About Me

Stacey Cohen



  • BA (WITS)
  • BA. Hons. Psychology (WITS)
  • M.Ed. Psychology (WITS)
  • HPCSA Registered: PS 0135127
  • Griffiths-III Registration (ARICD): 1891


About Me and Budding Minds

I chose to call my practice Budding Minds as the name itself is very symbolic to my mission. My aim as an Educational Psychologist is to help children, adolescents, parents and families to grow into the best versions of themselves. I have a special interest in learning and development, and how this affects an individual’s overall function. I believe that learning and development are the roots that help children to grow and so my mission is to help create a healthy system for them to do so.

Additionally, I am trained to assess cognitive, academic, emotional functioning, and apply psychological interventions to enhance learning and development. This can be achieved through psycho-educational assessments, or through therapeutic interventions, such as play therapy. I am trained to identify barriers to learning and how to provide the necessary interventions related to this.

In 2017, I completed my research on how Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can affect the family with specific interest in the sibling. 

I am also currently providing on-site therapeutic services at Amedeo College

My special interests are:

  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem
  • Bullying
  • Adjustments
  • Parent guidance
    • Pregnancy loss/infertility
    • Positive parenting
    • Post natal depression
  • ADHD
  • Assessments
  • Dealing with divorce
  • Identity
  • Depression
  • Learner support
  • Study Skills


  • Play therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Under 5 Therapy
  • Assessments
  • Learner Support
  • Workshops
  • Parent guidance


Kayleigh Luntz

Kayleigh Luntz


  • BA (WITS)
  • BA Hons. Psychology (WITS)
  • PGCE Foundation Phase (UNISA)
  • Community Art Counselling (Lefika La Phodiso)
  • M.Ed Psychology (UJ)
  • HPCSA registered: PS 0147966
  • Practice number: PR 0953873

As an Educational Psychologist my passion lies in working with children and their families. My aim is to create a safe space for my clients by working holistically to meet their individual needs. My interests include child psycho-social development and learning, parental guidance and psychotherapy.

After graduating from Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Johannesburg I completed my internship at the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre. This offered me an invaluable experience in working with a diverse range of clients and mental health issues. Through my training I have developed an integrative approach to therapy.

I predominantly work with children and adolescents. Together we build a  safe and containing  space in which they can express themselves. Through play I try understand a child’s internal experience and their needs. I work closely with parents to gain insight into their children’s emotional and behavioural development.

I am also trained in conducting full psycho-educational assessments that give insight into cognitive, emotional and academic development of children. Assessments aim to identify barriers to learning and put necessary interventions in place.

My special interests are:

  • Child development
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Parental guidance
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Separation anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Self esteem
  • Bullying
  • Behavioral issues 

Services provided are:

  • Play therapy
  • Under 5 therapy
  • Individual adolescent therapy
  • Individual adult therapy
  • Psycho Educational Assessments
  • Learner Support
  • Parent guidance