Dr. JP Arzul, Ph.D. (SA)

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Dr. JP Arzul, Ph.D. (SA) - Clinical Psychologist

Dr. JP Arzul, Ph.D. (SA)

Clinical Psychologist

Individual short and long term psychotherapy for adults. Services offered in English.

My therapeutic approach

Therapy is a very personal experience and I focus on creating a warm, safe and supportive environment. Psychotherapy is often entered into after a difficulty has become impossible to manage on your own, or if you are going through a challenging time. At this point, you often feel overwhelmed and stuck. Therapy aims to alleviate this distress by working through the problem. This means that we will talk about what has brought you to therapy and explore internal conflicts, thinking and feeling patterns, and relationship dynamics.

My areas of competence include:

It will also be useful to examine if certain past experiences may be influencing the problem, and if so, to bring these into present awareness, analyse them, and develop fresh insights. This process will contribute to a greater sense of agency, achievement, and help you in becoming unstuck. Our work together aims to improve your ability to move in the world more seamlessly and effectively.

I primarily draw from psychodynamic theory. This theoretical framework understands the interaction of various conscious and unconscious mental and emotional processes to influence personality, behavior, and attitudes. In-depth talk therapy encourages you to speak freely about anything that comes to mind, including current issues, thoughts, feelings, fears, and dreams. Although working from a psychodynamic perspective, I do include other approaches if required. For example, OCD responds well to CBT with exposure and response prevention.

Our work together aims to improve your ability to move in the world more seamlessly and effectively.

My qualifications:
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2005. I also hold a doctorate of Psychology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa). I am licensed as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Dubai Health Authority.

I have worked in private practice and as an external consultant at a number of clinics for the last 16 years. My client base includes a broad range of nationalities and a wide range of psychological difficulties.

I am licensed with:


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Emotional Wellbeing Check

An Emotional Wellbeing Check is a 30 minute consultation to give you an overview of how you are doing with your psychological wellbeing. It will highlight key areas of your wellness and give an indication as to whether there are any areas of your life that would benefit from some attention. Like any other health check up, an emotional wellbeing check is an important part of staying on top of your mental health. With no commitment to engaging in regular therapy, this service offers a useful measure of your overall emotional wellbeing.

When might an emotional wellbeing check be beneficial?

  • Something feels “off”, but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is
  • You are considering embarking on therapy, but you remain uncertain as to whether this would be beneficial for you
  • You have a history of mental health difficulties and want to stay on top of your emotional wellbeing

Following the wellbeing check you will be provided with a brief summary report with recommendations from Dr Shamarel. As this is not a service that insurance companies typically reimburse for, you will not be given a formal diagnosis.