Therapy Consultations

Nicky Abdinor is a registered Clinical Psychologist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is available for adult individual therapy and is currently working online only in light of COVID-19. Nicky is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA no. PS0087157) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF practice no. 0182524).

Nicky’s therapy areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Depression/Mood Disorders
  • Stress and Burnout (finding work-life balance)
  • Perfectionism, procrastination and work productivity
  • Adjustment to chronic illness, injury and physical disability
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbance
  • Psychological adjustment to life changes
  • Relationship difficulties (from an individual therapy perspective)

Nicky’s primary therapeutic approaches are Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy. Nicky has been fortunate to train with local and international practitioners in the field of CBT and Schema Therapy. Her practice focuses on individual therapy with adults. She refers to trusted colleagues for couple therapy and child/adolescent therapy.


CBT is recognised internationally as effective in treating emotional and behavioural problems including depression (mood disorders) and anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). CBT is a practical and goal-directed therapy with the aim of helping the client to become their own therapist. It is based on the premise that it is not our situation, but how we think about our situation, that determines our emotional well-being. Nicky has completed the Primary and Advanced Practicum in Rational-Emotive Behavioural Therapy (accredited by the Albert Ellis Institute in New York).


Schema Therapy is an integrative therapeutic approach that works well in combination with CBT. It is emotionally-focused and looks at patterns or templates (called Schemas) on how we view ourselves, others and the world based on early childhood experiences. The therapy aims to help us understand how we use coping modes in our life to protect these schemas. Although these coping strategies may have worked well in the past, in our adult life they can often hold us back from being more connected, flexible, adaptive and resilient. Schema therapy aims to help us rely less on maladaptive coping styles (such as avoidance) and strengthen our inner leader who is kind, compassionate and wise. Nicky has a Diploma in Schema Therapy from the South African Institute of Schema Therapy (accredited by the International Society for Schema Therapy).

Consultation fees are in accordance with medical aid rates. Please email Nicky for more information.