Zeenat Osman-Nieftagodien holds an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and is a Registered Counsellor (Independent Practice) (PRC 0015687) and Registered Psychometrist (Independent Practice) (PMT 0088498) with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Zeenat is also a qualified school teacher and has taught locally in various capacities which includes but is not limited to: mentoring university graduates, facilitating introductory courses to school learners and mentoring youths in disadvantaged/underprivileged communities, teaching at local Government school. Zeenat used to work at Hout Bay International School but she she is now permanently with The Claremont Practice.
Zeenat completed her Counselling internship at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children which manifested her interest in child development through all life phases, providing trauma counselling and providing general psycho-education to both parents and their children. Drawing on her acquired skills in the field of education she, furthermore, has a special interest in the school careers of individuals and with her Psychometric internship training obtained at the Claremont Practice is able to provide services regarding psychometric testing to facilitate decisions in accordance with school readiness, subject choice and possible learning difficulties.
Zeenat started and managed the children’s counselling division at Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women and Children. She facilitated the monitoring and evaluation of the program, conducted the counselling for the onsite and walk-in clients and also performed all administrative duties for the program. She had a few interns under her wing while she was at SBCWC and also provided all Media support (including Television and Radio Interviews).
After working at SBCWC, she started at HBIS, creating and managing the counselling division (Guidance and Careers counselling). She also teaches PSHE and is the CAS coordinator as well. Her time at Claremont practice and SBCWC, greatly advanced her knowledge in the counselling and pscyhometry realm, which has significantly positively impacted her knowledge and skill set to assist the students and parents at HBIS.
With her keen interest in community psychology and youth development, she was involved with the Mustadafin Foundation where she assists in a volunteer capacity. Her duties include several key areas such as: Programme Developer (in the foundation stage of development focusing on Quality of Life and Study skills), Prospective Researcher (focussing on current programme effectiveness of the mentoring programme), Counsellor, Mentor (current school programme running at Edendale Primary) and Fundraising. She still maintains several connections to community projects.
Recently, Zeenat re-joined Claremont Practice and aims to assist with all areas of expertise. She aims to assist those in need as well as to embrace the new online platforms to allow for more scope in offering services to allow for a wider audience and wider reach.
Other areas of interest include drug abuse counselling, sexual abuse counselling, play therapy, skills training, family counselling, parenting guidance, mentoring and Board examination preparations.