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.


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

Contact Person: Tessa Ackermann (, 021 685 6075)  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

Fees: An annual fee of R450 is payable.



Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Terri Blaszkiewicz (

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 meet 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

Fee: 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)



Area: Rosebank, Cape Town

Contact Person: Judy Grant SAPC representatives (; 072 252 5646),
Maia Zway (; 076 735 5272).

New membership queries: Pat Oliver (

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.

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 or other relevant professional body.. Anyone interested in joining the group is encouraged to contact Pat Oliver ( for fees and application details.



Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Simone Friess (, 021-4380053)

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 where relevant papers from professional journals and books are being presented. In addition, the organisation has an Ethics committee which organises CPD accredited ethics workshops and advises and supports members on questions relating to ethical issues.

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 two categories of membership:

  • Full members: A Full member is a fully paid up member who has been accepted into
    the group and who is attending the monthly meetings during the year.
  • 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.



Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Kathleen Mawson (

Nature and Function of the Group: The rationale for the establishment of the centre was to develop and expand group therapy in Cape Town, and to offer group analytic thinking as a tool to understand and work with the small, median and large group demands of post-Apartheid South Africa. The Cape Town Centre for Group Analytic Studies offers part-time training programmes and courses to mental health professionals and people working with and/or interested in groups. The courses introduce a group analytic perspective and the adaptation of this perspective to the South African context.

Courses combine experiential learning through a group process, theory seminars and lectures, and supervision. The centre also offers long term group therapy and ongoing supervision for graduates of the programmes.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Membership is open to alumni of the courses (largely educators and mental health professionals) or those with an interest in group therapy.



Area: Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban

Contact Persons: Irene Chait ( JHB;

Melanie Horwitz ( CT;

Bev Miles ( DBN.

Nature and Function of the Group: The Institute for Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy (IPCP) is dedicated to the development and training of clinicians in the field of child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy in South Africa. The IPCP has close links with the Tavistock Clinic in London.

The IPCP is committed to the growth and professional development of the psychoanalytic community. Our qualified group of staff conducts a diverse range of courses including: infant observation, psychoanalytic reading groups and clinical seminar groups.

The IPCP is actively involved in the support and supervision of childcare workers and community projects. Members of the IPCP team act as consultants to a number of community projects to teach and supervise individuals involved in community programmes.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The IPCP is an accredited CPD provider by the HPCSA and CPD points can be attained from the completion of our courses and membership of our groups. IPCP members can also enrol in IPCP Therapeutic Communications with Children consisting of three components: a two- year infant observation; attendance of the four seminal theory courses; and working with a child or adolescent case in a clinical seminar group for a year.

The IPCP publishes a newsletter, the Read Thread, every two months which gives information about the IPCP courses, groups and community work as well as increasingly becoming the newsletter of the psychoanalytic community.


THE MASTERSON INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA: For the study and treatment of the disorders of the self

Area: Kenridge, Durbanville, Western Cape / Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng

Contact Persons: Cape Town: William Griffith (, 0828712201)

Pretoria: Sean Moorcroft (, 0824692510)

Nature and Function of the Group:

Reading Groups

The Masterson Institute 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 once a month on Wednesday evenings, and is facilitated by Mr Gustaf Pretorius and Mr Sean Moorcroft.

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

Case Presentations
The Masterson Institute of South Africa hosts bi-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 Sean Moorcroft for Pretoria inquiries, and William Griffith 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 organised 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 usually held via video conferencing on Friday mornings from 8am to 12pm.

For further inquiries, contact William Griffith.

Introduction to the Psychoanalytical Therapy of the Borderline Disorder of the Self: The Masterson Approach

The aim of this presentation of the work of Dr. James F. Masterson is to introduce Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and Psychiatrists to an effective therapeutic approach in treating the unique, even explosive, world of the pre-oedipal patient. The suffering that goes hand in hand with the split object relations world of the Borderline Disorder of the Self poses a familiar challenge to those engaged in the helping professions. James Masterson brings a unique perspective to the treatment of the Borderline Disorder of the Self — an orientation he calls a Developmental, Self and Object Relations Approach. The course will provide the theoretical background and demonstrate the technical application of Dr. Masterson’s model. Students will receive a well thought-through curriculum that exposes you to Masterson’s work. This theoretical understanding will form the foundation from which therapeutic technique will be taught. This six months course is presented in both Cape Town and Pretoria and more details can be gathered by visiting the website.

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 2018. Many of the international faculty members present at these conferences. For further information, contact Sean Moorcroft or William Griffith.



Area: Wynberg, Cape Town

Contact Person: Blanche Rezant (

Nature and Function of the Group: This group functions as part of a programme initiated by an Non-Profit Organisation called The Parent Centre has turned 35 years in May 2018. This group was established by Dr Mireille Landman and is in existence for more than 20 years. Supervisors (Psychologists and Social Workers) render reflective supervision services as supervisors to 10  lay community counsellors from across Cape Town ( including areas such as Imizamo Yethu, Hanover Park, Mitchell’s Plain and ‘Khayelitsha to mention a few) . Support services are rendered to at-risk pregnant women, mothers and their babies from pregnancy up until baby is about 6 months old. The focus is to provide holistic maternal mental health support, infant mental health and create a safe space to explore the importance of bonding and attachment.  This programme is framed within the First 1000 days initiative within the Western Cape.

Criteria/Fees/Application: We are a closed group, but would request professional who have a keen interest or have experience working in a psychoanalytic framework to avail themselves as supervisors (at a reduced rate as we are an NPO).

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Area: Rosebank, Cape Town

Contact Person: Lynda Blanchard (021 689 6090)

Nature and Function of the Group: The Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) is a professional society of accredited Jungian Analysts who offer analysis, supervision, seminars, lectures and workshops. The organization provides an internationally recognized postgraduate training in Analytical Psychology for registered health professionals who have a master’s degree or equivalent qualification, and is designed to accommodate practicing psychotherapists, in as well as at a distance from Cape Town. The Public Program Committee arranges monthly analytical psychology lectures and offers Associate Membership of SAAJA to non-analysts. Members receive
copies of the bi-annual journal, Mantis.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The Centre houses a comprehensive library of Jungian and psychoanalytic literature which is open to the public for a small fee. Interested persons can arrange to be notified via email of SAAJA events.


Area: National, C G Jung Centre, 87 Main Road, Rosebank, Cape Town

Contact, 021 689 6090. Dain Peters (

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.


Area: National, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Contact Person: Elda Storck (; Gyuri Fodor (

Nature and Function of the Group: SAPA is an IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association) accredited Provisional Society which has recently been established in South Africa. SAPA’s aim is the development of SAPA training in psychoanalysis. Applicants are selected for training by both the local SAPA membership as well as an IPA Sponsoring body which supports the SAPA initiative. The SAPA training includes a full personal psychoanalysis (four or five times weekly), a comprehensive theoretical curriculum on psychoanalysis, clinical seminars within a group structure and individual clinical supervision of two analytic cases. SAPA is closely linked with SAPI (South African Psychoanalytic Initiative) a broad based group of psychoanalytical psychotherapists. SAPI membership funds and supports the SAPA initiative. SAPA members offer SAPI members monthly clinical seminars in both Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as two annual events: an education day in Johannesburg and an annual weekend conference in Franschhoek.

Criteria/Fees/Application: SAPA is a training organization which welcomes new members via application to train in psychoanalysis.


Area: Cape Town, Johannesburg

Contact Person:  Coletta Canale ( and 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 18 analysts (IPA members) and several in training, with a few 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 normalization of psychoanalysis in South African society. In 2017 SAPI received accreditation by the IPA as an Allied Centre in recognition of its contribution to the development of psychoanalytic practice in SA. As an Allied Centre SAPI has the benefits of a professional connection with the IPA, including
regular site visits.

Groups: The organization has 15 groups in all. There are 7 clinical seminar groups, three in Cape Town and four in Johannesburg. 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. Case material is discussed with the aim of linking it to greater understanding of psychoanalytic theory and serves as a platform for learning and professional development.

There are also 5 research groups, known as ITTT groups. There are 3 in Johannesburg and 2 in Cape Town, with a focus on Inter-transgenerational Transmission of Trauma working towards transformation in the South African context. A sixth research group focuses on Drive Theory where clinical material is also presented.

Community groups are run in Johannesburg and in Cape Town. They are facilitated by analysts and senior psychotherapists within SAPI. The group is aimed at students and community service practitioners working in community settings. Material related to work in the community environment is presented and discussed within the group drawing on psychoanalytic engagement and understanding
In addition SAPI holds an annual conference in February and an annual Education Day in Spring these alternate between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Fees: Members pay an annual fee which covers the costs of the transport for 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. Members who are unable to commit to the monthly seminar engagement can be Simply SAPI members and receive all correspondence and have access to the Education day and the Conference at member rates.

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.

Allocation of new members to a seminar group takes therapist-patient boundaries into careful consideration.



Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Caroline Sullivan (

Nature and Function of the Group: The Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health (WCAIMH) is a professional organization affiliated to the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH). Members of WCAIMH are health professionals or people working with infant mental health issues in the Western Cape, South Africa. Meetings are held monthly at Red Cross Hospital, Child and Family Unit, where expert speakers are invited to present on a variety of infant mental health- related topics.

WCAIMH aims to promote optimal physical, emotional and social development of infants by means of:

  • Promoting the realization that infancy is a sensitive period in the psychosocial development of children
  • Facilitating communication and support among individuals and organizations concerned with infant care
  • Promoting the scientific study of infancy and disseminating research information on the effects of infant, parent and care-giver mental health on infant development
  • Advancing education of professionals who study and/or care for infants
  • Advocating for conditions that support optimal infant development and facilitate intervention and prevention of mental impairment in infancy