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I Got My Covid-19 vaccination plus booster

I Got My Covid-19 vaccination plus booster

In February 2021, I was administered the J and J vaccine as part of the Sisonke project.  This took place at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg - the third biggest hospital in world. As a healthcare worker I was given the vaccine as...

The four things South Africans are obsessed with

The four things South Africans are obsessed with

It was a little over two years ago that I returned to live in Johannesburg after spending most of my adult life abroad — in New York, Berlin and London. I must be in the minority, as most people I encounter want to know "why" as they scamper to find an exit route from...

Getting vaccinated: A therapists account

Getting vaccinated: A therapists account

Early last month (FEB) I registered with the Department of Health on their EVDS portal in advance of the Covid-19 vaccine arriving in South Africa. At the time, I had no idea which manufacturer would be acceptable to the South African authorities. However, just last...

How to survive in January

How to survive in January

“Everyone seems to know someone who is either ill at the moment, recovering from Covid-19 or has recently died. “No one wants to see a family member or friend die or get ill, so this is the cloud that’s hanging over all of us at the moment.” Kallenbach said that...

Counselling in the time of Covid

Counselling in the time of Covid

“I’ve been consulting virtually for awhile now, even prior to lockdown, and use an online platform called Vectera.It has proved invaluable, with the onscreen clarity being superb” says couples’counsellor Dr Michael Kallenbach.S Write down issues or pressure points...

Couples refuse to listen until it’s too late

Couples refuse to listen until it’s too late

I was most interested to read Howard Feldman’s insightful thoughts after the passing of his father in last week’s SA Jewish Report (23 October 2020), titled “That damn kittel”. As a couples therapist, I’m often left wondering why those in a relationship so often...

Why the Covid-19 pandemic has made people look and feel older

Why the Covid-19 pandemic has made people look and feel older

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone – young or old, wherever they live in the world,” Parktown North therapist Michael Kallenbach says. “Any time there is additional or unexpected stress put on someone’s life, this can have an impact on the ageing process....

Unprecedented spike in divorce applications during lockdown

Unprecedented spike in divorce applications during lockdown

“The lockdown had an unusual impact – for good and bad – on people’s relationships and they were faced with problems and situations they never faced before,” Parktown North couples and relationship counsellor Michael Kallenbach explained. “Suddenly you notice that the...

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