Dr Barbara Louw works as a Traumatologist, registered wellness- and pastoral counsellor. Her professional registration falls under ASCHP (Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners) and ACRP (Association of Christian Religious Practitioners).
Her postgraduate studies included an investigation of the use narrative therapy with victims of sexual violations (Master’s in Sociology at COU) and posttraumatic embitterment disorder (PhD in Management of Counselling at Azteka University). As a renowned author, speaker and training facilitator, Dr Barbara started her journey in the helping profession as an ordained minister.
Sheco- started a non-profit organisation, Inter Trauma Nexus, in 1998 with the sole purpose of bringing hope to victims of crime.
Dr Barbara is a BACA (Board for the Affiliation of Counselling Associations) board member and certified CPD facilitator and she ensures the improvement of industry wide standards and skills through extensive CPD workshops. As a faculty member of Liedani cc as DaVinci Institute research associate, Dr Barbara is involved with the development of new qualifications.
In her capacity as trauma relief facilitator and strategic advisor to the NAA-SA (National Accommodation Association – South Africa) Dr Barbara continues to assist community members and tourists who are affected by crime and trauma in South Africa. Dr Barbara also invests a portion of her time pro-bono in several local church and community projects.
Dr Barbara has been a training evaluation advisor for several corporate clients in the field of emergency response, including Trigger SA. Other long-term corporate clients include the Foschini Group, Railway Furnishers, and Brenner Mills. Her business services and training company, Aquilla Advisors cc, has been a member of the CCBC (Capital City Business Chamber) for over ten years.
Through her private practice, Aquilla Wellness Solutions, Dr Barbara developed Kailo Soothing Oils and Kailo Movement Programme to assist people to reduce sensory trauma in their bodies. Dr Barbara and her team of experts continue to develop and improve on these programmes to better assist the needs of her clients. In the process of completing her postgraduate studies, Dr Barbara developed numerous therapeutic tools with the aim of assisting therapists and counsellors, as well as other professional people in the helping professions, to guide their clients to identify their emotions. These therapeutic tools also assist people to grow towards enhanced wellness. Dr Barbara authored several books with a similar aim. The latest publication by Dr Barbara is entitled “Roots and All – dealing with posttraumatic embitterment’.
Her continued dedication to lifelong learning sees her pursuing a second doctoral degree focusing on wellbeing and folk medicine.
(Compiled by: Aquilla Advisors)
A personal note
She ascribes her success to a calling from God and a huge portion of grace and mercy. Teamwork is a key element in working with people, especially in challenged communities. In an era where services to people is fractured and takes place in isolated pockets, she appeals on people’s goodwill and advocates for working together to achieve synergy. “Together we can make a lasting difference”.
"An eagle is an important symbol in my life. In this picture I tried to capture the idea of a eagle that was chained to a very short peg and then the clips that held the brace in place goes loose. It is may purpose and passion to help people get rid of the things that bind and limit them. By the grace of God people can get rid of the issues, limitations and pain of the past and fly higher that they ever did before."