Dr Marli Edwards

I was born, raised and schooled in Rustenburg where after I qualified myself as an Educational Psychologist in Pretoria. During my studies I respectively worked part time as an au pair with different families, as a teacher at Charis Christian School (2006 – 2007) and as a test administrator for an Industrial Psychology Company in Pretoria (2008 – 2009). I completed my internship at three Primary Schools, one that includes a High School, CMR Pretoria North and at a Private Practice in Pretoria. I worked free-lance for a time (2011) offering workshops in study methods and habits for school children. I worked at the University of Pretoria in the capacity of lecturer (2009-2013). I completed my PhD in 2017.  I have been in private practice since 2012. I endeavour to improve my skills and expertise by engaging in additional courses, attending forums and reading up on relevant research. 

As an educational psychologist I work with children regarding the following: 

Psychometric testing: 

• School readiness, 

• IQ testing, 

• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),

• Scholastic functioning, 

• Emotional functioning, 

• Subject choices, 

• Career guidance, 

• Identifying learning problems (dyslexia), 

• School placement, 

• Assessment to determine eligibility for concession and amanuensis  

Learning challenges: 

• Underachievement, 

• Poor performance and progress, 

• Developmental delays, 

• Poor concentration, 

• Hyperactivity, • Impulsivity, 

• Performance anxiety, 

• Math anxiety, 

• Dyslexia and learning problems.

Behaviour and emotional challenges: 

• Rebellion,

• Discipline problems, •

 Adjustment problems, 

• School refusal, 

• Separation anxiety, 

• Relationship problems, 

• Bully, 

• Low self-esteem, 

• Aggression, 

• Sibling rivalry, 

• Anxiety, 

• Despondency, 

• Loss of a loved one.  

I also make use of play therapy as a therapeutic technique. Play therapy is a technique where play is used to help children express their emotions and learn appropriate communication thereof.

Situations where play therapy can be used: 

• Behaviour challenges, 

• Learning of social skills, 

• Divorce and separation, 

• Loss of a loved one, 

• Illness, 

• Hospitalisation, 

• Depression and anxiety, 

• Handling of bully, 

• Adjustment problems, 

• Parent conflict, 

• And so forth. 

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