Cassandra is a clinical psychologist who completed her undergraduate and postgraduate clinical psychology training at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Following this, she worked independently in various psychology settings such as university lecturing, private practice, corporate wellness and mental health advocacy. From here, she joined Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without borders) as a Mental Health Supervisor for the Migrant Project.
Ms Govender adapts the therapeutic approach to individual presentations, needs and goals working to develop a safe space for communication and healing. She is primarily psychodynamic by training, but also integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), mentalisation and mindfulness principles into her work.
Cassandra has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families from diverse cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds. She has supported a range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, physical expressions of psychological distress, emotional regulation difficulties, interpersonal and relational difficulties, and psychosis.