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.

Developing Group Gauteng (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Ann Hofmeyr,

Nature and Function of the Group: The Developing Group consists of Professionals interested in Jungian Psychology, who live in Gauteng and are able to attend seminars, workshops or discussion groups.

The aim of the Developing Group is to promote an understanding and application of Jung’s work and create a platform for exchange of ideas and personal enrichment.

The Developing Group functions under the auspices of the International Association for Analytical Psychology in Zurich (IAAP). Patrick Tummon (SAAJA in Cape Town) liaises with the IAAP on behalf of the Developing Group.

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Gauteng Association For Infant Mental Health (GAIMH)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Kathy Krishnan


Friday Psychoanalytic Reading Group

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Brigitte Patterson

Institute of Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy (IPCP)

Area: Cape Town and Johannesburg

Contact Person: Trevor Lubbe; and Julie Green and Shayleen Peeke 011 726 6466

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.


Johannesburg Association of Child Psychotherapists (JACP)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Lauren Buch (Chairperson); ,083 417 9378

Wendy Antoine or Nicole Economou

Nature and Function of the Group: The JACP is an organization that supports therapists in their practice of and in development of psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy. The group offers regular learning and liaising opportunities for members. Monthly meetings are dedicated to the presentation and discussion of relevant academic papers as well as to clinical discussion groups for case presentations. The group offers a space where members can engage and learn with fellow practitioners in a supportive and transparent way. Furthermore, the group provides learning opportunities in the form of workshops and presentations by respected local and international speakers in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Members receive biannual copies of the Journal for Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South-Africa and the group’s library collection is available to draw from. Members obtain CPD points for their participation in the group’s learning activities.

Criteria/Fees/Application: New members are welcomed to the group based on the following requirements:

  • Members should be psychoanalytically minded practitioners of psychotherapy.
  • Members should be committed to the ethical practice of psychotherapy in accordance with an ethical code as prescribed by the governing body that they are registered with as practitioners.
  • Preferably, members should be involved in their own process of long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy as well as regular psychoanalytic supervision.
  • There shouldn’t be boundary issues in relation to an existing member of the group, e.g. a patient-therapist relationship between members.

Fees: R900 per year

Application process: Prospective members are welcome to get in touch with the group’s contact person. An informal conversation will be arranged during which the suitability of the match between the group and the potential member will be explored.

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Jhb Psychoanalytic Association of Couple Therapists

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Gael Beckett

Johannesburg Contemporary Psychoanalytic Reading and Supervision Group (JCPRSG)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Cornelia Smith (Chairperson) 083 591 6424,

Nature and Function of the Group: The Johannesburg Contemporary Psychoanalytic Reading and Supervision Group has been running since 2003 and was an amalgamation of two former psychoanalytic reading groups. It started out as a group focusing specifically on the Psychoanalytic understanding of Trauma and has since developed in to a broader interest in the understanding and application of contemporary psychoanalytic ideas to the South African context.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Members are required to select and prepare readings from Contemporary Psychoanalytic Journals and these may be paired with psychoanalytically orientated psychotherapy transcripts for group feedback and supervision. At present the group is closed.

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Johannesburg Group Analytic Group (JGAG)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Anél Grobler, cell: 084 515 9444,; 011 489 0806, 082 357 7210 or Heidi Nestler

Nature and Function of the Group: JGAG is a group of multi-disciplinary professionals interested in, and committed to developing Group Analytic practice in South Africa. This group was formed by students of the group analytic training provided by Ububele.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Currently JGAG is a closed group. This is under revision and it is hoped that membership will be opened to practitioners with training or experience in group analytic principles.

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Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC)

Contact Person: Claudine Ribeiro;



Contact Person: Claudine Ribeiro;

Gillian Berkowitz


Nature and Function of the Group:

Established in 1944 as the Johannesburg Child Guidance Clinic, we provided counselling and guidance for parents and children with emotional and developmental problems. The service has gone from strength to strength, and now operates under the name of the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre, with services offered in Johannesburg and Soweto.

Our mission statement is to develop individuals, families and communities emotionally, socially and psychologically.

In line with modern Child and Family Care Philosophy and the new Children’s Act of South Africa, the strengthening and preservation of family life is the focus of services to communities. Early detection of and intervention into difficulties experienced by children and their families is vital in order to build capacity in families and communities.

We deal with problems such as the psycho-social impact of poverty  bereavement, divorce, separation, custody conflicts, marital problems, death or violence, unemployment, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, work-related problems and other psycho-social and emotional issues, on children and their families


Telephone Number: 011 484 1734 Email:

Address: 2nd Floor, CMI, corner of Empire and Hillside Roads, Parktown.


Contact Person: Gillian Berkowitz  or

Claudine Ribeiro




Our Soweto office is based in Mapetla and has been operating since 1996. The centre offer services to the community in 6 wards of the Soweto Township, covering Mapetla, Chiawelo, Protea South, Senaoane and Phiri. The estimated population of this area is about 12000 residents.

The organisation has also established itself within the community therefore there are lots of people who visit the office on a daily basis with different needs.

Address: Sedibathuto School Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone/Fax Number: 011 980 6062
Email: Website:
Contact Person: Matseke Nkadimeng
Fees: No Fees



In 1998, following on our experiences in Johannesburg and Soweto, JPCCC became aware of the needs of the community in Broederstroom.

Hartbeespoort Parent and Child Counselling Centre (HPCCC) was formed and after various moves, we are now operating from a converted container in the grounds of the Schaumburg School.

The white population in this area appears to cover the entire spectrum of socio-economic levels. The black population is predominantly poor, with the main employment opportunities being farm or casual labour. Many inhabitants of the area are seasonal or migrant workers, and due to farms having ceased to operate, the living standards of many people in the area have dropped.

The community is characterized by extreme poverty, abuse, neglect, ignorance, apathy and despair. Social problems such as alcoholism, HIV/AIDS, abuse, domestic violence and incest are rife. Little has been done about the allocation of land for informal housing. Over-crowding is increasing as one-time farm labourers are being forced off uncultivated farms. They are therefore forming numerous “informal shack dwellings” which are mostly illegal and are consequently being “moved” from one area to another. There is a chronic need of basic amenities, water, electricity and sanitation.

Area: Sharmberg School
Contact Person: Hellen Mahlase
Telephone Number: 082 218 7969
Fees: No fees


Johannesburg Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Group (JPPSG)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Vanessa gaydon; and Alan Sosnovick;

Nature and Function of the Group: JPPSG was established in 1979 and consists of a group of professional clinicians who meet once a month as a reading and study group. The group focuses on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic thinking with particular interest in the work of Melanie Klein, the aim being to increase psychoanalytic understanding and clinical skills. At the monthly meeting on a Monday night, the format is a presentation of a theoretical paper and a clinical case. There is also an annual workshop in August led by a visiting overseas psychoanalyst.

There is a strong link between this group and other psychoanalytic groups in Johannesburg, all sharing an interest in psychoanalytic thought. The link is formalised through the Liaison Committee comprised of representatives from several groups. The Liaison Committee organizes the visiting overseas analysts, an annual Ethics Workshop as well as various public lectures.

Criteria/Fees/Application: All applicants must qualified practitioners and registered with a formal body, e.g HPCSA. They must be interested in having or have had some psychoanalytic therapy and supervision. Applicants need to apply by November and will be informed if there is a space for them in the group for the following year. The annual fees as of 2011 are R680 per person. The annual August Workshop fees are approximately R2000 per person.

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Jung Group Gauteng (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Melanie Esterhuizen,

Julie Green’s Thursday Reading Group (JHB)

Area: Parkview

Contact Person: Julie Green,; 011 646 0039

Nature and Function of the Group: The group meets monthly for two hours, where there is an hour for a theory presentation and an hour of a clinical presentation. The group is part of the IPCP and so has access to the analytic overseas visitors.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The group is currently full, but if is space becomes available, it is open to anyone working or wanting to work within a psychoanalytic framework. The fees are R90 a session.


Khanya Family Centre Group

Area: Katlehong

Contact Person: Tshidi (Matshidiso) Maseko

Nature and Function of the Group: Khanya Family Centre is a South African not-for-profit organisation that provides free psychosocial services for children and families in disadvantaged communities. Since 1994 we’ve worked within townships in Johannesburg and Pretoria offering counselling and support to help those affected by problems associated with extreme poverty including HIV AIDS.

To us at Khanya, 21st Century South Africa is an energetic mix of progressive values and modernisation with vibrant and traditional cultures. We are a developing country with limited resources but as our national motto goes: We are alive with possibilities. South Africa is full of promise and a country to be proud of.

Yet millions of South Africans still suffer daily from the destructive and appalling levels of both poverty and HIV-AIDS. We passionately believe that emotional and mental wellbeing is a key step in managing and rebuilding the lives of affected individuals, families and communities.

From our origins working in townships with victims of political violence that occurred in the final years of Apartheid, to today’s ever growing number of child headed families due to HIV AIDS, we work tirelessly to support those most disadvantaged in our society.


Lauren Gower’s Tuesday Reading Group (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Lauren Gower; 082 688 5957

Nature and Function of the Group: Originally begun by Gavin Ivey, the group is currently run by Lauren Gower. Members discuss selected psychoanalytic theory papers and present clinical material. The group occasionally watches movies which illuminate theory. We meet every first and third Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Members pay R100 per meeting. The group is open to people with an interest in Psychoanalysis.

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Monday Reading Group

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Gillian Berkowitz,

Nature and Function of the Group: We are a group of 12 practitioners working psychoanalytically. We are a closed group aiming generally to maintain our numbers at 12 members. This serves to allow for the creation and maintenance of a high level of trust and openness in which we can discuss the work. We do admit new people if and when our members leave. The major criteria for joining are: a commitment to psychoanalytic work and considerable experience in working as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The group meets monthly for two hours to discuss psychoanalytic theory and clinical work. Our theoretical focus is object relations, specifically Kleinian. In addition to our monthly meetings we are committed to at least one yearly three day workshop for which we invite an analyst to teach us, mainly through clinical presentations. In order to accommodate this, our fees are R3000 for the year.

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

Area: Johannesburg, Cape Town

Contact Person: and

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.


Sue Levy’s Tues Reading Group (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Gill Berkowitz, 082 330 4217

Lefika La Phodiso (The Art Therapy Centre)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Phumzile Rakosa or or

Nature and Function of the Group:

Lefika La Phodiso (meaning rock of holding or healing) is Africa’s first psychoanalytically informed community art counselling centre. Established in 1994 Lefika’s mission is twofold:

· To build national capacity for empathy by training groups of Community Art Counsellors (CAC) dedicated to psychosocial transformation;

· To facilitate community-based counselling programmes which also act as practical placement sites for trainees.

Working collaboratively with communities, the overarching mission of Lefika is to reach as many people as possible. By training artists and community workers in community art counselling, the organisation hopes to enable groups to deal proactively, responsibly and empathetically with the issues in their own communities. Over the years teachers, refugees, children at risk, children affected by violence, young offenders and HIV positive adolescents have benefitted from Lefika’s programmes. The desire is to provide symbolic extended family structures that can unlock strength and resilience and thereby reduce violence and trauma; create stronger societal connections and ultimately a safer society.


Criteria/Fees/Application: The Community Art Counselling course is offered in eight intensive blocks that are run over a year. This training is psychoanalytically informed, focusing on creative group work and psychodynamic thinking as they relate to community and counselling work. The course is targeted at community workers, mental health practitioners, psychologists, social workers, teachers and art facilitators who are interested in and want to extend their practice, using analytic thinking and the expressive potential of image making in the course of their emotional contact with the people they work with.
Applications or enquiries for further information can be sent to


The Friday Psychoanalytic Reading Group – Johannesburg

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Brigitte Patterson,

Nature and Function of the Group: Our group was originally established by Erica Echstein in the mid 90’s. We meet fortnightly on a Friday morning for two hours as a reading and study group. Our aim is to enhance and develop our psychoanalytic understanding and therapeutic skills with a particular emphasis on object relations.

Criteria/Fees/Application: We are a closed group, but do admit new members when a space becomes available. Applicants must be qualified and experienced practitioners who work psychoanalytically.

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The Johannesburg Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Reading Group – Johannesburg

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Tertia Myers and Geordie Pilkington

Nature and Function of the Group: Our group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 19h30 to 21h00. The group alternates between discussing a reading on psychoanalytic couple therapy and a case presentation. We also try to include an external or international presenter in the programme for the year.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The cost is R300 p.a.

Tertia Myers –  tel 082 337 5010
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The Race in Psychotherapy Group (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Yvette Esprey,

Ububele African Psychotherapy Centre (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Katharine Frost

Founded by clinical psychologists Tony and Hillary Hamburger, Ububele is a centre of learning with a focus on improving the emotional development and wellbeing of children under 7, their parents and other caregivers. For the last 14 years, its work has centered on the promotion of mental health and the development, field testing and advocating of low-cost models of preventative care and experiential training, which are suitable for low-resource environments. Located in Kew, our programmes our mainly conducted in nearby Alexandra. Ububele, which means kindness, embodies the notion of public interest psychology.

The vision of Ububele, which was established in 2000, is framed by a human rights approach to mental health, particularly the rights of children to special protection, and to be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable [them] to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration. (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV), 10 December 1959).

Ububele’s vision for South Africa is that of a nurturing society with secure, well-cared for children, who grow up to be emotionally healthy adults, competent parents and good citizens.

Ububele’s mission is to have a positive impact on the mental health of disadvantaged South Africans through the development and dissemination of training programmes which focus on early childhood and experiential group work.

Contact Person: Katharine Frost;


Under Fives Group (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg: The Child and Family Centre, 40 Oxford Road, Parktown

Contact Person: Mary Ann Tandy,

Nature and Function of the Group: The Under Five Group meets once a month on the first Monday of each month from 19:30 – 21:30 at The Child and Family Centre, 40 Oxford Road, Parktown. The readings are taken from the current Journals of Child Psychotherapy. An hour is spent on the theory paper and the second hour on a clinical presentation. For those interested to join the group contact Mary Ann Tandy.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Experience in the parent-infant/child psychotherapy field is not a prerequisite for joining the group. The group enjoys the input of overseas visitors as it is affiliated to the IPCP. CPD points are awarded


Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma (SAPI) (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Ntsiki Ndumela; and Siobahn Carter-Brown;


Writing Group(WG)(JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Kathy Krishnan;

Nature and Function of the Group: Please contact Kathy

Criteria/Fees/Application: Please contact Kathy

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Working with Parents (WWP) (JHB)

Area: Dunkeld, Johannesburg

Contact Person: Theresa Quinn;

Nature and Function of the Group: The group was established about ten years ago, in order to allow therapists who work mainly with children a space to discuss issues relating to parent counselling. It combines a reading group with peer supervision.

Meetings are from 8:30 to 10 am the last Friday of every month. A reading is presented and discussed. This is followed by a case presentation and discussion. All readings have a psychodynamic orientation. CPD points have been allocated for the meetings. As the purpose of the group is to increase therapeutic skills with respect to parent counselling, all group members are practicing psychotherapists. At the moment group members consist of psychologists and social workers. There are currently about twenty-nine group members.

Criteria/Fees/Application: New member applications are processed by the committee, and then forwarded to the group to exclude boundary issues.

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