My name is Elsa Pieterse. I recently graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology in May of 2020 and proceeded to work in a therapy center for children with autism. As much as I loved that path and completely respect those with whom I worked, I decided to move on and join Guillaume Marriage and Family counseling so I could merge my love for my faith and for helping others through difficult times in their lives. As a child of not only an immigrant but of divorced parents, I myself had in my past found the need for counseling and grew up knowing that I wanted to help others the way I myself had been helped through the tougher times.
My father is from Botswana and my husband just recently has moved here from South Africa, so I love my culture from that side of the family. We all get together to watch rugby, cook potjies (a version of stew cooked in a cast iron pot), braai (bar-b-que), and mingle as an Afrikaans community here in Houston. My mom’s side of the family however is from pretty much the opposite side of the world, Minnesota. Growing up the differences in culture on the two sides of my family created a rift that eventually led to my parent’s divorce and my introduction into the world of marriage and family counseling. The help I received through my parents divorce and later in life as I struggled again in my high school years to navigate the world of divorce, led me to my interest in psychology which guided my next four years into college as a psychology major.
When it comes to my relationships, I have always been the planner, the organizer, the shoulder to lean on, and “the mother” of the group. I love to read, watch movies, figure out new recipes, and have heart to hearts with those that I love. Through my experiences with those that I have encountered along the way as passing friendships, relationships, or relationships that have stayed I have seen that all the obstacles that we face daily become much easier if you have a helping hand there beside you. I want to be that helping hand for others, I want to be the person who is able to help you take the steps to find the hope and healing and support in your life. I hope through having help as I had you can find the peace, love, and healing that I have found in my life.