About My Background

Prior to training as a psychologist I worked as a counsellor and trainer for many years for The Compassionate Friends, a self-help organisation for bereaved parents and siblings. Subsequently I've had a great deal of experience working at a number of clinics in various underprivileged communities, as well as visiting far-flung communities with Phelophepa Train. At present I am still involved with The Compassionate Friends and I have also been involved in training at a number of organisations and universities.

Other areas that are of interest to me are loss in general, adjustment to changing life circumstances, such as those through illness, which can lead to anxiety and depression. In the area of relationships, I have a particular interest in Imago Therapy, while the use of the Enneagram has been of value in the area of personal growth and self-awareness. My experience in the area of HIV/AIDS has been extensive, both as counsellor, therapist and also as trainer in the area of Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT).

Academic Qualifications

2004 D. Litt. Et Phil. (Psych.) (RAU)
2002 M.A. (Psych) Cum Laude (RAU)
1988 B.A. Hons. (UNISA)
1982 B.A. (UNISA)

Professional Registration

I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Clinical Psychologist (PS). My practice number is 0204390


Pretorius, H.G., Lydall, A.M., Mohamed-Patel, R., Rikhotso, A. & Evans, G. (2003). From learner to therapist: a story of transcendence and transformation. Health SA Gesondheid, 10(1), 62-71.

Lydall, A.M. (2003). Straddling the divide: Recounting a personal story of integration. Rand Afrikaans University. Unpublished Paradigm paper.

Lydall, A.M. (2004). The meaning of parental bereavement. Rand Afrikaans University: Unpublished Masters Dissertation.

Lydall, A.M. (2004). Give sorrow words: The meaning of parental bereavement. Rand Afrikaans University: Unpublished Doctoral Thesis

Lydall, A.M., Pretorius, H.G & Stuart, A.D. (2005). Give sorrow words. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, (5)2. www.ipjp.org.