Yvette Erasmus, PsyD. LP
Enjoy healthy, enlivening and satisfying relationships with yourself and others.
Let’s transform any self-destructive patterns you may have, into deeper connection, meaning and purpose.
Would you like to …
- Understand yourself and others more deeply?
- Transform blame and shame into compassion and healing?
- Live into your deepest values with confidence and clarity from your loving, strong inner spirit?
My educational programs, group coaching and personal sessions will give you a welcoming, non-judgmental space where you’ll feel empowered and inspired to develop your inner strength and authentic self.
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.
Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
I grew up living in the spaces between cultures, on the edges, holding opposites.
Born during Apartheid to white South African parents, my father worked as a diplomat for the government, while my mother actively critiqued it.
Growing up between cultures straddling divergent ideologies, I quickly learned that rules for “right and wrong” behavior depended on whose perspective you took and which culture you inhabited.
This began my deeper search for universal principles that transcend and include diversity and the rich variety of human expression on our planet.
I’ve been searching for what’s at the essence of being human (and what it takes for us to live in peace together without losing our individuality) for as long as I can remember.
Over the years, the collective knowledge drawn from multiple cultures has illuminated my path, opened my heart, reconnected me to myself and others, and given me a deep sense of purpose and meaning.
Currently, my work is trauma-informed, grounded in developmental growth and learning processes, and infused with the principles and practices of nonviolence and compassion.
Here is a list of the core principles that deeply inform and guide the way I work and the programs I teach.
I work with life-long learners who believe in the value and power of kind and honest human relationships.
If you’re looking for more inner peace, deeper connections and want to use your life energy to contribute to a more compassionate world, I’d love to work with you.
You’re welcome here.
The Three Relationships
Your Relationship with Self
We begin with ourselves, transforming a legacy of self-doubt, self-sabotage and self-judgment into self-confidence, self-trust and self-compassion.
I am inherently good.
Your Relationship with Others
As we heal the spaces within ourselves, our relationships also change. Together, we work on transforming power-struggles into collaboration, conflict into intimacy and greater trust and disconnection into connection.
I am part of the whole.
Your Relationship with Meaning and Purpose
Having a clear connection to your sense of meaning and purpose is integral to your well-being. Let’s reconnect with your inner authority and wisdom so that you can make a meaningful difference in the world.
I make a difference.
Credentials and Influences
So well trained! (tail wag!)
Masters of Education, Secondary Education
Masters of Science, Clinical Psychology
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
Frameworks I’ve sought out deeper training in: Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Integral Theory, Integral Psychology, Integral Facilitation, Relational Life Training (RLT), Mind-Body Medicine Groups, Food as Medicine, Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience (DARe)
People who have influenced my path: Richard Rudd, Parker Palmer, Marshall Rosenberg, Terry Real, Esther Perel, Brene Brown, Charles Eisenstein, Caroline Myss, Ken Wilber, Richard Schwartz, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Carl Rogers, Peter Levine, Diane Musho Hamilton
And many, many more