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Dr Eugene Viljoen has been in private practice since 1992 and registered with the HPCSA as a Clinical Psychologist. He trained as a Clinical Psychologist and finished an internship at the Dept of Psychiatry at 1 Military Hospital, where a special interest developed in medical psychology and the sexual rehabilitation of injured war veterans. This period was followed with a short-sponsored internship at the Masters and Johnson Institute (Sexual Health) in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Apart from the clinical work done, he is the Past President of the Southern Africa Sexual Health Association (SASHA), served on the advisory boards of Pfizer & Bayer Pharmaceutical companies, and previously on the scientific advisory board of the World Association for Sexology. He also acted as the Secretary for the African Federation for Sexual Health and Sexual Rights for four years. He is currently on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Several international invitations as a lecturer in Sexology were fulfilled in Italy, Tunis, Canada, Cuba, Kenya and South Africa. Eugene was certified as a Sexologist after completing all the requirements and examination, through the Academic Board of the European Federation of Sexology and the European Society for Sexual Medicine in 2014.
In South Africa, he has lectured at different Universities to medical and postgraduate students. He is a contributor to publications in the popular media relating to Sexual Health, as well as television inserts concerning documentaries (Carte Blanche, Sex etc.. on MNET) and live talk shows on South African television. He was included as a contributor in the latest publication from Struik Publishers on the profiling of sex offenders.
- (B.Sc) Psychology, Human Physiology
- (B.Sc. Hons) Physiology & Biochemistry
- (B.Sc. Hons) Psychology
- (M.Sc.) Clinical Psychology
- Diplomas: – Forensic Aviation Medicine and Psychology (University of Southern California) 1985– Clinical Hypnosis (University of South Africa) 1988– Human Sexology (Masters and Johnson, USA) 1987– Psycho-Neurology and Assessment (University of South Africa) 1988– Pre Doctoral Certificate (University of South Africa) 1990– Sexual Medicine (ISSM) 2014
Eugene Viljoen's area of expertise:
Psychotherapy is provided as a primary form of treatment for personality disorders, which are characterized by maladaptive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaviour that persist over time. Various psychotherapeutic approaches are utilized to address the specific symptoms and underlying causes of different personality disorders.
For example, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is effective in treating borderline personality disorder, focusing on emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) targets problematic thinking patterns in disorders such as narcissistic or obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
Additionally, psychodynamic therapy explores unconscious conflicts and longstanding patterns in disorders like avoidant or dependent personality disorder. Psychotherapy for personality disorders aims to promote self-awareness, develop healthier coping skills, improve social functioning, and enhance overall well-being.
Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar disorders
Psychotherapy, in addition to Psychiatric treatment, is an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. It involves a collaborative process between a trained therapist and an individual experiencing these mental health conditions. In the case of depression, psychotherapy helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns, explore underlying emotions, and develop coping skills.
For anxiety disorders, therapy focuses on reducing excessive worry, managing physical symptoms, and addressing underlying worries. In bipolar disorder, psychotherapy aims to manage mood fluctuations, enhance medication adherence, and establish healthy routines. Various evidence-based modalities, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy, are commonly utilized to address these specific conditions.
Psychotherapy has been shown to reduce symptom severity, enhance coping skills, and improve overall functioning in individuals with these psychiatric disorders.
Psycho-sexology, an interdisciplinary field combining elements of psychology and sexual medicine, focuses on the psychological aspects of human sexuality. This field examines the intersections of biology, psychology, and social factors that influence sexual behaviour, attitudes, and functioning. Psycho-sexologists aim to evaluate and address sexual dysfunctions, disorders, sexual identity and conflicts through assessment, diagnosis, and therapy.
They employ a variety of techniques, including psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and interpersonal therapy, to help individuals and couples overcome obstacles that may interfere with their sexual wellness and satisfaction. Psycho-sexology provides a comprehensive approach that recognizes the complex nature of human sexuality and aims to improve sexual health, well-being, and overall quality of life.
Also known as couples therapy or marriage counseling, is a form of psychotherapy that aims to improve and resolve issues within romantic relationships. This specialized form of therapy focuses on enhancing communication, strengthening emotional bonds, and resolving conflicts between partners.
Relationship therapists employ various techniques and strategies such as active listening, mediation, and problem-solving exercises to facilitate understanding and promote healthy relationship dynamics. Additionally, they may address specific issues such as infidelity, trust issues, or sexual dissatisfaction.
The ultimate goal of relationship therapy is to help couples develop and maintain satisfying and fulfilling relationships while equipping them with the necessary tools for effective problem-solving and conflict resolution.