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: Kenridge, Newlands, Rondebosch

Contact Person: Martin Miller;, 021 689 4652 / 082 922 9773. Pam Gunston;, 021 683 3853

Cape Town Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Group (CTCAPG)

Area: Rosebank, Cape Town

Contact Person: Austin Smith; 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. The annual fee for 2011 was R590 for full membership

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.


Centre for Group Analytic Studies (CT)

Area: Cape Town

Contact Person: Dr. Monica Spiro (Director);, Admin –
Postal address: 4 Walloon Close, Constantia, 7806, South Africa.
Telephone: 021 794 1577 Fax: 021 794 1577

Nature and Function of the Group: The Cape Town Centre for Group Analytic Studies (established 2007) 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 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.

Criteria/Fees/Application: At present there are 3 courses on offer: An Introductory Group Psychotherapy Experience and Training Programme, an Intermediate Group Psychotherapy Experience and Training Programme, and a course introducing Group Analytic Concepts in Educational Settings. The centre also offers long term group therapy for graduates of the Intermediate Programme. Quarterly lectures are open to the public and further workshops, events and groups are advertised on an ad hoc basis.


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: (See the English pages. Follow the Cape Town link)

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Reading Group (JHB)

Area: Northern Johannesburg

Contact Person: Vanessa Gaydon; 084 669 9696,

Nature and Function of the Group: The group meets on a Wed evening to discuss contemporary psychoanalytic papers and clinical cases based on long term individual adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Criteria/Fees/Application: In terms of joining the group, there are no formal criteria or fees.

Website: N/A

Developing Group Gauteng (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Marita de Wet (Chairperson),

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.

Activities: Local and International Jungian Analysts are invited to present lectures on Analytical Psychology and related fields. Typically meetings are held monthly for 10 months of the year.

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.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Professional Group for Psychologists, Medical Doctors, Psychiatrists

Website: N/A

Durban Psychoanalytic Couples Group (DPCG) (DBN)

Area: Durban

Contact Person: June Marwick;, 031 201-9916 / 082 848 2040

Durban Psychoanalytic Group (DPG) (DBN)

Area: Durban

Contact Person: June Marwick; or 031 201 9916 /082 848 2040

Nature and Function of the Group: The Durban Psychoanalytic group has been running without interruption since 1995 previously under the chair of Dr Anne Dale and since 2010 under the chair of Mrs. June Marwick. This is a non-profit-making organization that works to further the growth of professionals who work within a psychoanalytic framework.

The purpose of the group is to develop and foster psychoanalytic knowledge and skills, to promote psychoanalytic thinking about patients whether children, adolescents, parent-child, adult individuals or couples. This thinking includes among other concerns, exploring the meaning of dynamics, of defences/ resistances, of enactments, of transferential issues for patient and therapist, attachment patterns, and meaning and maintenance of the therapeutic frame. This work also includes the promoting of professionalism and ethical considerations within psychoanalytic work.

For the first few years of the group, the work was constituted in the following way: full day meeting once a month for:

  • Infant Observation Course
  • Presentation of cases for supervision
  • Academic literature discussion

This was under the direction and management of Sheila Miller and Judith Davies [Tavistock (London) trained psychoanalytical psychotherapists] who alternated in attendance/ supervision at meetings. The Infant Observation course was completed over two years. It no longer forms part of the work for this group.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Currently the group meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month for meetings of between 4 and 5 hours. Meetings involve:

  • Presentation of cases for peer supervision or supervision by guest psychoanalytic therapist
  • Exploration of theoretical material (papers; journal articles; books)
  • Presentation of topics by guest psychoanalytic therapist for group exploration

The group consists of nine members who have a committed interest in pursuing psychoanalytic understanding as practicing psychotherapists. Individual supervision and personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy is strongly encouraged for members. At present this is a closed group for purposes of building and deepening understandings in a stable and consistent manner. However, consideration would be given to applicants should a place become available.

Website: N/A

Group Analytic Association Cape Town (GACT)

Contact Person: Thea Beech;

Groups for the Reading and Study of Psychoanalysis (GRASP)

Area: Morningside, Sandton, Gauteng

Contact Person: Coralie Trotter;, 082 772 7939 , Mike Benn;, 073 152 7846, Nick Davies;, 082 560 5286

Nature and Function of the Group: GRASP is a formally constituted professional interest group with a focus on psychoanalytic thought and clinical work which meets in four subgroups, the first one being initiated in 1999. Each group meets for two hours once a month excluding January and December. At the outset of the year a programme is agreed upon based on the needs expressed within each individual group which is then allowed to unfold organically during the course of the year in response to countertransference, the clinical and metatheoretical issues which arise and the theoretical and technical gaps which emerge. GRASP adopts a critical stance in its approach to theory in that theory is seen as an Object constructed partly through the writer’s ideological view and internal objects (which creates an inevitable blind spot) as well as having a substance and life of its own. This approach allows for depth of engagement and theoretical rigour as well as the exploration and comparison of different theories. Both classic and contemporary texts are included but the starting point is always the primary paper in the literature. There are additional workshops during the year which are designed either to enable new members to catch up with a set of readings or are based on requests from individuals. They also allow the subgroups to come together and are open to non-members. These so-called catch-up groups attempt to inform practice by grappling intensely with a particular clinical concept or argument.

Criteria/Fees/Application: An ongoing attempt is made in each group to constitute a cohesive, emotionally safe space to think and share the experience of being a clinician. The criterion for joining is an interest in psychoanalytic thought and work and is not dependent upon training, experience or the nature of the qualification although all members must be qualified practitioners and registered with the appropriate formal body. The application process involves contacting Coralie Trotter who then consults with the existing group members regarding boundary issues, the dynamics in the group and the general fit of the applicant into the personality of the group if this information is available. Once the person has joined they slot into an alphabetical rotation list in terms of the fee which operates regardless of attendance and applies until the person formally resigns from the group. This rotation is carried from one year to the next and is negotiable. The fee is recalculated each year and includes all photostatting, the CPD fee, the SAPC fee and refreshments.

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.


Johannesburg Association of Child Psychotherapists (JACP)

Area: Johannesburg

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

Leonora Engelbrecht (Vice-chairperson);, 083 303 3887

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.

Website: N/A

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.

Website: N/A

Johannesburg Group Analytic Group (JGAG)

Area: Johannesburg

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

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.

Website: N/A

Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC)


The Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre was established in 1944 as the Johannesburg Child Guidance Clinic to provide counselling and guidance for parents and children with emotional and developmental problems. For the past sixty four years the service has gone from strength to strength, and now operates under the name of the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre. Our services extend throughout Gauteng and we operate from premises in Berea, Rosebank, Soweto and Hartebeespoort.

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 HIV/AIDS and poverty on children and their families, 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. Our services are held in high regard and hence we have a wide referral source.

Address: 32 Honey Street, Berea, Johannesburg

Telephone Number: 011 484 1734

Fax Number: 011 643 2957

Email: Website:

Contact Person: Luke Lamprecht

Fees: Sliding Scale


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

Telephone Number: 082 218 7969

Email: Website:

Contact Person: Hellen Mahlase

Fees: No fees

Johannesburg Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Group (JPPSG)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Joan Schon (Chairperson); or Luke Lambrecht;

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.

Website: N/A

Julie Green’s Thursday Reading Group (JHB)

Area: Parkview

Contact Person: Nefeli Sfetsion;,082 764 3573 or 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.


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.

Website: N/A

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.


Monday Reading Group

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Shayleen Peeke 011 726 6466

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.

Website: N/A

PE Psychoanalytic Group

Area: Port Elizabeth

Contact Person: Lesley Stroud;

Pretoria Psychoanalytic Group

Area: Pretoria

Contact Person: Arlene Joffe; 012 346 3373

Nature and Function of the Group: The group falls under the auspices of the (Johannesburg) Institute for Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy and is run by Arlene Joffe. We meet monthly to further our education in and understanding of psychoanalytic work. To this end we read and discuss psychoanalytic theory as well as present and discuss clinical work.

Criteria/Fees/Application: We are a small group of 8 people and for the moment we are closed to new members as we wish to preserve the atmosphere of a small group in which it becomes possible to be open about the difficulties of the work. The group is only for qualified practitioners, who are working psychoanalytically or interested in working psychoanalytically.

Website: N/A

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa (PPSA) (Journal)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Carol Long;, 011 717 4510, 083 788 0495

Nature and Function of the Group: The professional journal Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa (PPSA) is a non-profit journal, established in 1992 by Trevor Lubbe, a child psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Tony Hamburger, a clinical psychologist, both now based inJohannesburg, South Africa. The objective of the PPSA journal is to act as a vehicle for psychoanalytic thinking in order to develop psychoanalytic psychotherapy in areas of theory, clinical practice, training and research. The journal publishes papers that are clinically relevant, theoretically informed and pertinent to contemporary South African life. The PPSA journal is Department of Education accredited for research subsidy purposes: ISSN 1023-0548. It is a peer reviewed journal.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Subscribe to the journal by contacting Allengary Naicker ( . Subscription fees for 2011 are R160 (for individuals); R180 (for institutions). Two editions are published per year.


Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA)

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.


South African Psychoanalytic Association (SAPA) (National)

Area: Cape Town and Johannesburg

President: Mark Solms –

Contact person:  Gyuri Fodor –

Nature and Function of the Group: SAPA is an IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association) accredited Study Group which has recently been established in South Africa. SAPA’s aim is the development of an IPA-accredited local 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 bothJohannesburg 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.


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

Area: Johannesburg, Cape Town

Contact Person: Karen Gubb Gael Beckett; 083 675 7158

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 normalization of 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. The 2011 fee is R2400 per member per annum. This includes 9 clinical seminars, the Conference, the Education Day and SAPC fees. CPD points are allocated. SAPI members have the option of joining PEPWEB at an additional annual fee.

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.

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Katherine Bain Group(JHB)

Contact Person: Helen Dooley;

Sue Levy’s Tues Reading Group (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Gill Berkowitz, 082 330 4217

The Almost Group – Pretoria

Contact Person: Ivonne Albers;

Lefika La Phodiso (The Art Therapy Centre)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Mbalenhle Nkosi;

Nature and Function of the Group: Lefika is Africa’s first psychoanalytically informed art therapy centre, born in 1993 out of a critical need to respond to the effects of trauma from political violence in the final years of Apartheid in South Africa. Today Lefika works to better the lives of those individuals, families and communities affected by abuse, crime, poverty, xenophobia and HIV AIDS. We aim to create sustainable psychosocial transformation through providing safe spaces in which containment and imagination engender growth and positivity.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Lefika offers training to become a Community Arts Psychoanalytical Practitioner. The course can be completed either part-time over the period of a year or in a modular format. Please see the below website for further details.


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

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 Jung Group – Bloemfontein

Area: Bloemfontein

Contact Person: Pierre Celliers;, 083 293 4468

Nature and Function of the Group: We meet on a regular basis for discussions and we often invite analysts from other areas like Johannesburg and Cape Town to come and lecture us or to conduct workshops.

Criteria/Fees/Application: All the members are registered psychologists with many years of experience in private practice. All of them are involved in the supervision of psychologists and psychiatrists who are in practice. Other psychologists are welcome provided they are experienced in this field.

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Ububele African Psychotherapy Centre (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Jake Matlhong;

Under Fives Group (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

St Vincent’s School in Melrose, Johannesburg

Contact Person: Nicola Dugmore, or 082 458 9487

Nature and Function of the Group: The Under 5 Group meets monthly on a Monday evening for two hours. There is a discussion of a reading related to parent-infant/child psychotherapy for one hour and then a work discussion based on a clinical presentation of a parent-infant/child case.

Criteria/Fees/Application: At the moment the group is full but there is a waiting list and depending on interest it may be that I will start another group. 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

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University of Cape Town Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy PhD Programme (UCT)

Contact Person: Mark Solms;

Working with Parents (WWP) (JHB)

Area: Dunkeld, Johannesburg

Contact Person: Linda Rudenburg;, 011 486 700

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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