Elza Berk started TherapyNow in February 2022 due to having started her own personal journey when she was 19 years old after having reached her rock bottom with drugs, alcohol and a lifelong eating disorder. She admitted herself to a six month inpatient treatment facility followed by intensive outpatient trauma counseling.
Over the last 24 years she has been counseling at some of the most exclusive rehabilitation centers in South Africa while studying and researching trauma methodologies. She strongly believes in individualized treatment and believes in person centered counseling.
Elza believes that her drug use, alcohol abuse and eating disorder covered up her feelings of depression, anxiety, shame and loneliness. Only once she started allowing herself to become vulnerable and share the pain she felt with another human being, did her difficulties around being intimate and close to people allow her to find belonging within herself.
“I believe in counseling as I have been on the other side. I have felt the resistance and fear knowing you have to lean into the feelings in order to grow. This can only be achieved with a counselor I trusted and connected with. The counseling relationship was the first relationship where I experienced real empathy and understanding. I had someone witness my pain and for the first time I felt safe in that vulnerability.
Through creating TherapyNow I wanted to start changing the narrative around substance abuse, eating disorders as well as mental health. Looking after and investing in your relationship with yourself and those that you choose to have a relationship with should be a human right, and not seen as a luxury. The stigma and shame around mental health needs to change and TherapyNow is here to do that.”
TherapyNow is here to help you make time to invest in the relationship you have with yourself.
The research suggests that online counselling can be just as effective as in-office counselling albeit relatively new in South Africa.
TherapyNow is a safe space for you to speak your story and receive assistance to move through your situation that is negatively impacting you, with freedom and without judgment. Having a personal online counsellor can help you gain a new perspective and find a way forward.
TherapyNow counsellors have experience in one of the most exclusive and innovative inpatient treatment centres in South Africa. Online counselling has become a quick and easy way to get professional mental health counseling services.
Schedule a discreet and secure online session with your dedicated personal counsellors via Zoom, Google Meet or WhatsApp.
- We carefully listen to your story without judgement
- We listen to what you are saying and what you are not saying
- We work through each issue, with you, as it comes up
- We work with you to shift what you want to change
- We do not assume, we simply offer support, guidance & tools
How TherapyNow Can Help You
TherapyNow's skilled and experienced counsellors have an integrated approach using a variety of tools, services, and evidence-based therapies that are designed specifically to support your personal growth journey as an individual.
Why Companies need TherapyNow
Stress and Anxiety have severely increased in the last three years which has led to us at TherapyNow providing an online counselling platform. TherapyNow offers an online platform where clients can reach their counselor via an online platform. At TherapyNow we have been told by our clients that they have experienced a severe decrease in anxiety and depression as they feel less alone and can talk to their counselor from the comfort of their home or even from the car or office.
Our TherapyNow clients spend the majority of their time occupied with work even though they are dealing with depression, loneliness, and anxiety. If these struggles are not addressed productivity in the workplace decreases which can also lead to mood swings, absenteeism, lack of motivation, mental health leave, sick leave, substance dependency, and lack of effective communication between employees.
There is more and more research showing that the companies that invest in their employees’ mental health inspire economic efficiency in their businesses as employees feel supported and worth investing in. Companies can support the mental well-being of their employees by providing them with a confidential space which will lead to a company with happier, well-rounded employees, who are motivated and reliable.
Counselling provides an online platform where employers and employees can learn about communication skills, build on the leadership and gain insight into how to best support and encourage the individuals in their companies to get the help they need.