Dr JC Coetzee Clinical Psychologist
Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy
I have more than 18 years experience in working with individuals in counselling and psychotherapy.
Family Therapy
I have worked extensively with families in a therapeutic context.
Online Video Individual Counselling
I have experience and skills in online individual counselling.
Online Video Couples Counselling
I have experience and skills in online couples counselling.
Psychological Assessment
I have more than 18 years experience in administering, scoring and interpreting various psychological assessment instruments including personality assessments and relationship assessment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I have advanced skills in conducting cognitive behavioural therapy.
Christian Counselling
I work extensive experience in Christian counselling where I focus on spiritual identity and overcoming maladaptive thoughts and behaviours.

Dr. JC Coetzee is a licensed clinical psychologist in both South Africa and New Zealand. He has been conducting teaching, training and research activities in the fields of psychiatry and clinical psychology since 2001. Dr Coetzee has given scientific presentations on personality assessment, psychopathology, existential psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Dr. Coetzee consults in person as well as through video conferencing and has conducted therapeutic work with people from many nationalities and cultural backgrounds including the UAE, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, the United States of America, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr. Coetzee’s varied experiences conducting research, treating patients, training professionals, and working with the public have given him insights into cognition, emotion, and behaviour, enhancing his understanding of the human condition.

Approach to Psychotherapy

Dr. Coetzee seeks to reduce the intensity and frequency of his client’s emotional pain and suffering and self-defeating behaviours. He helps clients to develop skills to achieve their goals and life satisfaction, with a strong emphasis on cognitive-behavioural theory (CBT) and techniques integrated within a Christian worldview perspective. He uses these and other techniques specifically suited to the individual. His approach helps clients understand their spiritual identity and efficiently overcome current problems, whether they are critical (acute) or long-standing (chronic) issues. In addition, Dr. Coetzee also places emphasis on how personality traits impact interpersonal relationships and he helps clients identify personality traits and alter behavioural patterns that contribute to relationship difficulties.

Scientifically based methods are emphasized and when empirically supported treatments do not exist, clinical judgment and reliance on theory is used to provide clients with customized and comprehensive treatment of his or her specific conditions.

Dr Coetzee focuses on the present, while helping clients to understand how historical events and relationships may still be influencing their thoughts, behaviours, and feelings today. Active methods of coping with the here-and-now are emphasized.

Clients can quickly learn cognitive and behavioural skills that allow them to deal more effectively with their life circumstances.

Cognitive Behavioural Theory

His approach to most problems is rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral Theory (CBT). Simply put, he addresses the whole person by assessing and treating:

  • Cognitions – what we think
  • Behaviours – what we do and say
  • Emotions – how we feel
  • Relationships – how we interact with others

 Please contact Dr. Coetzee if you have any questions regarding his approach.

Work Experience
Clinical Psychologist
Psychology Private Practice/ University of Pretoria2001-Present

I have been practicing in the field of clinical psychology since 2001. I have been affiliated to the University of Pretoria’s Department of Psychiatry and have been conducting teaching, training and research activities in the fields of psychiatry and clinical psychology since 2003. My main work focus is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. I also work extensively with relationship counselling for couples where I focus on identifying and altering maladaptive behavioural patterns that contribute to conflict in a relationship.

Professional Registration

Health Professions Council of South Africa Board of Psychology

New Zealand Psychologists Board

Professional Membership

Society for Existential Analysis since 2007

International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry since 2010

International Association for Forensic Mental Health Services since 2011

South African Medico Legal Society since 2013

Diploma in Existential Counselling
Open College UK2016
PhD Psychiatry
University of Pretoria2015
MA Clinical Psychology
University of Pretoria2001-2003
BA Hons Psychology
University of Pretoria1999
BA Theology and Psychology
University of Pretoria1997-1999