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What is an Educational Psychologist?

Educational psychologists work with children, adolescents, adults and families to support and encourage optimal learning and development (physical, cognitive, social, emotional) through assessment, diagnosis and intervention/therapy.

Dr. Genevieve Da Silva is passionate about children, understanding their uniqueness and encouraging them to reach their full potential, together with parents and teachers.  Parenting is purposeful and she aims to help equip parents in their task of raising the next generation. She also aims to encourage and equip teachers in their role in child development in our diverse country.  She is married to Ricky da Silva and has three children.

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D.Ed Graduation, August 2013

Professional Background

Genevieve completed her B.Psych, Masters and Doctorate degrees through the University of South Africa. Her researched focussed on parenting to promote responsibility, autonomy, overall wellbeing and healthy relationships. Her 15 year experience with children includes children’s programme co-ordinator and youth worker, au-pair, teacher, counsellor and psychologist. Her psychological experience includes assessment and therapy with children with learning, physical, emotional and cognitive difficulties, parent guidance for individual families and group presentations, presentations for teachers, and working alongside multidisciplinary teams (including physiotherapists, occupational, speech and remedial therapists, medical sisters and psychiatrists). She also lectures at the South African College of Applied Psychology,  and previously at the University of the Western Cape.