Aldeia Wellness Therapy Practice is a specialized practice serving dozens of children, adolescents and their families. Our services include developmental intervention through the implementation of Individualized Family Service Plans, playtherapy, behaviour therapy, family therapy, divorce care and remedial therapy. We also provide a free screening session with an Early Childhood Intervention specialist. When you walk into our practice you will see both indoor and outdoor therapeutic spaces to suit the needs of each child. Our mission is to provide compassionate and high-quality therapy services in an enriching and enjoyable environment where families thrive!
The word “Aldeia”translates to “Village” in Portuguese. An ancient proverb states: “ It takes a village to raise a child.”. At Aldeia Wellness Therapy Practice we would like to form part of your village. With this in mind, Aldeia aims to provide a transdisciplinary approach to health and well-being for all ages and their families. The building carries a calm and therapeutic atmosphere, designed to provide our clients with a unique experience on their therapeutic journey. Aldeia’s dedicated team of therapists has a shared vision; to provide the community with all-encompassing support from individual intervention to transdisciplinary case management as well as support groups and workshops.With both indoor and outdoor therapeutic spaces, we meet each child and family member where they feel most comfortable. Regular events are organised by the Aldeia team which the community is encouraged to attend covering a large variety of topics, for example, teenage substance abuse, bullying, parenting advice etc.However, we haven’t forgotten our community and have therefore partnered with 2 charities in their drive to better the lives of the families in our community and neighbouring communities.
Chérie Schutte is an internationally registered Pediatric Intervention & Behavioural Health Specialist specializing in early developmental intervention and child behaviour. Chérie’s educational background includes a diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis, 5 years of medical school followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, an Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Early Childhood intervention from the University of Pretoria. After leaving the ministry in 2018, Chérie now specializes in child physical and emotional development through the implementation of an Individualized Family Service Plan, writing of medico-legal reports and supporting children through trauma, divorce and developmental delays. Chérie practices at both the Roodepoort/Johannesburg and White River/Nelspruit branches.
Sumé van Aswegen is a registered counsellor and ABA practitioner specializing in behaviour and playtherapy. Sumé’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Psychology degree through the University of South Africa as well as extensive training in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She includes stimulation therapy in her therapy sessions, which is especially helpful for children with ADHD, autism, sensory difficulties and anxiety. Sumé also hosts the social skills development groups. She is stationed at the Roodepoort, Johannesburg branch and does home/school visits as well.
Melineze Christie completed her studies in Occupational Therapy at the University of Witwatersrand. After completing her community service in Lenasia, she decided to follow her dream to become a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Melineze took on three part-time jobs as a Paediatric OT in completely different environments to gain experience with children from different ages, backgrounds and with different challenges. She has since moved into private practice. Melineze services clients in the Linden, Randburg, Roodepoort and Krugersdorp areas.
Lou & Marli Morgan work as a Physiotherapists team bringing a holistic dynamic to the team. Their practice, Morgan Physiotherapy service clients in the Roodepoort/Krugersdorp area as well as the Netcare Garden City hospital. Lou studied BScPhysio at the University of the Western Cape whilst Marli completed her BScPhysio degree at the University of Stellenbosch. Both share a deep love for helping children achieve their physical dream.
An early intervention specialist performs a full evaluation where after an Individualized Family Service Plan is developed. An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a plan that guides the family and their child during the early years of development. This plan clearly lays out what services your baby or child should receive and what outcomes are hoped for. It is a joint effort between the interventionist, therapists and the family.
"Often, children are unable to verbally express what they are feeling; thus, in play therapy toys serve as children's words and play as their language" Garry Landreth. Play therapy helps to resolve anxiety, conflict and difficult feelings.
With use of the Applied Behaviour Analysis technique, we strive to find the best possible solution to your child's behaviour issues. We also do home and school visits, to ensure that each child grow and adapt aptly to their environment with assistance.
Divorce Care is a mediation-type of therapy dealing with the emotional turmoil caused by the trauma of divorce as well as assisting in the family plan in association with the court.
Bonding therapy is a mediation-type of therapy used in estranged relationships between a child and a parent or with adoptive families.
Remedial therapy focuses on assisting individuals who suffer from conditions that interfere with learning, such as ADD, ADHD, dyslexia (difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling) and dyscalculia (difficulty with mathematics).
Family therapy or family counseling is a form of treatment that is designed to address specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family. It can be used to help a family through a difficult period, a major transition, or mental or behavioral health problems in family members.
Pastoral counseling, a clinical practice that integrates both psychological and theological concepts into its framework. This type of counseling focuses on the spiritual aspect of healing individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis, such as grief, death, injury or illness.
Mastering social skills can be challenging for many children who have special needs. This can be the case if their difficulties lie within an intellectual disability, a language disorder, or autism. We strive to help them by providing social skills groups