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My name is Ismat Tarr-Hamid and I am a registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Linden Ext, Randburg. With over 5 years in clinical practice, I have successfully worked with hundreds of clients from various socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, religions and languages.


I have a special interest in working with adults and couples, with a particular focus on issues of addiction, depression and/or anxiety, difficulties in connecting, trauma, shame, burnout, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and overall self-development amongst others.


I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology which I obtained from the North-West University in Potchefstroom. Prior to that I pursued my undergraduate and honours degrees at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. My clinical experience includes working in public service at a state psychiatric hospital in Pretoria where I helped people who had more severe forms of mental illnesses such as psychosis. I then worked in the community clinics context in Johannesburg’s East Rand assisting children, teenagers and adults with various issues ranging from severe mental illnesses to more general life difficulties.


I made the decision thereafter to move into the private sector where I worked for a number of years at a private psychiatric clinic working extensively with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders and addiction of all types. I was also in a management role at the clinic for a period of time, managing the addictions unit. I have been in part-time private practice for the last 4 years.


I am a registered member of the following:

  • Health and Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
  • Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF).
  • Golden Key International Honour Society.
  • Health and Care Professions Council in the UK



My work in therapy is primarily influenced by psychodynamic theory. In plain and simple terms, psychodynamic therapy looks at helping clients gain insight into their lives and current problems as well as helping to evaluate patterns that develop over time. Recognizing these patterns can help clients see how they avoid distress and/or develop defences as a way of coping. Through this realization we can then change unhelpful patterns in your life. The therapeutic relationship is paramount to a good process and I aim to create a supportive environment where we can work together to actualize change.


Our therapy sessions will take place weekly, lasting between 50 and 60 minutes. The initial 2 to 3 sessions are used as an ‘assessment’ or ‘get to know you’ phase where I will ask a lot of questions about your life experiences, personal history and your relationships. This allows me to get a better sense of who you are and what has brought you to therapy. You will also, during this time, get a better sense of how I work and if you feel comfortable working with me.