Hello, my name is Anya O’Hagan.
I am Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa that has been working in private practice six years.
People come to me wanting to change. Contrary to popular belief, we cannot change alone. Carl Rogers said “significant positive personality change does not occur except in a relationship”. In this case, it is the relationship between counsellor and client that generate the conditions for growth which make change possible.
My love affair with Psychology began when I was a young girl, fascinated by the stories of others and driven by an unquenchable desire to know more, understand more, feel more. I spent five years completing my B.Psych equivalent degree before writing the board exam to become a Registered Practitioner.
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death”.
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We aremature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations”.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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