Cape Town

All individuals interested in learning more about psychoanalytic practice, wishing to develop their own therapeutic skills or wanting to be more involved in the South African Psychoanalytic Community are invited to explore and consider joining any of the member groups listed below.
Member groups may be subject to specific application criteria and others may be closed groups. Please contact the individual groups to find out more.

Association of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (ACPP) (CT)

Area: Cape Town – Central, Southern and Northern suburbs with affiliate members in JHB and DBN.

Contact Person: Tessa Ackermann; , 021 685 6075 and and
Jacqui Katts;, 076 753 5131

Nature and function of the group:
The ACPP is an association of couple psychotherapists who offer psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy. The association had its beginnings in 1999 where a group of couple therapists began to support each others work of applying psychoanalytic thinking to working with couples. The ACPP has its theoretical roots in the couple therapy model developed by the now Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (formerly the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute, TMSI) in London. The ACPP was formerly constituted in 2009. Members of the ACPP are registered therapists who have undertaken an in-depth two-year couple psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy training. All members are part of ongoing peer education and support groups that meet monthly. Monthly seminars consist of reading psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy papers alongside couple case presentations.

The broad aims of the organisation are:

1) To promote regular monthly forums to think about couples psychoanalytically and to encourage the development of knowledge and skills for therapists who work psychoanalytically with couples.

2) To offer ongoing training and accreditation of couple psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

(For training enquiries, contact Francis Whitehead:; or Rosemary Martin: ).

3) To encourage contact with other like-minded organisations both nationally and internationally.

4) To promote psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy in relation to other models of couple work and to promote public awareness and education in this model of couple work.

5) To promote and sustain ethical practice and principles in couple work.

Criteria / Fees / Application: All members should…

  • be legally qualified practitioners and registered with a formal board – HPCSA.
  • have completed the in-depth two year training.
  • be conducting couple psychoanalytically informed couple psychotherapy.
  • An annual fee is payable.
  • CPD points are awarded for attendance at once monthly meetings and for presenting a paper or case


Cape Town Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Group (CTCAPG)

Area: Rosebank, Cape Town

Contact Person: Bea Wirz; or Cathy Rogers;

Nature and Function of the Group: The CTCAPG meets in Rosebank, Cape Town, and includes psychotherapists from throughout Cape Town. It is a psychoanalytic reading group that began in 1994 and aims to provide a structure for the professional development of psychotherapists working with children and adolescents, while also contributing to the psychoanalytic understanding of such children, parents and families. Format of the meetings…

The CTCAPG meets on the last Tuesday of every month, from January to November. The usual format of these meetings is:

  • a brief business meeting with the whole group, after which the group breaks up into subgroups for:
  • an hour’s discussion of a pre-read, relevant theoretical reading, led by a presenter
  • a presentation and peer discussion of a clinical case.

It is expected that each member present a pre-read theoretical paper and a case during the course of the year. The readings for each year usually centre around a theme, with recent examples being adolescence, attachment, oedipal issues, siblings. Input from guest speakers, one social and ethics event are usually held during the year. The group is open to practitioners who meet membership criteria. The process for joining the group involves contacting the chairperson or a committee member who will provide an application form. The group closes once the year begins around February each year.

Boundaries around clients, personal therapy and supervision are respected and sensitively handled.

Criteria/Fees/Application: All members should…

  • be legally qualified practitioners and registered with a formal council
  • have had or be having substantive psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • be in ongoing psychoanalytic supervision
  • be conducting, or be preparing to conduct, psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy with children in order to present case material

An annual fee is payable prior to 30 April of each year.

Attendance: Members are expected to attend at least 60% of the monthly meetings for which CPD points are awarded (2 per meeting attended and 3 when you are presenting the case/paper)

Website: N/A

Cape Town Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Group (CTPSP)

Area: Rosebank, Cape Town

Contact Person: Cathy Aaron;, 021 689 2077, Emilita Pecego;, 084 227 0197, Ian Donald;, 021 531 8797, Jenny Twiggs;, 021 683 1136

Nature and Function of the Group: The Cape Town Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Group (CTPSPG) is an association devoted to the advancement of the theoretical and practical understanding and development of Self Psychology among therapists, their clients and members of the general public.

There is a monthly meeting of the whole membership. These meetings are intended as an educational forum and a way to maintain and foster contact among members. They take a variety of forms, including symposia, presentation of original papers and discussion of critical theoretical and technical issues. We encourage a relaxed and informal atmosphere where members feel free to engage in discussion at all levels of experience and also present their own clinical material.

We also hold an annual ethics workshop. Most members additionally belong to a reading group which meets monthly although this is not mandatory .Reading groups choose their own course of reading, but can be guided by suggestions provided by more experienced members. All the above meetings are credited for CPD points.

Other: We are closely associated with the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and have a number of senior international psychoanalysts present at our local conferences – they also generously make resources and information available to our group.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Membership is open to anyone who is registered with the HPCSA. Anyone interested in joining the group is encouraged to contact Emilita for a membership form. Annual subscription fees for 2011 are R400.


Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CTSPP)

Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Ilana Edelstein;, 021 480 6419, 072 263 5777

Nature and Function of the Group: The CTSPP is a professional non-profit association, established in 1984. It aims to maintain an organizational structure for psychoanalytic thinking in order to develop psychoanalytic psychotherapy in areas of theory, clinical practice, training and research. Through our knowledge and skills we wish to contribute to the psychoanalytic understanding of individuals, couples, groups and communities in South Africa. The organisation has monthly meetings which aim to promote the ongoing education of members through case presentations as well as a theory discussion. In addition, the organisation has an Ethics committee and a Public Lecture Series Program.

Criteria/Fees/Application: All members should be qualified practitioners and registered with a formal Council (HPCSA, SANC, SACSSP). They should be interested in pursuing psychoanalytic studies, have had or be having substantial psychoanalytic psychotherapy, be in ongoing psychoanalytic supervision and be conducting psychoanalytic psychotherapy. There are three categories of membership:

  • Full members: A Full member is a fully paid up member who has been accepted into one of the two main groups which run separately on account of boundary issues. Full members are members registered with one of the professional registering bodies who have either completed a year in the Introductory Group, or the equivalent thereof.
  • Introductory Group members: Introductory Group members are Associate members and pay a reduced annual fee. They may be given Full membership status after one year in the Introductory Group, subject to their fulfilment of the criteria for membership of the Society.
  • Affiliate members: Affiliate membership is a category for full members of at least 5 years standing who are unable to maintain full membership for an extended period of time but regard the CTSPP as an important organizational affiliation. Affiliate members are liable for 20% of the annual membership fee. Should an Affiliate member wish to return as a full member of the CTSPP, he/she will join whichever group is appropriate, bearing boundary issues in mind.


South African Association of Jungian Analysts

Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Dain Peters;
C G Jung Centre, 87 Main Road, Rosebank, Cape Town
Tel: 021 689 6090

Nature and Function of the Group: The Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) began with the vision of Dr. Vera Buhrman in the mid 1980’s. Her journey to understand the conflicting opposites in South African society during the dark years under the Apartheid regime led her to Jung, and eventually to the formation of SAAJA. A graduate of the medical school at Cape Town University in 1935, she devoted herself to child welfare services, where she became a pioneer in South Africa in promoting structures that specifically addressed mother/child relationship issues. She went to London in the 1950’s to train both as a child psychotherapist in the Public Health Services, and as a Jungian Analyst with Michael Fordham’s group. She returned to South Africa and was able to realize her vision of establishing a training centre for Jungian analysts in Cape Town, the first of its kind in Africa.

Her immersion in the complexities of South African culture led her to undertake extensive transcultural research in !Xhosa traditional healing methods during the 1970’s and l980’s. This resulted in over twenty publications and her seminal book “Living in Two Worlds” published in 1984 (Human and Rousseau, Cape Town).

The training of the first group of candidates under, at times, very challenging conditions culminated in 1992 with eight candidates graduating as members of the International Association of Jungian Analysts (IAAP) in Chicago. At the IAAP conference in Zurich in 1995, SAAJA was granted the status of a training institute. SAAJA currently has thirty two members and runs a four-year training programme.


Children for Tomorrow – SA (CT)

Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Umesh Bawa; Email:;,Tel: 021 695 1919 (office) or 082 202 3211(mobile)

Guga S’Thebe Arts and Culture Centre
120 Washington Street
Langa, 7455
P.O. Box 255, Langa, 7455

Nature and Function of the Group: The CFT-SA is a non-profit organisation. It was established in 1998 and offers a free psychological service to children, youth and families affected by violence and trauma. The project was first started and is still located in Langa – the oldest black township in Cape Town. It is associated with and supported by the Children for Tomorrow Foundation of Ms. Stephanie Graf in Germany.

  • It brings together a range of professionals and community based practitioners from South Africa and other African contexts that have an interest in the development of psychoanalytic theory, research, training and psychotherapeutic clinical practice using curative, promotive and preventive modalities.
  • Through its members and repository of skills and knowledge, it continues in its mission to contribute to a culturally sensitive, contextually appropriate, accessible and ethical service delivery ethos. It is informed by a psychoanalytic understanding of the needs of individuals, groups and communities in contexts of low income, social neglect, economic inequity and structural violence.
  • Promotes shared-learning partnerships between people of diverse backgrounds to enhance their capacity to respond to the challenges and benefits of a democratic South Africa and wider African continent.
  • The organisation has regular meetings and seminars to promote the ongoing training and development of its members and community partnerships to enhance contextualised psychoanalytic thought and service delivery.

Criteria/Fees/Application: All members should generally be qualified practitioners and registered with a formal Council (HPCSA). Community members should be interested in formally pursuing an understanding of the dynamics both psychoanalytic and contextual that contribute to distress in societies affected by social oppression, social inequality and war.

Website: (Follow the Cape Town link)

Group Analytic Association Cape Town (GACT)

Contact Person: Thea Beech;

Institute of Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy (IPCP)

Area: Cape Town and Johannesburg

Contact Person: Trevor Lubbe; or 084 746 6852

Nature and Function of the Group: The IPCP was founded in 1996 in order to offer post-graduate courses in child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy in South Africa. The organization also offers input for child care workers on child development and to community projects where members act as consultants to community projects.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The core training programme is a certificate or diploma course titled ‘Therapeutic Communications with Children’ accredited by the Tavistock Clinic, London. This is a modular course that includes Lectures in Psychoanalytic Theory, Infant Observation and participation in a Work Discussion group. Clinical tutors from London visit these courses twice yearly.


The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa

Area: Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng / Oude Westhof, Bellville, Western Cape

Contact Person: Pretoria: William Griffith email: Cell:082 871 2201 / Cape Town: Rani Prinsloo email: Cell: 084 515 2366

Nature and Function of the Group:

Reading Groups

The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa has a Cape Town and a Pretoria reading group focused on the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Emphasis is mainly on the developmental, self and object relations approach of J.F. Masterson, but includes others as well.

The Pretoria reading group is an open group, which takes place two Wednesday evenings a month, and is facilitated by Mr William Griffith.

The Cape Town reading group is a closed group which takes place every second Thursday. The group is facilitated by Mr Loray Daws, via video conferencing from Canada.

Case Presentations

The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa hosts monthly Saturday morning case presentations. This is a forum where the group discusses a case presented by a clinician, and serves as a learning opportunity to see how the theory is translated into practice. This is on open forum, and can be attended by those interested in Pretoria as well as Cape Town, since these two sites are linked via video conferencing. For more information, please contact William Griffith for Pretoria inquiries, and Rani Prinsloo for Cape Town inquiries.

Post Graduate Certificate Program

The three-year postgraduate Certificate Program run by the International Masterson Institute aims to promote a thorough understanding of Masterson’s Developmental, Self and Object Relations Approach and its applications to normal human development, psychopathology, and the basic precepts of psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, with a special focus on providing therapists with the requisite knowledge and skill required to treat patients who suffer from personality disorders (also classified as disorders of the self). In recent years, significant findings from neurobiology and attachment theory have been integrated into the Masterson Approach’s theoretical framework. The program consists of three years of formal course work, plus clinical supervision. Courses are organized into US fall and spring semesters, each lasting 16 weeks. The Institute encourages the full development of personal and professional capacities and, therefore, strongly recommends personal psychotherapy to candidates. The Institute aims to build a network of highly trained therapists skilled in basic psychodynamic principles as well as theoretical and technical precepts specifically designed for effective treatment of patients suffering from Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid disorders. Classes are held at the office of the Masterson Institute in New York City on Friday mornings from 8am to 12pm, but can be joined internationally via video conferencing. For further inquiries, place contact William Griffith.


The faculty offers individual supervision for interested clinicians. This can be done via skype if a supervisee is in a different location. Please contact William Griffith for further information.


The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa hosts regular conferences. The next conference will be in Cape Town in August of 2012. Many of the international faculty members present at these conferences. For further information, contact Rani Prinsloo or William Griffith.

South African Psychoanalysis Initiative (SAPI) (CT / JHB)

Area: Johannesburg, Cape Town

Contact Person: Siobhan Carter-Brown Sue Levy

Nature and Function of the Group: SAPI was started by Mark and Karen Solms in 2004 to foster the growth of psychoanalysis in South Africa, primarily through gaining admission to the IPA as an analytic training school which enables the training of analysts, and also through training support for psychoanalytic psychotherapists. Currently South Africa has 6 analysts (IPA members) and several in training, with another three members close to becoming full analysts. SAPI is linked to SAPA, the South African Psychoanalytic Association. This signifies that SAPI is making great strides in aligning the South African psychoanalytic community with its international counterparts, and thereby contributing to the normalisation of psychoanalysis in South African society.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The organization consists currently of 5 clinical seminar groups, two in Cape Town and three in Johannesburg. A further Cape Town group will be launched later this year. The Cape Town groups meet at the Child Guidance Clinic and the Johannesburg groups meet at Ububele: African Psychotherapy Resource and Training Centre. The groups meet monthly and members present their clinical work to their group under the guidance of an Analyst.

In addition SAPI holds an annual conference in February in Franchhoek on the Solms Delta Farm and an annual Education Day in Spring at Ububele. Members pay an annual fee which covers the costs of the transport of the analysts to the clinical seminars ( between the two cities), as well as the costs of the IPA visits to South Africa. This latter is part of the development of analytic capacity in South Africa. Colleagues who are unable to pay the full fee are invited to apply for a subsidy as no one should be prohibited from joining SAPI for financial reasons. Colleagues may pay 50% of the fee in order to attend the Conference and the Education Day while being on the waiting list for admission to a group. Allocation to a seminar group takes therapist-patient boundaries into careful consideration.

Criteria for joining SAPI…

  • An interest in psychoanalytic work
  • Regular attendance at Clinical Seminars
  • Must be working clinically
  • Willingness to present work
  • Regular fee payment( unless subsidy applied for and granted)
  • Commitment to respect boundaries and confidentiality in attending seminars and national events and in presentation of work.


University of Cape Town Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy PhD Programme (UCT)

Contact Person: Mark Solms;