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Kerry Acheson
Misha-Joy Clark
Itumeleng Faku
Courtney Rose Fowles
Jetara Ross
Michelle Smit
Claire Strohbach
Nirveda Moodley
Bryony Niemann
Rina van der Watt
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Kerry Acheson

Kerry Acheson M.A.

PGCE, M.A. (Couns. Psych.) (Rhodes)
HPCSA Reg No: PS0106321

I am a registered counselling psychologist and life coach practicing in the West Coast and Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. 

People consult me for a broad variety of concerns, and I enjoy the variety of working with children, teens and adults. It is a privilege and blessing to be able to connect deeply with others on their journey towards change. I am passionate about creating a supportive and empowering space for people, a space in which healing, learning and growth can take place. I see myself as a co-traveller, walking with people on their road towards increased connection, purpose, well-being, and joy. I understand that the road is often fraught with challenges and that it takes courage to step out onto this journey with a stranger, and so I am committed to conducting my practice with integrity, compassion and respect.

I am contracted with most medical aids. Online sessions are available upon request, where appropriate. 

For more information about how I work, visit

To enquire, contact me at [email protected]... I look forward to hearing from you.
Misha-Joy Clark

Misha-Joy Clark M.A.

I am formally trained as Clinical Psychologist, and am currently based in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).

My special interests are in children, adolescents, Mindfulness/Meditation and Art therapy. I have completed several additional courses to supplement my degree in the latter areas. I completed my Art therapy training at Flourish (Chicago based art therapy center), where I gained theoretical and practical knowledge. I also have a Community Arts Counsellor qualification from Lefika Arts Therapy Centre (Johannesburg).

I am a qualified Vinyasa Yoga teacher, registered with The International Yoga Alliance.

I have a piece of paper saying that I am a Mindfulness Practitioner, but I also practice meditation in my own life.

Finally, I have given myself permission to call myself an aspiring Artist.

SA area: Plettenberg Bay

Available online: Yes

About Me:

Hello there you beautiful human! I am Misha-Joy. I am a fellow human on this journey we call ‘life’. I have my own sufferings, too. Yes, even therapists struggle. But on my path I have found some things that have helped me, and maybe they can help you too.

I believe we are made to connect. We relate, therefore we are. We seek this out from the start, and somewhere it gets complicated and hard. Somewhere we disconnect. From our true selves, our bodies, from others, from nature, from our environments. One of the keys to cope with the suffering this path brings is to re-connect.

Unfortunately (or fortunately!), the lotus only grows in the mud. Let me be there with you in the mud, until you see the lotus open again.  

How I work:

I was trained psychodynamically, and generally work within this theoretical framework. This means that I work with the client to gain deeper understanding of their own minds, emotions, and how they relate to others. Often we need an ‘other’ to help us understand the strong forces that drive us, which canbe confusing. This being said, I find a holistic and multi-faceted approach to wellness is the way to go. We cannot isolate one aspect of ourselves from another, for this means to disconnect. To disconnect means to suffer. Hence I work from a holistic framework, incorporating my formal training and clinical experience with my own personal studies and practices (not to say that these haven’t been backed by much research and ancient knowledge!). I work with spirit, mind, emotions and body.

My role is to help individuals understand and explore their inner selves, assist with diagnosis of mental disorders and relieve psychological distress. I desire to help individuals become more adaptive in their lives, form healthy relationships with those around them and to ultimately achieve a sense of self, a sense of identity and of peace.

Therapies I use and related interests:

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained psychologist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Psychodynamic psychotherapy  is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.

Mindfulness based therapy and meditation

This is a form of psychotherapy which focuses on improving the way we relate to ourselves and the world. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Instead of allowing your life to pass by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. It helps one to develop an “inner observer”, a part of ourselves that can step back and reflect. This helps us to not act out on our emotions or thoughts, which often causes dis-ease and suffering. It also teaches us to be more in touch with ourselves and how we think/feel. However, this is often very difficult to achieve, and mediation can be the opposite of blissful and peaceful. This is why I believe it is a good idea to start with a trained professional who can assist you through the difficult and confusing feelings that may arise.

Expressive Arts Therapies

It is only through being creative that the individual discovers the self”– Donald Winnicott

This is a relatively new form of therapy in South Africa, which combines the use of art materials, sound, or movement to help express what is sometimes too difficult to express in words. It also aids in helping the client access the underlying or unconscious feelings and experiences he/she may not ordinarily be able to access. This is a complex process and is not simply ‘making art’ or playing with paint. Works created, or even merely the process of creating, are used as symbols and vehicles which carry messages to be interpreted by a qualified psychologist. Please know that you do not have to be an artist/have an artistic background. This is not about creating a pretty picture, it is about the process. Art therapy has strong ties to neurological research and is scientifically proven to increase positive brain activity.

Art therapy works particularly well with children and adolescents, who often have not fully developed the capacity to verbalize and understand their internal worlds. However, it has also been proven to work with adults and the elderly.

Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

This is a dyadic method used to work with children (under the age of five) and their mothers. Fathers, you are welcome too! It is premised with the aim of improving the parent-infantrelationship and promoting infant attachment and optimal infantdevelopment. The aims are not only to meet the immediate presenting problems in the baby or toddler, but also to help the parent and child feel more positively about themselves and their relationship. 

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

I offer play therapy for children between the ages of five and twelve. Children communicate in a different manner than adults, as they use non-verbal means to express themselves. For this reason, it is important that when dealing with children we enter their world at their level of communication. I integrate parental counselling with play therapy as we believe that it is vital that parents are supported and given the necessary skills and understanding to develop an improved relationship with their children.

From age twelve, children begin to use play less as a communicative tool. Thus I offer therapy to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Adolescence is a tumultuous time for both the teen and the family, with frequent dilemmas, conflicts and unexplained emotions. Parent sessions may also be included in order to assist the entire family.

Yoga and movement

I completed my 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with East-and-West Yoga in Ubud, Bali, 2018. Yoga means ‘’unity’’, which again brings us back to connection. Yoga helps us connect to our bodies, minds, souls, and to our community. It brings us back to ourselves. No, it is not all graceful poses and deep breathing. It is a daily journey of ups and downs, and some days I have found myself simply sitting and weeping, while other days I have felt so light and flexible I thought I should take up dancing. It’s all a part of it. 

When to seek help:

I believe you will innately or intuitively know when you need to seek help. Something will feel amiss, and despite your best efforts it has not ‘come right’. Simply put, when you can no longer function relationally, socially, emotionally, behaviorally, or at work – you may need some help! Therapy is not only for those struggling with serious mental illness. Therapy can be used by every individual on this earth. We all need help to learn about ourselves and to grow; and we all suffer and struggle.

People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.

Itumeleng Faku

Itumeleng Faku MSc 

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (University of Limpopo)

I am Itumeleng Faku, a registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice. I am based primarily in Pretoria.

Therapeutic method: Family Systems trained - with interest in psychodynamic, CBT and existential approaches.

Area of expertise: Family therapy; child and adult individual therapy; psychological assessments.

Office tel. - 012 003 6484
Bank Towers, 190 Thabo Sehume Street, Pretoria

Therapeutic Statement: "I use an approach that seeks to helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units, where many issues are likely to begin"

Works online:  Yes
Courtney Rose Fowles

Courtney Rose Fowles M.Soc.Sc. 

M.Soc.Sc. Counselling Psychology (Cum Laude) (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
B.A. Honours Psychology (Cum Laude) (Rhodes University)

“I am not what has happened to me. I am who I choose to become” – Carl Jung

I am a registered Counselling Psychologist based in the Southern Peninsula, Cape Town. I offer psychotherapy to adolescents (14+), adults, and couples.

My therapeutic approach is rooted in integration, which honours brain, mind, and body connection as ways of accessing the source of the problem. I am classically trained in talk therapy from a psychodynamic perspective which I integrate with a neurotherapy known as eye movement integration (EMI) whilst holding somatic space for embodiment. This allows healing to take place on all levels; brain, mind and body, fostering a deep integration for your wellbeing.

Feeling vulnerable when choosing and starting therapy is part of the process. It takes courage to be vulnerable and I acknowledge that. My space is safe and private space and focused on your healing journey. Finding the right therapist for you is important as it is the relationship in therapy where all the magic happens. If something about me resonates with you feel free to make contact and let’s see if this is the right fit for you and your needs. If not I am happy to help refer you to a colleague I think would suit you.

I offer online sessions via zoom and face-to-face sessions at Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, Cape Town. You can get hold of me via email: [email protected] or phone: 0641851520

Who do I see?

- Adolescents (14+)

- Adults

- Couples


What do I work with?

- Anxiety

- Depression

- Trauma

- Personal growth

- Self-worth

- Adjustment problems

- Anger management

- Addiction

- Sexuality

Area in South Africa: Kommetjie, Cape Town
Works online: Yes

Jetara Ross

 Jetara Ross M.Soc.Sci.

MSocSc: Social Policy & Management (Cum Laude) (University of Cape Town); BSocSc (Hons): Social Policy & Management (Cum Laude) (University of Cape Town); BSW: Social Work (Cum Laude) (University of Cape Town)

I am a Social Worker who has worked significantly with youth, young adults and families experiencing various mental health, emotional and life-adjustment issues. 

I offer mainly supportive, individual counselling services in a neutral, non-judgmental, and safe therapeutic space to help clients find clarity and direction in order to face life's challenges and difficulties as they navigate the huge shift between childhood and adulthood. Some of these issues include parents who are separating, academic pressures, struggles with anxiety and depression, sexuality and relationship difficulties.
Where possible, I like to introduce animal assisted interventions into the therapeutic process.

I also offer mediation services to parents and assist with drawing up and registering parenting plans.

I offer online counselling and consultations.

My rooms are located in Bellville, Cape Town
Michelle Smit

Michelle Smit M.A.

About me:
I am fluent in both English and Afrikaans. I obtained my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with the Pearson Institute and am currently completing my Doctorate degree in Psychology with UNISA.  

About my practice:

I offer online sessions, and these sessions can be after-hours as well as on weekends.  I am based in Noordhoek, Cape Town.


I recently wrote an article and was published in The South African Psychiatry magazine, which can be seen here:

I have a website:

Therapeutic approach

My passion is within the field of addiction care. I have worked within multidisciplinary teams at in-patient facilities caring for patients that have both substance and process addiction. These addictions range from; alcohol, prescription tablets, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines to shopping, gaming, and gambling to name a few. In addition, many of the patients I have treated over the years have a dual diagnosis. Often, addiction is comorbid with a psychiatric diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders or mood disorders. 

Addiction itself is complex and each patient is unique in their experiences. As such, my approach is holistic in that I consider various components such as developmental history, environmental contexts, and medical histories.

Individual therapy
Couples therapy

Available for online therapy: Yes
Area in South Africa: Noordhoek, Cape Town
Claire Strohbach

Claire Strohbach M.A.

MA Clin. Psych. Unisa.

SA area: Glencairn Heights, Cape Town
Work online: Yes

Relationship/couples counselling, self esteem/personal growth through life transitions/working towards wellbeing, managing anxiety and depression/trauma and bereavement counselling.

Therapeutic approach:

My overall focus is on providing an empathetic space within which to provide guidance and support in dealing with life challenges; assistance in renewing the way one looks at life, working on creating mental disciplines and behavioural changes which enhance self esteem and relationship connections.My background training was in ecosystemic thinking, family and narrative therapy. It is of course however life that is our greatest teacher.

Over many years now through both professional experience, exposure to other approaches and personal experience I continue to integrate all that I learn and essentially continue to evolve an eclectic style of psychotherapy where my clients needs are paramount. More recently I am influenced by the CBT approach and the field of Positive Psychology which focuses on building up strengths and resources. 

Nirveda Moodley

Nirveda Moodley M.A.

BSc, Honours (Psychology), Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion

Higher Education Diploma (HED)

MA Clinical Psychology

Available on Skype: Yes

SA area: Gauteng

Main focus areas

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy

Neurological Assessments

Personality Assessments

Intelligence Testing

Vocational Assessments


  • Adjustment problems and stress related difficulties

  • Health psychology

  • Weight management e.g. insulin resistance and weight loss

  • Disruptive behaviour

  • Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • PTSD

I am a registered clinical psychologist and life coach in private practice. My services provide a cost-effective quality psychotherapeutic intervention for children, adolescents and adults.

My aim is to enable individuals to overcome psychological challenges and grow into healthy individuals with a strong and integrated sense of identity. My training has provided me with a platform to transform the human psyche, into fully functioning and life embracing beings. My goal is one of developing the self and other. Furthermore, extensive training and life experiences have benefited me with qualities of compassion, patience, tolerance and empathy for other individuals. I believe that there is a strong healing potential in psychotherapy. My focus is on working with systems that an individual is embedded in and relationships.

I work collaboratively with my clients by creating a context for change. The therapeutic context is based upon conditions of unconditional positive regard and empathy. I attempt to facilitate healing through a process of genuine dialogue with my clients. I work within a systems model but use techniques from various schools of thought.

Bryony Niemann

Bryony Niemann M.Psych.

M.Psych. (U.W.C.), B.A. Hons. (Stell.)

I work most often with anxiety, depression, anger and self esteem issues. I enjoy life transition work and general personal growth. I am also passionate about women’s health. 

Therapeutic Style

I favour a psychodynamic thinking and working style. Psychodynamic therapy emphasises building an individual’s insight into his/her problems, by raising self-awareness and self-knowledge. Insight helps provide understanding of the cause and effect relationship between past experiences and present behaviours. You may feel like you keep making the same mistakes over and over, or find you end up in the same dysfunctional relationship patterns. Or you may feel like you make choices that seem right at the time, but your life isn’t panning out the way you want it to. You may not want to get stuck in therapy rehashing your childhood endlessly, so learning to connect your own experiences with repetitive behaviours you engage in in the present is the most helpful tool. Old behaviours may have provided comfort, security and support to your younger self, but may no longer serve you in the best way possible in your adult life and may even create negative consequences that cause conflict in your current relationships. In a nutshell, feeling stuck in a rut and not knowing how you got there, or how to get out, can be a great starting place for a therapeutic journey.

The addition of CBT techniques can help identify distorted or negative core beliefs (e.g. feeling “not good enough”) by targeting repetitive, critical automatic thoughts and their accompanying emotional responses. Mindfulness is a helpful accompaniment to this work, by learning to creating a gap between automatic/dysfunctional thoughts and feelings. In this gap it is possible to pause, reflect and make informed, mature decisions in line with your values and life goals.

Therapy is also a process of gradually building up awareness and a clear understanding of your unique personality. I imagine this as if you were writing your own user manual – a comprehensive account of your characteristic strengths, flaws and idiosyncrasies. A guide like this can pave the way for taking care of yourself by learning how to best meet your own needs.

I believe the therapist’s role in psychotherapy is to be a companion or guide, rather than the driver or leader. It is important for you to feel safe and supported to make better life choices. This will happen by trial and error, which I believe it best facilitated by learning to laugh at ourselves when we fall, fail and struggle. While psychotherapy can support serious mental health troubles, it can also be a supportive thinking space for anyone enduring a particularly challenging portion of life. This is all of us at some point, and I prefer a humanitarian “all in this together” perspective here.

During the first few sessions, I will assess your needs with you and we then make a joint decision about what road will suit you best. At no point are you forced or obliged to do anything that doesn’t feel right for you. You are your best advocate and I don’t take it personally if you and I are not a good fit. I’ll happily help you find your best fit – psychotherapy is about supporting YOUR best interests.


Area in SA: Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Works online: Yes

Rina van der Watt

Rina van der Watt M.Soc.Sci.

MA. (Couns. Psych) Unisa

I work with people of all ages, individually, in couples and also in families. My fields of expertise are trauma, anxiety and depression. I also often work with young children and adolescents, assisting parents in dealing with behavioural and learning difficulties.

No matter what our age or position, life stays a challenge with questions to which we have to find our own answers. And sometimes we cannot do this on our own: We need a loving but professional context within which to explore our own hopes, despair and problematic relationships and so discover new connections and answers. And this is the space I endeavour to create in partnership with my clients.

I am accustomed to working with clients both coming to my rooms and also consulting online when they need or want to in between. I found online therapy to be highly beneficial; clients being quite confident and relaxed when sharing from within their own home environment or personal space.

SA area: Springs

Works online: Yes