner from our rooms in Fish Hoek. We focused on the frail care section and put together a beautiful gift for each of the ladies, a token of our love and appreciation for them. They each received a beaded necklace (made by our very talented and creative receptionist, Carol Bradley) and some small chocolates, which no woman can say ‘no’ to! The gift to us was seeing their faces light up and to hear them saying that they look forward to wearing this bracelet as it matches various items of clothing in their wardrobe. Thank you, ladies of Nerina Gardens, for a very special day.

Our Director steps in as Bay Primary’s School Counsellor

The sign on Andrea’s door at Bay Primary …

The Family Counselling Centre are excited to announce that our Director, Andrea Nettel, has been appointed as the School Counsellor at Bay Primary School, Fish Hoek, while Erica Searle is on sabatical to complete her Honours. Andrea’s mandate is to assist learners with short term counselling and to refer them to appropriate professionals if more assistance is required. She will work with the learners in regards to socialisation, anxiety, crisis management and interpersonal communication. Trauma debriefing, and working with the learning support team to find adequate solutions for the struggling learner, also forms part of my role.

Numvoyo, Andrea and Carol celebrating Andrea’s appointment in the TFCC offices

Andrea is looking forward to maintaining and growing the wonderful culture around counselling that Erica has already developed, while she is in this role. Andrea will be at the Bay Primary Senior Campus in Kalk Bay on Monday and Tuesday mornings and will be at the Junior Campus in Fish Hoek on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Andrea will continue in her role as Director and Counsellor at The Family Counselling Centre in the afternoons and on Thursdays and Saturdays.

We wish her every success in this all important role!