Team

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Mariska van der Meulen

I have always experienced my greatest sense of  accomplishment in helping people deal with challenges. After completing my BLC LLB, this passion led to my completing a Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Pretoria in 2004.  I trained as a counsellor for an NGO,  focusing on marriage and relationship counselling, individual counselling and trauma related counselling for the last 10 years, furthering my passion and knowledge with key courses in trauma counselling and couples therapy. I have been lecturing various modules of Psychology since 2011 - Marriage counselling, Sexual trauma, Personology and Social Psychology.

I regularly host workshops or talks on a variety of subjects from dealing with your teenager, to coping with stress, resolving relationship issues and more.  I am a wife and mother, which gives me deeper insight into my clients’ experiences and challenges.

I am registered with the ASCHP as a Specialist Wellness Counsellor (SWC21/823).

Location:  Rosebank, Jhb and Elarduspark, Pta and Centurion

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Alicia van Vuuren

Alicia Obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at the UCT and has worked as a Clinical Social Worker both nationally and internationally. She is also an accredited Enneagram Practitioner and is currently undertaking her PhD.

Special interests:

  • Couple’s and relationship counselling
  • Teenage counselling
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma
  • Training and Development

Location:  Rosebank, Jhb

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Zinzi Ramatsebo

Zinzi has an Honours degree, Master’s degree and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in social work at WITS. She has a passion for working with people of all ages and has extensive experience in solution focused therapy, task centered therapy and person centred therapy.

Zinzi supervises third year students at the University of Johannesburg and loves sharing her knowledge with others. Zinzi’s special interests are couples therapy, trauma counselling and working with teens and children.

Location:  Rosebank, Jhb

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Charlene Niemand

Charlene is a registered social worker who is currently working towards completing her Master’s degree in Play Therapy at UP. She enjoys working with children, teenagers and the family system as a whole in overcoming various challenges such as trauma, social skills, emotional difficulties, abuse, dealing with parental divorce, death of a loved one, self-esteem, etc.
Charlene value the uniqueness of each child that steps into her office. She believes that it is a privilege to work with, and be allowed inside the world of children and teenagers. Her greatest passion is to help children to overcome the barriers that are holding them back from reaching their full potential. Charlene enjoys to collaborate with parents/caregivers, teachers and other health care professionals in order to best help the child and will give guidance as needed.

Charlene is trained in preforming the OPTIMA school readiness test.
She is fully registered with SACSSP, SACE and BHF.

Location:  PTA, Jhb

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Nadia Townshend

Nadia completed both her psychology undergraduate and Honours degree at the
University of the Witwatersrand. She has over 20 years working experience in
both corporate and NGO sectors, as well as community-based projects. She has
offered both counselling interventions as well as training programs, for
both adults and adolescents from diverse backgrounds throughout Africa.

Special interests:

  • Narcissistic abuse recovery
  • Trauma
  • Complex Trauma
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Addiction

Location:  Rosebank, Jhb

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Jahné Burger

Jahné obtained her degree in Psychology from the University of Pretoria (UP) whereafter she completed her BSoc Science honours degree in Psychology at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP). She’s an energetic counsellor and working with children is her greatest passion in life. She’s currently furthering her studies in Play Therapy at Play Therapy International, which enables her to have theoretical knowledge & practical experience in developing the child socially, emotionally & behavioural through their natural communication medium which is play.

She supports parents in understanding their children and simultaneously improves the parent-child relationships to the fullest. Her goal is to create a safe space for her clients to journey, not only in facing the challenges they are dealing with, but also to experience growth in this process, enabling them to be brave enough to evolve into the ideal person they want to become. She’s also qualified as a Specialist Wellness Counsellor, registered with the ASCHP.

Location:  Rosebank, Jhb

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Elsie Cloete

Elsie completed her Bachelor Degree of Fine Art and Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Pretoria, while working as an Applied Behavioural Analyst for children on the Autism Spectrum and related psychological disorders. Inspired by the growth of her clients,  she further trained to become a Trauma Incident Reduction facilitator and Specialist Wellness Counsellor, working with children from the age of four, teenagers and trauma related distress. She is well versed in supporting children using play therapy techniques and art therapy methods as an age-appropriate approach to counselling children. Elsie believes that every child and family are unique and requires counselling that takes their individual situation into account in an open and non-judgmental space.

Location:  Elarduspark, Pta

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Liezl Camphor

Liezl is a couples, individual and trauma counsellor at the Pretoria office. She believes we are our relationships; We are hard-wired to flourish in relationships that are meaningful. She helps her clients overcome relationship challenges by giving them a new perspective and a fresh paradigm of thinking and feeling – and in so doing, brings about more harmonious and meaningful relationships. It is important to have tools and strategies that can bring perspective to challenging relationships.

She sees therapy as a collaborative process, where therapist and client work together to ensure client goals are met. Liezl has a BCom. Business Management degree from the University of Pretoria as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology from Unisa. She works with clients locally as well as clients in the USA and UK. She’s a Specialist Wellness Counsellor, registered with the ASCHP.

Location:  Elarduspark, Pta