Merle Caminsky is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice since 2008. Merle has diverse experience having worked with children, individual adults, couples and families. She works supportively within a psychoanalytic framework that is client centred and responsive to the needs of her clients. Her practice provides a calm and centred environment to address a range of clinical concerns inclusive of depression, anxiety, addiction and bipolar disorder. Alongside these clinical concerns, Merle works with client’s who face, amongst other things, stresses arising in the workplace, the home environment and in the context of relationship difficulties. Merle has had a long interest in the benefits and practice of meditation which provides a grounding backdrop to her clinical practice. She believes that a goal of therapy is to provide clients with an opportunity to reflect on themselves to develop a deepening self-understanding that transforms life patterns of thinking and feeling.
Merle initially trained and worked as a teacher before lecturing at the University of Durban-Westville. She then went on to complete her Masters in Inter-Disciplinary Arts as a Fulbright student in San Francisco. She completed her Psychology Honours at Wits University and her Masters at the University of Johannesburg (Cum-Laude). Merle interned at a drug rehabilitation centre and completed her community service at Tara Hospital before opening her private practice.