Marelé has been practicing as occupational therapist for the past 18 years. After graduating as an Occupational Therapist in 2000, she became increasingly aware of children’s need for emotional support in her clinical work. Since play is a child’s natural form of communication and learning, she undertook further studies in play therapy and received her post graduate diploma in play therapy, with honours, in 2002. She has been an advocate for the use of play as a means towards emotional and mental well being, in occupational therapy, ever since.
She has worked for the Departments of Health and Education, as well as in private practice. Her work experience also includes lecturing at the Department of Occupational Therapy (UFS), specifically on the use of play as a means towards emotional well-being, in occupational therapy. During the 2011-2015 she was actively involved in providing occupational therapy group services in a private psychiatric clinic, where she facilitated adult, adolescent and children’s groups. At the age of 40, her inner child is still very much alive and playing! She is in her element when on the floor with a child, engaging in meaningful play.
B. Occupational Therapy (UFS) 2000 – (Cum Laude)
Post Graduate Diploma: Play Therapy (UFS) 2002 (Cum Laude)